Hello and welcome from Northern Ireland! My name is Steve & my name is Kristin. Today we're going to take you on a very special road trip.
Winter is coming! You know nothing. Of course we start our discovery in the north and instead of horses we took the bikes to come to the Tollymore Forest. All of the scenes that were shot in the first 2 seasons north of the wall were done here. The Tollymore Forest Park covers an area of 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Oakwood from Tollymore was the preferred material for the interiors of the White Star Liners including the famous Titanic which was build in Belfast.
With our guide James we explored the locations where the Starks found the dire wolf pups. As well as the spots of the Wildling camp and the haunted forest itself. After a short drive from Tollymore we stopped at the river Quoile which was featured as the location of "The Twins", the seat of the House of Frey. Afterwards we went to Inch Abbey where Rob was declared "King in the north" in the season finale of season 1. We finished day 1 at the Cuan in Strangford where the owners Peter and Caroline shared some insights from the shootings which took place at nearby Castle Ward.
Over a period of 10 weeks we had the principle actors stay with us. Our two children really enjoyed it, of course they were able to bring Selfies back to their Drama teachers. Castle Ward was able to be adapted and adjusted and used freely by GoT without too much intrusion from the general public. The site that they used for Robs camp is at the end of a public road. Even though they had big sets there and lighting it was relatively hidden from the public eye. They where relatively undisturbed. When you see it on TV and you know the exact location it adds more specialness to it! Next Spot is Castle Ward and this is a really important filming location.
This is basically where all the Winterfell shots were filmed and as you can see we are about to try your hands at archery Your archery skills have been found wanting and I, Lady of Winterfell, send you to death. Today we're driving from scene to scene so this is right place to introduce you to our guide Phil. He also drove the crew. Right now we're at the place where they actually shot scenes where you see Winterfell sitting on top of a mountain. - That's right! They CGI'd in to the top of the mountian here on the right. So basically when Jon Snow goes to the wall and Ned Stark goes to King's Landing and they look back at Winterfell they look back to that place. Just over here it was where Ned Stark beheads one of the guys from the Nights Watch. On top of it we have where Brienne and Podrick were in season 5... following Sansa Stark and Petyr Baelish.