Game of Thrones Winterfell Tour Dublin Ireland
Well, yes I know. This was a long awaited post for many of you! My apologies for putting this next to last on my list of our European trip articles to get done, but I hope worth the wait! And anyway, the first shall be last and the last shall be first.
I still have one more article of our arrival and first day in Ireland to post. So stay tuned! ❤️🦋🌀😉
Our Game of Thrones tour (from Dublin, Ireland June 29, 2019) went to northern Ireland, which seems to be a different country, as the monetary system changed to the British pound. Only a small sign marked the border along the highway as our tour bus drove us near Belfast.
Preparing for the trek
Prior to beginning our Sacred Celtic Journey, and as a bit of bait (nah, not really needed though, as my hubby had already decided to go to Europe with me), we arrived in Dublin, Ireland on Friday, June 28, 2019. This afforded us the luxury of having a free day to acclimate to the time difference and explore Dublin city centre before embarking on a full day Game of Thrones trek on Saturday.
We brought our good hiking boots, and dressed in layers, and though I had trained for about a month prior to going on this trip, I found out that I hadn’t done enough! 🤣
The GoT trek
Our GoT tour did not disappoint! In fact, it was entirely amazing!!!
Our tour guide, Eric, had been an extra on the spectacular and daring Game of Thrones (GoT for those unfamiliar with the abbreviation) show for 8 seasons and totally knew his stuff. He gave us inside information about the show, including behind-the-scenes, making of GoT episodes, site locations, and much more!
Eric literally brought every location to life for our tour group! He provided us all a look at 8.5 x 11 inch laminated photos so we could link, in our mind, each location to scenes from the show and enable us to have a point of reference. This not only enhanced our enjoyment of the tour, but gave us the ability later to relive points of the trek when we rewatched episodes of GoT! Excellent!!
We learned all about how they made the fake snow. Really incredible.
Eric talking, see the visual perspective he gave us?
We had not expected this trek to be so physical, but we walked and hiked over 14,000 steps (equating to about 7 miles) over hilly and uneven terrain. So, if you go, and we highly recommend all fans of GoT go, really check your physicality, stamina, and endurance levels! Oh, and it would serve you well to take along a tube of our gel product for any tired or sore muscles you experience—you can order from me (comment for more info).
We were pleased that we had the stamina to do it though, as it was quite the extraordinary experience! And yes, we had some small tubes of product with us, but had I known how sore my legs and feet were going to be, I would have taken the larger tube with us!
Love the show even more now
After experiencing several of the site locations, and hearing about how the extras often carried set items or equipment on foot to each of these locations (because the first season had a lower budget), it gave us new respect as to how it all got done. And now we can really imagine how difficult it was.
After lunch, we had great joy meeting the actual dogs that were used to portray (with CGI help), the Stark family’s Dire wolves.
From the Winterfell site, we hiked a loop to see a couple more locations. First, the infamous hanging tree, then the expansive views where several waters edge and water landings scenes were shot.
At the last stop, Inch Abbey, (after we were quite worn out from the day), we were all invited to dress up with actual clothes and props from GoT and play among the ruins. I did my best to make some mean faces (not good at that), and make believe for awhile. The end of a grand tour!