The very first episode of season one of Game of Thrones was shot in Tollymore Forest (the Haunted Forest), where the Starks discover the Direwolves, and where the White Walkers began their march into the realm of men. The scenes shot north of the wall in the TV show took place here.
The forest had to be coated in fake snow for filming, turning it into the grounds for Winterfell and the famous line, "winter is coming, you know nothing."
Tollymore Forest is the first state forest park in Northern Ireland, established in 1955. It covers an area of 1600 acres and stretches all the way to the sea. It is an Area of Special Scientific Interest due to its geology, flora and fauna and during season, is a spawning ground for Trout and Salmon. It's a favorite amongst locals with four walking trails and is a great place for cycling. It was also named a top British picnic spot in 2000, thanks to the lush green surroundings, rushing brooks and tall trees.
There are plenty of historic bridges and ruins worth taking a look at, as well as all of the GoT filming spots. Bring along a guide from Clear Sky NI for all of the details on what is where (bookable via Tourism Ireland).
Travel tip shared for Traveldudes by Kristin
Tourism Ireland sponsored this trip, but the views are our own.