#ThroneWatch Dives Into Game Of Thrones Madness At The Fullerton Arms!

At the end of June ThroneWatch packed its bags and took off on a special trip to The Fullerton Arms and Guest House Inn, Ballintoy to enjoy a fun-packed Game of Thrones themed day and night.

Traveling in style with TI Coaches

Traveling in style with TI Coaches

Situated slap bang in the middle of Northern Irish Game of Thrones territory, The Fullerton Arms has become a popular hub for fans of the hit HBO show.

Not only are they convenient to numerous nearby GoT filming locations but they even have their own Throne Room and a delicious Game of Thrones themed lunch menu that has attracted tourists from all over the world.

Traveling in one of TI Coaches’ luxurious coaches with some extremely friendly and knowledgeable guides, Ballintoy was but an hour and a half along the beautiful coastal route from Belfast. The Fullerton Arms is nestled in the center of Ballintoy, a small but charming village located alongside the coast road.

The Fullerton Arms and Guesthouse Inn, Ballintoy

The Fullerton Arms and Guesthouse Inn, Ballintoy

We were greeted by the lovely owners Sean and Geraldine McLaughlin whose charisma and friendliness really make this a unique place to stay.

I had a large, front facing room with a sea view and en-suite and the decor was a great combination of comfort and contemporary: clean, simple interiors that still maintain the feel of a traditional country inn. Of course, I was first in the Throne Room. Here fans can check out a huge map of Westeros, the framed Night’s Watch Oath, medieval costumes and even a replica Iron Throne.


Keeping The Watch: BAM writer Abby Williams in the Fullerton Arms Throne Room

Another must-see for all Thronies is the intricately carved Door of Thrones which was gifted to the hotel by Tourism Ireland as part of their #DoorofThrones campaign. The Targaryen and Dothraki themed door was created with wood rescued from the Dark Hedges (recognisable as The King’s Road in Game of Thrones) that blew down during Storm Gertrude.

After a hearty lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches and miniature fish and chips in the dining room it was off to Bushmills Distillery. Just ten minutes down the road, it is the oldest working distillery in Ireland and is open to the public for guided tours of their whiskey-making process.

We were treated to some whiskey tasting and learned about the rich history surrounding the distillery. I now have an actual certificate declaring me a qualified whiskey taster…Tyrion Lannister would be proud.


I Drink And I Know Things: Whiskey tasting at nearby Bushmills Distillery

Twenty minutes from Bushmills are the stunning Dark Hedges, an iconic Game of Thrones filming location and an incredible photography spot that attracts tourists year round. Despite the rain, we even took the opportunity to put on some Game of Throne-esque costumes and wield impressively realistic swords.

Dunluce Castle can be viewed a short distance from the Dark Hedges, as well as other amazing Thrones filming locations such as Ballintoy Harbour, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Cushendun Caves.

It was then back to The Fullerton Arms for a rest and a drink at the cosy, well-equipped bar before a banquet that would rival any at King’s Landing.

The food at the guesthouse is of the highest quality, fresh produce, a varied menu and massive portions. I feasted on warm brie with berry coulis, Mexican chicken fajitas with salt and pepper chips and homemade Raspberry Ruffle cheesecake before being fit to burst.

Lacada Brewery also popped in to let us sample some of their delicious beers before the evening entertainment began. There is regular live music at The Fullerton Arms from a talented local singer and guitarist.

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Prepare For Battle: The Dark Hedges

The warm, lively atmosphere is helped by great staff and excellent service that make it a perfect haven for mini-breaks, hen/stag dos or even just an afternoon pint.

By morning I was reluctant to return to the city. Sean and Geraldine made our stay incredibly comfortable and went the extra mile to ensure we had a truly memorable experience.

For such a seemingly remote location, there is so much to see and do in the surrounding areas. The Fullerton Arms Guesthouse and Restaurant has everything you need for an enjoyable stay including great food, a rustic bar with pool table, lovely staff and (thank the Gods) free Wifi.

BAM writer Abby Williams and owners Sean and Geraldine McLaughlin

BAM writer Abby Williams and owners Sean and Geraldine McLaughlin

I would highly recommend this little gem for Game of Thrones fans and non-fans alike, although please be aware you are not permitted to keep the replica swords…(trust me, I tried).

The Fullerton Arms currently has 2 nights for 2 people on offer for just £100 which includes breakfast, available Sunday – Thursday, 5th – 20th July.

Email info@thefullerton-arms.com for more information, check out www.fullerton-arms.com or call 028 2076 9613.


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Abby Williams
Belfast based author/writer specialising in entertainment, mental health and human interest.