Game of Thrones is back onscreen with its dramatic landscapes and architecture. Almost as captivating as the onscreen drama is the fact that Airbnb lists properties that die-hard fans can rent to live out their own GoT’s experience. Here is a selection of Airbnbs that will make you feel like you’re living in Game of Thrones.
1. $1854/night — Dirleton, Scotland
Halberds over the fireplace, polished copper tubs, stone fireplaces in the bathroom, and a suit of armor in the dining room make this the perfect fantasy stay. Few competitors have a fireworks show, so this castle really stands out as an incredible all-around destination.
2. $206/night — Melville Gate Rd, Midlothian, Scotland
This castle is believed to have served as the hunting seat for Mary Queen of Scots, which means you’re not only walking in the footsteps of royalty, you’re sleeping in their bedrooms.
3. $1276/night — Durhamstown, County Meath, Ireland
With the pink couch in the master bedroom, to the fuzzy wreath separating the two very different beds in the guest room, to the purple tub and “moody purple” dining room, every single room is starkly different from the last — and perhaps that can provide the dozen different experiences necessary to justify the $1276 price tag.
4. $1085/night — Lisheen, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
This castle will make you want to hop on a horse and ride around hunting pheasants for leisure-sport. The dining room is flawlessly accurate to its period — and there are statues in the bathroom.
5. $1030/night — Dairsie Mains, Cupar, Fife, Scotland
With its exterior, castle grounds, paintings, banister busts, what appear to be totem poles, and the traditional bedroom décor, this is a legitimate castle through and through. Located close to St. Andrews (15 minutes’ drive) and Edinburgh (1 hour-drive), a perfect location for a holiday in Scotland.
6. $220/night — Kilmartin, Argyll, Scotland
Kilmartin Castle was constructed in 1550 for John Carswell, Rector of Kilmartin Glen and later Bishop of The Isles. At one point, it was occupied by the Campbell Clan, before being abandoned for 200 years. There are three bedrooms available, each with a blend of original and modern décor.
7. $300/night — Bangor, Northern Ireland
This tower has been written about, including two poems written by different authors. Both its exterior and interior are pretty much exactly what you’d hope for from a castle interior. It even has an octagonal period room, spiral staircase, and rooftop reading room.
8. $163/night — Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle, Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland
Hackett Castle is a 15th-century tower house restored to provide comfort and modernity, at the same time as retaining the original structure and architecture. The keep was used as a safe house for the Hackett family, who retreated to the tower in 1655 due to their affiliation with the Catholic Confederation of Kilkenny. This listing offers stunning views over the Tipperary countryside.
9. $173/night — Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
You can rent this 16th-century watermill in Dumfries and Galloway for little to nothing — and it sleeps ten. The building is surrounded by fourteen acres of rivers, waterfalls, and woodland. Galloway is well-known for being one of the better regions in Scotland for stargazing. Out here, there will be no the glare from streetlights or other buildings.
10. $132/night, The Gatehouse of Ayton Castle, Ayton
Many of the stately homes and castles in Scotland offer accommodation in stables, gatehouses and other external buildings. Ayton Castle is located in The Scottish Borders, one of Scotland’s most diverse and beautiful regions.