Get your rocks off with Game of Thrones tour

Ballintoy Harbour is one of the locations which has been used for filming Game of Thrones.
Ballintoy Harbour is one of the locations which has been used for filming Game of Thrones.

The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI) will be leading a tour exploring some of the key filming locations for HBO’s award winning fantasy drama series, Game of Thrones.

The event is being organised as part of Earth Science Week and will explore a number of the filming locations of Westeros.

Taking in sites such as Carnlough, Cushendun Caves, Murlough Bay and Ballintoy Harbour, the tour will look at their role in the Game of Thrones series as well as explaining the geology and landscape.

Speaking about the use of Northern Ireland as a filming location for Game of Thrones, GSNI Geologist Dr Kirstin Lemon said; “Northern Ireland is an ideal location for filming Game of Thrones due to the diverse landscape that we possess.

“We are fortunate to have rocks from all of the geological time periods in a very small area which represent deep oceans, searing hot deserts, tropical seas, fiery volcanoes, and icy wastelands.

“It is also an interesting way for fans to learn the difference between iron islands and ironstone, or stormlands from sandstone.”

The Game of Thrones Fire and Ice tour leaves from outside Queen’s University Belfast at 9am on Saturday 10th October and will return at approximately 6pm.

The cost is £10 per adult and £5 per child, while children aged four and under go free. Booking is essential.

For further information contact the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland on 028 90 388462.