Game of Thrones is back. While the fight for prime Seven Kingdoms real estate kicks off on our screens, demand for properties in the show's Northern Ireland filming locations has gone through the roof. With tourism on the rise, and prices still consistently lowerthan in the other three UK countries, property investment in Northern Ireland is a bit of a no-brainer. Here's where to look to get your own Game of Thrones-style pad in the UK.
Cushendun, Northern Ireland
Fans of the show will recognise this coastline as part of the Stormlands, the ancestral home of the Baratheons. This filming location has experienced some of Northern Ireland's best market growth rates since 2014, but there are still some excellent bargains available. For example, offers for this four-bedroom house start at £279,950. We think Stannis' map table would look perfect in front of that Victorian slate fireplace.
Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
With the Giant's Causeway and the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery nearby, Ballycastle has always been a great investment for the holiday home market. Now, thanks to Game of Thrones, we can add the Dark Hedges (AKA the King's Road) to the region's tourist attractions. Property is still modestly priced, with this four-bedroom detached house on the market for £205,000. It has huge grounds, too, perfect for letting your direwolves roam.
Ballintoy, Northern Ireland
Antrim's Ballintoy has played dual roles in the Game of Thrones world: as the harbour in Lordsport and the Iron Islands beach where Theon arrives home. This quaint fishing village sits right at the foot of the Giant's Causeway – adding extra holiday let potential. Like Ballycastle, it's within easy striking distance of the King's Road (although you'll need to head to Belfast Airport if you really want to visit King's Landing, as it's in Croatia).
Wester Ross, Scotland
Westeros, Wester Ross – basically the same thing. This remote region of the Scottish Highlands, well beyond the Wall, is renowned for its gorgeous scenery. Your own wee bit of hill and glen can be had for as little as £170,000, with this two-bedroom detached lodge in Plockton. Live out your Wildling fantasies beside the wood-burning stove, while binge-watching Game of Thrones with the house's surprisingly good broadband connection.