Ballintoy Harbour
Game Of Thrones



Ballintoy Harbour History

Ballintoy Harbour is one of the most photogenic locations on the famous coastal route, whatever the weather - from the splitting sunshine on a good day or big waves on a wet stormy day it still looks incredible..

Historically, it resides in the barony of Cary (territory) between Bushmills and Ballycastle - which is 5 miles from Ballintoy.

The road down to the harbour twists and turns offering views in every direction and also passes Bendhu House, a house you won't miss on the Game of Thrones tour It was designed to capture the stunning views from each and every conceivable angle with its windows all different shapes and sizes within its strange ship like design to capture the beauty spot.

The harbour itself was used for smuggling hundreds of years ago from whiskey to sheep and has a pub called the smuggler's inn, where you can enjoy a pint and hear all about it.

Ballintoy Harbour Game of Thrones

Ballintoy Harbour has become a tourist hotspot not only for the stunning views on offer but more recently its claim to fame with being used in the iconic show Game of Thrones.

This picturesque coastal nook is where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch. This is also where he first meets his sister Yara.

The filming at the harbour took place on 18, 19 and 22 August 2011, and from 15 August there was a limited public access to the zone. The local shops and fishermen, who had to temporarily berth their boats in Ballycastle, were compensated by the production.

- Ballintoy Harbour Information -

The distance between Belfast and Ballintoy is 48 miles. The road distance is 60 miles. The daily Game of Thrones tour and Giants Causeway tour visit here and return to Belfast daily.

Yes - It can be very busy all year around and has limited parking.

Getting to Ballintoy Harbour could not be easier. We have a daily Giants Causeway tour and a daily Game of Thrones tour - both depart central Belfast daily. Each tours stop at the Iron Islands.

  • Daily: 09.30 – 16.00 - Last entry strictly 15.30

Fishing port - Smuggling - Filming location - Harbour

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This picturesque coastal nook is where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch. This is also where he first meets his sister Yara. Game of Thrones

Ballintoy (from Irish Baile an Tuaigh, meaning 'the northern townland')

Ballintoy Harbour, provides a perfect backdrop for a fairytale ceremony. This dreamy location is flanked by rolling fields of green grass and endless sea views - to have your ceremony there, you simply park up, walk out, and say your vows.