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Game of Thrones Coach Tour
Sunday 23 September 2012

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The Game of Thrones Coach Tour is SOLD OUT and no further tickets are available. We will not be adding extra spaces on the tour or at the feast, we don't expect anyone to cancel and we will not be running a waiting list. Sorry to those of you that have missed out this year, please remember to get in there a bit earlier next time.

We were joined on last year's tour by guests Kristian Nairn and Miltos Yerolemou which really made the tour special for a lot of people. We'll be confirming which guests will be on board for this year's tour over the coming months.

UPDATE: For the convenience of those that have asked us about how to get to Belfast International Airport because they want to go directly there from the feast at Shane's Castle, we have added a stop off at the airport on the way back to the Europa Hotel. To make sure we are organised in advance we'd like to know how many people wish to go directly to the airport so please get in touch with us to let us know if you (and the people you're travelling with) would like to make that stop. Remember you will need to bring all of your luggage with you on the day.

We regret to announce that the SCA are unable to attend TitanCon this year to run our archery workshop, but we are in contact with someone who will hopefully be able to step in and take on the task for us. We will confirm as soon as possible if the workshop will go ahead as planned or if we will have to cancel. We'll be trusting to our luck like Davos that that doesn't happen.

UPDATE 2: We had previously stated that if there was enough time for it then fans would be able to walk along the coast and across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, however, due to the steep nature of the steps down to the bridge and the fact that they are wet and slippery at the best of times, we've decided that it simply won't be feasible to even attempt this with such a large group of people. Apologies to those people who were really looking forward to the rope bridge but the schedule is going to be really tight as it is and we feel the time will be better spent making sure we arrive at Shane's Castle on time so that we can enjoy the activities we've arranged there.

Coach tour itinerary

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Screenshots from Game of Thrones © HBO 2011-2012

9:15 am Depart Europa Hotel, Belfast
11:00 am Arrive Giant's Causeway
12:30 pm Depart Giant's Causeway
12:45 pm Arrive Ballintoy Harbour
1:45 pm Depart Ballintoy Harbour
2:00 pm Arrive Renly's Camp
3:00 pm Depart Renly's Camp
4:00 pm Arrive Shane's Castle
Combat demonstration by Clan Ulaidh
Workshop in medieval archery skills
6:00 pm Medieval feast
8:00 pm Depart Shane's Castle
8:20 pm Stop off at Belfast International Airport
9:00 pm Arrive Europa Hotel, Belfast

Please note that the itinerary times are rough estimates and are subject to alteration.

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Alright we admit this is not a location used in Game of Thrones (yet) but we can't pass by this beautiful World Heritage location without stopping to admire the view. Also after an hour and a half on a coach you will be glad to stop somewhere with facilities like the Giant's Causeway Visitors Centre. The Giant's Causeway is comprised of some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption some 50-60 million years ago. Most of the blocks are hexagonal although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (39 ft) high. The Giant's Causeway is owned and managed by the National Trust and is Northern Ireland's most popular tourist attraction.

While Game of Thrones has not filmed at this famous landmark (yet) many other films and TV shows have been filmed here including Your Highness and Hellboy II. We'll allow as much time as we can for everyone to explore the causeway before moving on down the coast. Please be aware that the stones of the Giant's Causeway are uneven and slippery. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. More details available on the National Trust website.

Ballintoy Harbour

Lordsport, Game of Thrones

The harbour of Lordsport from Game of Thrones season two © HBO 2012

Scenic Ballintoy Harbour was used in the second season of Game of Thrones as Lordsport the harbour of Pyke where Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) returns home for the first time in ten years. We then saw Ballintoy Harbour a second time when Theon takes charge (in the loosest possible sense) of his crew to sail to the Stoney Shore and raid the villages there. We'll stand on the spot where Dagmer talks about Torrhen's Square and the evil lightbulb appeared over Alfie Allen's head.

Depending on the weather this may be the ideal location to enjoy lunch. Please note that lunch is not included in this tour and we recommend bringing your own packed lunch with you. There is a cafe in Ballintoy Harbour though if everyone from all three coaches wants to eat there I suspect they won't cope with the demand. Eating on the bus is allowed but please make sure you take all rubbish [US translation: trash] with you afterwards.

Renly's Camp

Renly Baratheon's Camp, Game of Thrones

Renly Baratheon's camp from Game of Thrones season two © HBO 2012

While the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a great attraction we are actually stopping here to look at the car park. Now at first that might sound strange to you but when we say that this was the location of Renly's camp in season two of Game of Thrones you'll understand our reasons. Recreating the melee between Brienne and Loras Tyrell will be quite the challenge as we need to avoid the Nissan Micra and Ford Focus parked right where that took place (if those cars are actually parked there on the day I will have to make sure I buy a lottery ticket or something).

UPDATE: We had previously stated that if there was enough time for it then fans would be able to walk along the coast and across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, however, due to the steep nature of the steps down to the bridge and the fact that they are wet and slippery at the best of times, we've decided that it simply won't be feasible to even attempt this with such a large group of people. Apologies to those people who were really looking forward to the rope bridge but the schedule is going to be really tight as it is and we feel the time will be better spent making sure we arrive at Shane's Castle on time so that we can enjoy the activities we've arranged there.

The Hand's Tourney, Game of Thrones

The Hand's Tourney from Game of Thrones season one © HBO 2011

Shane's Castle

Our main stop of the day is at Shane's Castle near Antrim. The castle itself is a ruin and has not appeared in the show but the extensive grounds of the estate have been the home of several big scenes in both season one and two. The most well known being the Hand's Tournament in episodes four and five of season one.

Recreating the tilts between Loras Tyrell and Gregor Clegane could be a lot of fun, any volunteers to play the part of the horses?

Combat demonstration by Clan Ulaidh

Our very own Jo "Lord Favourite Spearwife" Playford and the boys from Clan Ulaidh will be back for round two. Who will prevail in this full on hardcore combat demonstration? Using real weapons and seemingly no fear you'll get a chance to see an authentic recreation of medieval combat. Take a look at the video of last year's fight to get an idea of what you'll see. "Come on Bruce!"

Workshop in medieval archery skills

We regret to announce that the SCA are unable to attend TitanCon this year to run our archery workshop, but we are in contact with someone who will hopefully be able to step in and take on the task for us. We will confirm as soon as possible if the workshop will go ahead as planned or if we will have to cancel. We'll be trusting to our luck like Davos that that doesn't happen.

Kristian Nairn and Miltos Yerolemou at the feast 2011

Kristian Nairn and Miltos Yerolemou enjoying the feast from our 2011 Coach Tour

Medieval Feast

What better way to finish the day than with a feast fit for a king. We have hired an enormous marquee complete with heating and lighting which we'll be adorning with banners and decorations to make everyone feel at home. Our caterer, Andy Mulholland of The Plough, Hilsborough, will be cooking up another Hog Roast for us to enjoy. Wine is included in the meal and while there will be some mead around the place I doubt Qthulhu will be able to supply enough for everyone so feel free to bring your own contribution.

At last year's feast we had Dothraki rap, who knows what delights we'll have to entertain you this year?

After party and Dead Dog Party

Once we're back in Belfast we'll probably be drinking in Robinsons Bar (directly across the street from the Europa Hotel) till they throw us out if anyone wants to stick around a little longer. Also we have a Dead Dog Party (because that's what you feel like after a long hard convention) in Robinsons on Monday 24 September. So if you're in Belfast on Monday evening feel free to drop by for that.


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