MOURNE MOUNTAINS, IRELAND
The Mourne Mountains, located in County Down in Northern Ireland, is a range of granite mountains and astounding natural beauty. Some of Ireland’s tallest mountains are part of the Mournes. It’s also a wonderful area to pretend you’re on your way to Vaes Dothrak.
Dubrovnik, a walled city right on the Adriatic Sea, is in the southern part of Croatia. It is one of the best tourist destinations of the Mediterranean and is known for its unique architecture, seaside charm, and heritage. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The city’s aura also makes it the perfect place to film for King’s Landing. But yes, unlike the characters in GoT, you don’t have to worry about Joffrey.
Mdina is an ancient city filled with rich history and culture. It’s known for being the home to the Apostle St Paul after he shipwrecked on the islands over 4,000 years ago. Since then, it has served as the home for some of Malta’s most noble families. But more importantly, it has served as the Great Sept of Baelor.
ISLAND OF GOZO, MALTA
The Island of Gozo is known for its beauty and mystical charm. Gozo is also considered to be the actual Calypso Isle from Homer’s Odyssey. It’s the perfect place for diving, exploring, and adventure of all kind. Or to build a camp after being exiled from your former Dothraki tribe.
VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK, ICELAND
Vatnajökull is Europe’s largest glacier and this national park encompasses large parts of it. The Vatnajökull Region is well-known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife. This large glacier was the perfect place for filming scenes north of the wall. Beware of White Walkers though!
TOLLYMORE FOREST PARK, NORTHERN IRELAND
Tollymore Forest Park is located in Bryansford near the town of Newcastle in Northern Ireland. The park offers mountainous views and seascapes, not to mention several trails. It’s also a great place to pull an Arya and pretend you’re traveling home to Winterfell.
DOUNE CASTLE, STIRLING, SCOTLAND
Doune Castle was built near the end of the 1300s for the Duke of Albany. It stands, well-preserved, even today. Doune Castle was perfect for depicting Winterfell. Just beware, because winter is coming.
THE DARK HEDGES, NORTHERN IRELAND
The Dark Hedges is a very well-known tree tunnel near Armoy in Northern Ireland. The stretch of beach trees has been around for over 200 years and still stands today. It’s known for being a tad creepy with several legends about hauntings. So naturally, it was a natural choice for shots in this dark series.
Split rests on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. The city is cantered on the structure of an ancient Roman palace. The city is over 1,700 years old. With a delightful mix of culture and similar oceanside views to the one that the Mother of Dragons herself looked upon, Split is a must-see.
GRJÓTAGJÁ CAVE, ICELAND
Grjótagjá is a small cave in the Lake Mývatn area. For years, its thermal water was a tourist attraction for many. Since then, the water has become too hot for visitors. However, this cave is still one of the world’s greatest natural beauties. Remember Snow’s nude dip?