Game of Thrones Horse Riding Experiences

5.0 (6)
days 3 days nights 2 nights
Ireland
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Midscale
Weight limit
95 kg / 209 lb

Join a trip through the landscapes that served as the backdrop for your beloved characters, immersing yourself in the tales of the show and relishing a high-quality horse riding experience along the Causeway Coast.

Saddle up at the Dark Hedges, featured as the Kings Road, and traverse the farmlands and breathtaking beach surrounding Ballintoy with a mix of walking, trotting, and cantering - all while retracing the steps of Arya Stark and Theon Greyjoy at Ballintoy harbour, a filming location for the Isle of Pyke. Chart your course along the coastline to Larrybane, standing at the exact spot where Brienne triumphs over Ser Loras, earning a place in Renly’s Kingsguard. Witness the vast Dothraki Sea, where Drogon reunites with Dany, leading her back to Meereen for her conquest, and delve into the mysteries of Mussenndun temple, the setting for the iconic Dragonstone.

This three-day adventure promises an epic exploration of the realms that brought Game of Thrones to life.

from US$ 1 726
per tourist for 3 days
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Number of tourists
up to 15 tourists over 16 years old
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Daniel M. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
My name is Danny and I own and run a Horse Farm and an Equestrian Center along with my wife Mary, son Donal, daughter Therese, nephew Daniel and a whole host of other staff who are completely dedicated to our horses and our guests. We really do have one of the most iconic, picturesque and dramatic coastlines in the world (just ask Lonely Planet) and what better way to experience it than on the back of one of our trusted Irish cobs or Irish sports horses. Our aim is to provide clients with quality horse riding experiences while helping them to become immersed in our local community and culture. You may come as visitors but leave as friends, having developed a strong connection and sense of belonging with our country, our horses and our people.

Tour highlights

Dress Up in Game of Thrones Style
Adorn yourself in splendid Game of Thrones themed costumes along with swords and armour
Visit Famous Filming Locations
Ride along the Kings Road, Isle of Pyke, Renly’s Camp, Dragonstone, Dothraki Sea, Slavers bay, and Stormlands
Explore the Beautiful Irish Countryside
Trot and canter your way through this unique landscape

Route details

Day 1
Welsome to the Isle of Pyke and Dragonstone

Your day will begin at our centre where you will be welcomed by the team. Before heading to the stables to meet our horses, we will welcome you into our loft café for tea, coffee and homemade scones before one of our Game of Thrones experts will present an audio-visual presentation showcasing the different filming locations you will be visiting alongside the scenes which were filmed at each place.

We’ll head to the barn for a stable tour and to meet the team of horses and if you wish, you can assist with grooming and tacking. After selecting a horse and a riding assessment we’ll hit the trail, riding out into the wilderness of the North Antrim Hills and taking in the stunning, panoramic views.
Once back at the stables, we will load your horses while you are whisked away to our costumes room to adorn yourself in splendid Game of Thrones themed costumes along with swords and armour. Whether you want to play the role of a beautiful princess or a ferocious warrior is up to you. We will then transport you and your horses to our first stop; The Dark hedges, known better by fans as the Kings Road, the place where Arya Stark, dressed as a boy, escaped from King’s Landing in the company of Yoren of the Night’s Watch, Gendry, and Hot Pie. Dressed in themed costumes, carrying swords, spears and longbows we’ll tread a real Westorosi road, on horseback as lord of the land!
After taking in your surroundings and ensuring you have the perfect picture to take back home, you can set the costumes to one side and get ready to enjoy some top-quality riding. We will transport you and your noble stead to Ballintoy. This single stop on our tour lets you view 8 different Game of Thrones’ scenes and 3 different parts of Westeros. You will walk the same footsteps as Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Gendry, Salladhor Sann, Ser Davos Seaworth, Melisandre and the One True King of Westeros, Lord Stannis Baratheon.

This stop not only offers fantastic photo opportunities with scenery straight out of the show, but we also have the opportunity to enjoy some top-quality trotting and cantering through open farmland and across Whitepark bay. Whitepark bay is a beautiful stretch of pristine beach located on Co. Antrim’s North Coast near the picturesque village of Ballintoy. With a beach so pure it shines for miles (on even the cloudiest of days) it’s the perfect backdrop for a refreshing trot, canter or gallop!
We’ll take our time playing on the beach & in the ocean before cantering over the smooth sands! If we’re lucky the famous “Sunbathing Cattle” will be on the beach basking in the sun’s warmth.
You will spend your time romping and capering along the 3 mile stretch of pristine, resplendent white sand and explore the rolling sand dunes of the area below the backdrop of the rugged surrounding cliff faces which were once home to some of the earliest human settlers in Ireland. Savour the taste of the tantalising sea air, feel the blustering and energising wind on your face and the radiant rays of the Irish sunshine on your back on this invigorating ride.
They say you can’t work a hungry horse, or rider for that matter so as we head across the coastline on route to the Isle of Pyke, we will stop off in the idyllic Red Door café, owned by the McGarrity family, who offer quality wholesome Irish food and home baking which will keep you coming back for more.
Once refreshed its time to mount up and follow in the same footsteps as Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Gendry, Salladhor Sann, Ser Davos Seaworth, Melisandre and the One True King of Westeros, Lord Stannis Baratheon as you meander down the cliff road to the iconic Ballintoy harbour. Ride through this stunning harbour location which was the setting for Theon’s return to the Iron Islands as well as some of the areas around Dragonstone. It was here that Theon first met his sister Yara and was baptised in the name of the drowned god.

Our day continues through the quaint coastal village of Ballintoy towards the iconic Larrybane quarry nestled on the side of the limestones cliffs of the Causeway Coast. Larrybane hosted several key scenes, including where Brienne beats Ser Loras in Renly’s tourney (the melee at Bitterbridge) and is given a place in Renly’s Kingsguard as a reward. King Renly Baratheon also swears to Lady Stark that he will avenge Ned’s death, but meets his end at the hands of Melisandre’s shadow baby; some of the other characters featured here include Margaery, Littlefinger and Ser Davos.
Finish the day off by taking the time to bask in the glory of Brienne as you and your horse look out across the Westerios to Rathlin Island and the Western Isles and highlands of Scotland.

It’s time to bid farewell to your horse and guide for the day as you are transported back to your accommodation with thoughts of the stories, characters, stunning scenery and exhilarating horse riding fresh in your mind. The evening is your own to enjoy some local cuisine or a to get involved in the craic of a local pub. Alternatively, have a look at our out of tack option and let us help you plan the rest of your evening.

Overnight: County Antrim

Day 2
Castlerock and Bennevanagh mountain
Day 3
“The Queen’s Justice”
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

We tailor each trek to our guests’ riding ability. Treks and itineraries will be discussed during our consultation calls. To get an idea of your riding ability:
Beginner– A rider with little or no experience (walking only).

Novice – A rider who is comfortable and in control at the walk and rising trot.

Intermediate– A rider who is confident and in control in all paces (including posting/rising trots, two point canters & gallops), but does not ride regularly.

Advanced– Rides regularly, comfortable in the saddle 6+ hours per day, confident & in control of forward moving horse in open country & beaches.

How long will we ride each day?

Riders can expect to spend about 4-5 hours a day in the saddle. Our treks include walking and trotting with galloping or cantering opportunities on wide-open beaches, open countryside and off-road tracks.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Midscale
Guest House
2 nights

The B&Bs that we use are based on quality guesthouse style accommodation in coastal locations. They are all owned by local families and so are a fantastic opportunity to meet local people and relax after exhilarating days spent in the saddle or touring the Northern Irish Coast. We typically stay in the same accommodation for the duration of your trip however some rides may require you to spend a night at a different B&B depending what package you choose.

2 nights
Bed and Breakfast

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

Northern Ireland, County Antrim, Armoy

Tour conditions

Included

  • 2 nights B&B Accommodation;
  • filming locations audio-visual presentation with tea and scones on arrival;
  • assessment ride;
  • themed costumes;
  • lunch;
  • luggage transport;
  • knowledgeable local guides.

Extras

  • international flights;
  • insurance;
  • transfer;
  • supplement for a group of less then 4 riders (total price 2670£ 1 person, 2170£ 2\3 persons);
  • single room supplement of £50 per night;
  • flexible starting date (not Monday - 200£pps);
  • photographer for a day/half day;
  • upgrade to Hotel accommodation;
  • extra night of accomodation at the end of the trip;
  • Game of thrones themed banquet at Ballygalley Castle Hotel.

Group size

up to 15 tourists

Duration

3 days
2 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Pack to be comfortable on your ride! Clothes to ride in should include: riding pants/jodhpurs/breeches/jeans, tall boots or paddock boots & half chaps, riding helmet (we can provide if you don’t want to bring yours) & riding gloves. Do not buy new riding boots for your riding holiday–they will not be broken in!

It is said Ireland has “four seasons in one day” so plan to dress in layers during your time here. In the summer, we recommend long or short-sleeved shirts, warm sweater or light jacket, quilted or fleece vest and just in case, a rain jacket! In the fall or winter, bring warmer layers, heavier coat and rain jacket. Most of our rides are coastal—the wind can be refreshing but brisk at times.

For evenings in any season, casual attire with comfortable shoes or boots is perfectly fine.

Other items to consider packing: CAMERA, rain jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen (yes, you can get sunburned in Ireland!), lip balm and a small waist pouch for the ride.

We’ll also review with you “What to Pack” during one of our consultation calls—we will make sure you are perfectly prepared for your holiday.

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I ride Western, do you have western saddles to use?
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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 6 reviews
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    Shannon
    9 Jan, 2024
    about provider
    If you are looking for an amazing equestrian experience in Ireland, this is the place to go. The team members are lovely, and their horses are top notch. They carefully pair you with the right ride which made me feel very comfortable and safe! We had a 2 day experience and it felt like we really got to see a lot - the beach ride was incredible, nothing else like it in all my travels. We went in the “off season” so the terrain was quite muddy and it was rainy and cold. However, that didn’t stop us from having a nice time. The team has great rides that they trailer you to no matter what the season is - don’t worry about hitting the busier time. If you do come this time of year, be sure to bundle up!!
    9 Jan, 2024
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    Melissa
    20 Dec, 2023
    about provider
    We booked a 7 days stay at the end of August and it was the most amazing trip we’ve ever been on! We were put up in the nicest hotel just on the coast, room was cozy and clean, the food was unreal and our taxi drivers were some of the kindest people. Everyone shared with us stories of Ireland. The days of riding were some of the best riding abroad I’ve ever done. The gallops on the beaches were amazing and we really loved the Dunluce Castle. Our guides were amazing and experienced. The booking process was simple and Daniel made sure the trip was tailored to exactly what we needed and wanted! We will be back to do this again!
    20 Dec, 2023
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    Lucy
    22 Oct, 2023
    about provider
    Beach ride is amazing!!! We are experienced riders, so weren’t sure what to expect, but the whole experience surpassed our expectations! We arrived at the ranch and had a quick trial ride before bringing the horses to the beach. The horses were great fun, sure footed and forward going and we had such a great time galloping and cantering around the beach. We had some time in the sea, and Ben, our host, was an absolute legend! Great pictures and videos too - if you don’t have evidence in pics did it even happen?
    22 Oct, 2023

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