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Giant Tours Ireland

Ballycastle, United Kingdom
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About Giant Tours Ireland
Travellers’ Choice Awarded Hang out with ‘Hodor’ private specialist Game of Thrones® tours with Flip – stand in actor your local guide and driver. Explore the breathtaking off the beaten-track filming locations of the real-world Westeros. See the amazing locations where HBO’s iconic cast and the crew worked their magic. All at a relaxing pace with plenty of photo and selfie stops with walks to view many stunning places that most Game of Thrones® tourists simply do not get to see! A lunch stop to suit you at a recommended cafe, bar or restaurant for you to purchase. Booking via website for a Multi-day Game Of Thrones® filming locations tour, or Custom Tours (where you decide...) Pick-ups from Belfast (City Centre Hotels and the Cruise Ship port), Ballycastle, Derry, Portstewart, Portrush, Busmills, Ballintoy, Cushendun, Cushendall and along the Causeway Coastal Route by arrangement.
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the hit HBO series Game of Thrones with a stand-in actor from the series on this exciting tour through Northern Ireland. Meet Flip, your driver-guide who was a stand-in for several actors including Hodor, and visit several Westeros filming locations throughout the day. While you explore, listen to first-hand accounts from the film set and learn how some of the series' most iconic scenes were filmed.
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Marionhas4 wrote a review 18 May
Dunfermline, United Kingdom127 contributions89 helpful votes
It’s a week since we had our full day tour with Flip and I still get goosebumps when I think of the whole experience. Our guide for the day was Flip. He is one of the nicest gentlemen I have ever met and we all felt so relaxed with him. In fact within minutes of meeting him I felt I had met a new friend. I’m mentioning Flip first in this review as he was such an important part of us enjoying the tour with him. He looked after the four of us extremely well and was so very considerate. His minibus was immaculate and very comfortable for the tour. A lovely surprise for us was when Flip opened the back of his minibus and he had a picnic basket with hot tea, coffee and nibbles. We enjoyed this during the morning and afternoon. This is Flips homeland and therefore he was able to take us to the most beautiful sights. He is also a very knowledgeable enthusiast of Game of Thrones having actually been an actor in the series and also helped with other aspects of it. In fact in some of the locations I could easily envisage the scenes he was explaining that had taken place there. Flip has studied environmental science and was very knowledgeable on the various formations and causes of such rock at the Giants Causeway. The scenery and landmarks during the tour are stunning. We had lunch in a beautiful hotel in the lovely town of Ballycastle. We were also fortunate to be there on a day there was a market where fresh foodstuffs and quality crafts were sold. I can’t speak highly enough of Flip and I feel so lucky that my son-in-law chose this trip. Definitely one of the best days I have had on any of my holidays.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Flip R, Owner at Giant Tours Ireland
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks Marion! This is a wonderful review to read. You’re so very kind to take the time write it. I’m truly delighted to read that this was “… one of the best days …” that you have had on any of your holidays.” I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the refreshments and also the luck we had with timing to have a walk around the Ballycastle Town Market. I am also glad that you liked my explanations of the incredible geological stories that we have in abundance condensed along the Causeway Coastal Route. However, I remember that you preferred the myths and legends over the science! Lol Now all that I wish to hear from you is that you have begun to watch Game Of Thrones®️ You can then ‘geek out’, like your daughter and son-in-law about the incredible locations, as you become a fan of the show! Thanks again! Flip
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Charlene M wrote a review 14 May
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We spent a very very memorable day with the fabulous Flip on this 5 star tour! Flip is a very warm and characterful gentle man who shared lots of inside knowledge from the series and interesting personal stories. It really made our holiday very special :) We are a couple in our 40’s, accompanied by my parents in their 70’s. We are fans of the series and after the trip my parents are eager to watch it now too! The many filming locations we saw and things we learned about the series were extremely interesting and with Flip’s expert explanations you can picture how the scenes were set and production taking place in your mind. Flip took time to add in extra explanation to give my parents an understanding of the series, the characters and actors and also to share his knowledge on local history, geology and much more! We saw some bus tours in the distance at some points viewing some (but not all) of the locations we saw in crowds without a guide. We knew our experience was special with Flip - his involvement in and knowledge of the series is priceless and we couldn’t speak more kindly of this gentle giant. We certainly had made the right choice - worth every penny and then some more! The scenery was spectacular and we went on roads and to locations we would not have had the confidence to drive on or ability to navigate to! My mum is a nervous passenger but was totally at ease with Flip’s safe hands at the wheel in his very comfortable and immaculate people carrier. We were taken to the perfect place for lunch for our party and Flip also made lovely tea and coffee to keep us going throughout our 10hr+ round trip from Belfast. There is lots of time outside the vehicle and Flip took care to make sure the terrain and pace etc suited our party. Flip is one of those rare individuals that everyone and anyone would want to call their friend and we parted company feeling like we knew his family and his ours. I would highly recommend taking this (or any other trip) with Flip. Thanks a million Flip and do give us a shout if you are over in Scotland :)
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Flip R, Owner at Giant Tours Ireland
Responded 1 week ago
Wow! That’s some review. I really do not know where to start in responding. What I can tell you is that although a gentle man (your words) I do also consider myself to be a tough guy. Yet, you almost brought a tear to my eye. I can only tell you that it was such a pleasure to show off the locations in my back yard to you. I am imagining that your parents are getting into Game Of Thrones®️ by now. I’m thinking your Dad may be growing his beard too to become a true Thronie! :) It was a great day and I will certainly be in touch if crossing over the ‘Narrow Sea’ to Scotland. Thank you for such an incredible review! Flip
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Justin B wrote a review Apr 2022
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If you are looking for a tour with great story telling, facts and a lot of fun do this! Thanks flip!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Flip R, Owner at Giant Tours Ireland
Responded 1 week ago
I love your review Justin — short and to the point! Very much appreciated. Thank you Flip
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Elisa B wrote a review Feb 2022
Topanga, California, United States16 contributions
Flip was fantastic We had a magnificent day with him His enthusiasm for what he does and the wonderful warmth and passion he had for those gorgeous landscapes and evocative locations, made our day with him memorable and magical Thank you Flip!
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Response from Flip R, Owner at Giant Tours Ireland
Responded 1 week ago
Hey, thanks for taking the time to write a review with your kind comments. I’m delighted that you will have great memories of our day visiting those “evocative” locations (love that!) Thanks again Flip
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eorfan78 wrote a review Feb 2022
San Diego, California29 contributions
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Absolutely the BEST part of our 2 week vacation. Flip was kind, knowledgable, humorous, helpful, BEYOND our expectation of a tour guide and friend. The scenery alone in Northern Ireland is BREATHTAKING. Flip took us to all the famous Game of Thrones spots as well was some hidden gems. You will absolutely love this tour GOT fan or not. This tour exceeded my expectations. I would HIGHLY recommend. Well worth the cost.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from Flip R, Owner at Giant Tours Ireland
Responded 8 Feb 2022
Hello Laura Thanks for taking the time to write this review and recommendation. I have to say at the top that it was my absolute pleasure to show so many locations to you both. We did travel a lot of the real-world Westeros together on your two day tour. It is wonderful to read that my tour exceeded your expectations and you found our scenery breathtaking; especially as you spent your first week in Croatia! You may need to revisit someday as the Linen Mill Studio Tour just opened it doors. Fans such as yourselves might just want to check it out. It would be well worth coming back for and then we can find some more off the beaten track filming locations to enjoy! Thanks again Laura Flip
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