My son is fighting a war, not playing at one.” – Catelyn Stark

Of all the Game Of Thrones characters I love (and I love, well, most of them), I have a warm spot for Renly Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. So, the opportunity to visit their camp was too good to pass on.

They’re just so beautiful!

Just to the left of the world famous (is it even?) Carrick-A-Rede death bridge, it was actually a disused quarry that was used for the camp. You can find all the details here – http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carrick-a-rede/

I took a bunch of pictures, because it was sunny and the place is really, really pretty. So pretty.

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If you’re feeling particularly brave, a short walk along some terrifying cliff edges takes you to this place…

Stannis did not win the gene-pool lottery, did he?

It was really windy when I was there…so I didn’t make it to this particular cliff top. I value my own life too much. At least, I thought I did. Now I regret not taking the risk, especially since I had my brother with me, and I really wanted to shout ‘No one wants you for their king’ at him.

I’m Renly. He can be Stannis.

There’s not much more to say about this particular set – it is stunning, and it’s worth a walk around.

I’m going to take this opportunity to have a rant. It’s relevant, don’t worry. I think, I truly think, that I am in love with Margaery Tyrell. Let’s run this purely from the series, since I have an awful habit of spoiling the books for everyone.

Casting Natalie Dormer as Margaery was a stroke of genius – the woman is hot, smart, and looks like she would plan your murder while she brushes your hair (I was going to say something else there, but I’m trying to keep this PG13…)

The character is amazing as well – ambitious, politically savvy and adorable. In fact, one of my favourite lines from season two was hers. When Peter ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish asks her if she would like to be a queen, and she replies she’d rather be “the” Queen? My insides jumped around a bit.

Yeah, okay, so I have a girl crush. If you have a favourite character, I will happily read your rant. Stick it on Facebook!

In conclusion. Northern Ireland is nice. HBO casting directors are geniuses.

S.

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