The finale!

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Tonight is the very last episode of Game of Thrones. Maybe. Unless a million people who are demanding an alternative ending to the series get their way.

Dunluce Castle – Image Discover Northern Ireland

It has been a bonanza for tourist authorities around the world and, now the series is ending, I have had more than a few e-mails pointing out which locations have been used and how I should visit them as part of a holiday. Some people will do nothing else than tour the film locations because of the impact Game of Thrones has had on them. Some will have stayed up till 2am because that is when the final episode was first shown. Most will have recorded it to watch at a more leisurely hour or will watch it at 9pm tonight.

The airline Flybe, e-mailed me with nineteen different locations in Northern Ireland that I could visit – all connected with the programme- and which, coincidentally, near an airport into which the airline flew. How did it pick just nineteen?  By looking at Instagram and, in the words of the airline press release, “analysing the number of hashtags at GoT filming locations across Northern Ireland. This data was then used to create the top 19 locations.”

Then it produced a map showing you where all the sites were.

The top sites – which will probably surprise no fan of the series – are the Dark Hedges, (used for Kingsroad) Carrick-a-Rede, (used for Pyke) Dunluce Castle and Ballintoy Harbour which are part of the location for the Iron Islands and Castle Ward which is, of course, Winterfell Castle.

Knowing tourist destination staff, Game of Thrones will exist for at least another twenty years in Northern Ireland through a combination of trails, walks, weekend stays and even re-enactments!

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