Cairncastle: North of Winterfell

Northern Ireland: Game of ThronesCairncastle: North of Winterfell

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Cairncastle is both a village and a parish overlooking the Antrim coast. The area around Cairncastle has two claims to fame - it appeared in the very first episode of Game of Thrones' Season 1: Winter is Coming.

The other drawcard is the Bronze Age fort and settlement of Knock Dhu (Irish for "Black Hill"). A portable gatehouse, roundhouses and several banks and ditches were excavated in 2008.

Key Scenes

After catching the deserter from the Night's Watch, Eddard Stark, accompanied by his sons and Theon Greyjoy, decides to execute the deliquent, despite his dire warnings about the return of the White Watchers.

Rickon, Bran, Robb and Theon all watch on, as Eddard prepares to behead the deserter himself. While doing so, he addresses Bran with an important lesson: "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."


More information on Northern Ireland's Game of Thrones locations can be found on Tourism Northern Ireland's official website, or via Northern Ireland Screen's free location app, which is available on IOS and Android.



The filming site is located at N54° 53' 38.083" / W5° 55' 1.204" or 54.8939120 / -5.9170010.

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