Do you love the “Game of Thrones” or “Outlander” TV series? Ireland and Scotland have always been known for their breathtaking landscapes and scenery, and now you can walk into fairytale Celtic lands with Brendan Vacations Home of Thrones and Castles, Clans, and Outlands itineraries.
Brendan Vacations has developed these two unique vacations highlighting the real-life Ireland and Scotland filming locations of “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander” that make up the fictional settings for these wildly popular shows. The visual diversity of Scotland’s landscapes lends itself as an idyllic setting for the historical fiction, romance, and adventure elements of the novels by Diana Gabaldon that the historical time-traveling TV series “Outlander” is based on. Spend several days in Scotland following the footsteps of Jamie and Claire.
Doune Castle, the film location for Castle Leoch, is a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle with a 100-foot high gatehouse. Stop in Fort William to search for the setting where Jamie was held captive by Captain Randall. Walk through Glen Affric to the remains of the Great Caledonian Pine Forest where Jamie and Claire wandered after their wedding, then travel on to Castle Leod, home of the Chief of the Clan MacKenzie and seat of the Clan MacKenzie. These are just a few of the cultural locations you’ll see on the Castles, Clans, and Outlands itinerary in Scotland.
Northern Ireland’s charming seaside villages and mysterious landscapes bolster numerous filming locations for “Games of Thrones” fans. Explore the castles, caves, and forests as seen on the hit HBO series. Travelers can even trail the main route of the imaginary continent filmed at the famous romantic Dark Hedges, a tunnel-like natural phenomenon of intertwined beech trees planted hundreds of years ago, used as the Kingsroad filming location. Stop at Tollymore Forest Park, or ‘The Haunted Forest' as you’ll recognize it from the series. Covering 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, Tollymore Forest was featured in Season 1, Episode 1 (where Ned Stark and his sons find the direwolf pups and the Night's Watch stumble upon some dismembered Wildling bodies in the snow). Visit Castle Ward, the 820-acre Georgian farmyard that serves as the location of the outdoor courtyard scenes at Winterfell. This is just the beginning of the filming locations you’ll see on your 8 days on the Home of Thrones itinerary.
Brendan Vacations recognizes all of your travel needs, hand-selecting the details to tailor the experience, from planning to introducing travelers to locals friends and contacts to personally guided tours through castles and the lands of Ireland and Scotland. You can take your vacation in confidence knowing their team of experts has coordinated all of the details to make the best vacation possible while negotiating the best savings.
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