Northern Ireland: Game of ThronesBallintoy Harbour: Pyke
Ballintoy Harbour is at the end of the road leading down to the sea from the fishing village with the same name. It is a very atmospheric place and during the summer season, a small shack sells snacks and drinks.
After years in captivity, Theon Greyjoy returns to his homeland of Pyke in order to forge an alliance between the House of Stark and his father, Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands. As he sails into Lordsport Harbour, his reception is, shall we say, rather cold (Season 2, Episode 2: The Night Lands).
The beach next to the wharf features in the scene, where Theon is baptised by the Priest of the Drowned God (Season 2, Episode 2: The Night Lands).
Ballintoy was also used in Season 4, with several of King Stannis's bannermen being burnt alive due to their refusal to abandon their worship of the Seven Gods (Season 4, Episode 2: The Lion and the Rose).
Other scenes filmed at Ballintoy Beach include the funeral of Balon Greyjoy after he was killed by his brother Euron (Season 6, Episode 2: Home), and Yara and Theon's escape from the Iron Islands (Season 6, Episode 5: The Door).
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Theon is baptised by the Priest of the Drowned God:
From Whitepark Road, take Harbour Road all the way down to the sea, where a small car park awaits.
Nearby, the infamous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was put in place in the year 1755 by salmon fishermen. Suspended 30 metres above the roaring waves, crossing the swingbridge is not for the faint hearted and it gives you a fair idea of how Balon Greyjoy's visitors must have felt when approaching the three rickety bridges leading to the Sea Tower of Pyke Castle. Please keep in mind though, that Carrick-a-Rede was not an actual film location for the show.
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