Game of Thrones Motorcycle Tour of Ireland

Game of Thrones® & Wild Atlantic Way Tour

Visit Ireland's West Coast and Game of Thrones attractions including Dark Hedges

Game of Thrones® Tour

Visit Westeros, Winterfell and the Iron Islands.

Game of Thrones® & Wild Atlantic Way Tour

Starting from our base in Trim, we ride along the Wild Atlantic Way and then continue along the North Antrim Coast to include many of the Game of Thrones® Doors and filming locations.

In January 2016, the Game of Thrones® filming location known as the Dark Hedges, or Kingsroad to the people of Westeros, was battered by storm Gertrude.

The wood from two trees that fell that day were carved into 10 intricately designed pub doors, each one telling the story of an episode in Game of Thrones® season 6.

From Cairncastle to the Glens of Antrim, via the Dark Hedges and Cushendun Caves, each door is within reach of a different filming location in Northern Ireland. This trail around Game of Thrones® Territory is a piece of cultural heritage in the making.

We have included one rest day in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland. (Subject to availability)

We have selected riding routes with an emphasis on scenery and being off the beaten path. Of course the choice is yours, but you will have an option to shorten the day’s ride should you wish to arrive at your destination earlier.

This tour is independently run by Lemonrock Bike Tours. It is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones®

Tour Facts

Tour Type Self Guided
Self Ride Choose your own dates
Duration 10 days vacation, 8 riding days including optional rest day
Hotel Nights 9 nights bed & breakfast in fantastic 3 & 4 star hotels and B&B's
KM's 2000km, riding approx 220km per day
Skill Level Intermediate: Routes include switchbacks and narrow roads
Highlights Westport, Donegal, Enniskillen, Causeway Coastal Route, The Dark Hedges (Kings Road), Westeros, The Iron Islands, Giants Causeway, Joey Dunlop's "Joey's Bar" and Newgrange.

Some pictures of this Game of Thrones motorcycle tour!

Itinerary

Explore the itinerary for this Game of Thrones motorcycle tour!

Day 1 – Arrival

  • Complimentary chauffeur transfer from Dublin Airport (or from a Dublin city hotel), to our hotel base in Trim.
  • Check in to your 4 star hotel. Early check in when available for international arrivals.
  • Enjoy your complimentary drink at the bar or explore Trim town and soak up the atmosphere
  • Meet with your Lemonrock team and collect your bike’s luggage pannier liners so you can be packed and ready to ride next morning. You will also receive your souvenir road book, which is helpful to orientate your next day ride.
  • Trim is a heritage town situated on the River Boyne. It has a magnificent historical castle right on the doorstep on your hotel, Trim Castle Hotel.

Day 2 – Trim to Westport

Today’s ride takes us through the Hidden Heartlands of Ireland as we ride westwards to Westport on the Wild Atlantic Way

Stop off in Ireland Oldest Bar for lunch on the River Shannon.  We avoid the motorways so you get a chance to absorb some of the more interesting parts of the country side.  Not to mention the great twisty biking roads!

Overnight in the lively town center in a 4 star hotel with a range of great restaurants and pubs renowned for Irish music sessions!

Day 3 – Westport to Sligo

  • Newport nestles on the shore of Clew Bay which is famous for its 365 Islands and is a pleasant seaside resort and part of an attractive and unspoiled coastline.
  • Mulraney – acclaimed as Ireland best small tourist town, a Eurpoean Desitnation of Excellence – it is a superb stop for taking a walk on the beach and enjoying the spectacular views.
  • Achill Island – Achill has a long history of human settlement and there is evidence that Achill was inhabited as many as 5,000 years ago. Megalithic tombs and promontory forts testifying to this can be seen at Slievemore, along the Atlantic Drive and on Achill Beg Island.
  • Kildamhnait Castle is a 15th century tower house associated with the O’ Malley Clan, who were once a ruling family of Achill. Grace O’ Malley, or Granuaile, the most famous of the O’ Malley’s was born in Clare Island around 1530. Her father was the chieftain of the barony of Murrisk. The O’Malleys were a powerful sea faring family, who traded widely and refused to submit to English rule. Grace became a fearless leader and gained fame as a sea captain and pirate.
  • Ballina, situated on the famous River Moy, is Mayo’s largest town.
  • Enniscrone – There are 5km of safe, clean golden beaches. For eight decades people have come to bathe in hot sea water and seaweed renowned for its therapeutic qualities.  Look out for the eclectic glamping village which plans to offer quirky accommodation in a range of vehicles, including London Taxis or 747 jet!
  • Overnight near Enniscrone.

Day 4 – Sligo to Enniskillen

  • Heading East towards Sligo town up through Strandhill where you can stop for a nice coffee or an ice cream
  • Onwards with the Atlantic Ocean in view towards Ballyshannon before turning eastwards towards Northern Ireland.
  • Crossing the border you wouldn’t really notice you are in a different country, except for the speed signs are now in MPH! The people are very welcoming, even if the accent is quite different to that heard the day before!  Howsaboutye!
  • Riding along the southern shore of Lough Erne before arriving in the town of Enniskillen.
  • Settle into your hotel and take a stroll down town into a great old- world pub (established 1887), Blakes of The Hollow, where the first of the GOT doors can be witnessed over a creamy pint of Guinness!  You have arrived!

Day 5 – Donegal to Ballintoy

  • Departing Enniskillen we head for the north coast to ride along the Causeway Coast. 
  • The coast road takes you over to Portstewart and Portrush, home to the famous North West 200 Road Races – you’ll be riding on the famous circuit, but mind your speed!
  • You are right beside the Giants Causeway and the very spectacular Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
  • Overnight for two nights in Ballintoy.

Day 6 – Rest Day 

  • We stay in this area of Ballintoy for 2 nights to explore. Gracehill House, Mary McBrides, The Fullerton Arms – all host the Game of Thrones® Doors and are within easy reach.
  • You can even visit the Iron Islands ruled by House Greyjoy, located in Ballintoy Harbour.
  • Motorbike racing enthusiasts are only a stone’s throw away from Ballymoney, home to Joey Dunlop’s “Joey’s Bar”

Day 7 – Ballintoy to Strangford

  • Our route today follows the North East coastline, when on a fine day you can see across the Irish Sea to Scotland. 
  • This scenic coastal route takes you through Cushendun, home to Mary McBrides Bar.
  • Next onto to Ballygally Castle where another Door awaits!  
  • Overnight in this old world Castle.
  • Dinnner is included this evening.

Today’s ride takes you into Belfast City where you will have time to explore.  Visit the Titanic and then head towards Bangor and down onto the Ards Peninsula.

Ride south to Portaferry where you can explore The Fiddlers Green before taking a short ferry over to Strangford, where you stay for the night. 

The Cuan in Strangford also has a Games of Thrones Door, and has a lovely cosy and quaint atmosphere.

Overnight in Strangford.

 

Day 9 – Strangford to Trim, Co. Meath

Our ride today is shorter allowing you plenty of time for a relaxed start and riding down around Carlingford Lough and into Co. Louth.

If you like, you can ride to Newcastle, home to The Percy French, yet another home of the Door from Game of Thrones®.

As you ride through Ireland’s Ancient East, you may have time to stop off at Newgrange Visitors Centre and learn about the passage tombs which dates back to 3200BC . These need to be pre-booked.

Alternatively, a stop at Slane Castle in Co. Meath is well worthwhile for a relaxing lunch and you can also take a tour of the Castle while you are there to get a glimpse of how the other half live!

Our final stop is in Trim, Co. Meath, a heritage town and home to St. John’s Castle, the largest Norman Castle in the British Isles, and which was the filming location of Braveheart – well worth a visit.

Departure:  Enjoy a hearty Irish breakfast before our chauffeur will bring you to Dublin Airport or to a Dublin city center hotel – you decide! 

Game Of Thrones Door Locations Motorcycle Rentals Ireland

Game of Thrones® Filming locations and Doors

Personalised App

Included in your Game of Thrones motorcycle tour package is a personalised itinerary which you can download to your phone.

We include everything from your flight details and airport transfers to hotel check in references. You’ll also find points of interest and our favourite places to explore along the riding route, as well as some frequently asked questions, contact numbers and manuals.

We will send this to you and your group ahead of time so that you can start reading before your trip! On arrival, we’ll also present you with a souvenir road book.

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