Located along the scenic Antrim coast, the harbor of the traditional fishing village of Ballintoy offers striking Atlantic views and insight into a rural way of a life. The village has remained virtually unchanged over the last few centuries, and as such was chosen as a filming location for Pyke’s harbor in Game of Thrones.
Due to its recent fame as an Iron Island filming location, the harbor features on a number of Game of Thrones tours. Day tours typically offer round-trip transfer from Dublin or Belfast, and include other highlights such as the Giant’s Causeway, with some offering private service for a more personalized experience. For those with more time, multi-day tours offer a more relaxed pace, while thrillseekers may prefer the more immersive experience of a coasteering excursion.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Remember to pack a sweater and raincoat, as the north Atlantic can be stormy.
- This is a must-see for Games of Thrones enthusiasts or landscape photographers.
- The small village and harbor don’t take much time to explore, so make the most of your time by combining a visit with a wider itinerary.
How to Get There
Ballintoy is located between Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway, both top attractions themselves. The village is easily accessible by road, so take advantage of round-trip transport provided by many sightseeing tours, or take a train to Coleraine then transfer to a bus to complete the journey.
When to Get There
The seasonal blooms of spring and summer along the Antrim coast are a sight to behold, though the harbor itself is famous for its winter views across a stormy Atlantic.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
A half-hour coastal walk from Ballintoy is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, erected by fishermen over 350 years ago and still worth a visit today. The island across the bridge is ideal for snapping pictures and wildlife watching; be aware, though, that the bridge is closed during turbulent weather.