Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges

Located on a quiet road near the town of Ballymoney in County Antrim, in Northern Ireland, the Dark Hedges is a unique stretch of the Bregagh Road near Armoy, in Ireland, with a length of 0.6 asphalted mile. Even the wildly popular Game of Thrones has popped over to the road to film a scene at this eerily beautiful drive. It's one of the Top Haunted Roads in the world.

The drive is definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! There are many excellent photo opportunities. Lined with beech trees twisted branches forming an arch over the road it makes for impressive photographs indeed. It’s one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland and a popular attraction for tourists from across the world. It has been painted by hundreds of visiting artists and is a favourite location for wedding photographs. Legend goes that the Dark Hedges is haunted by a "Grey Lady". Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO's epic series Game of Thrones, representing the King's Road and in the 2017 Transformers film The Last Knight.

This avenue of large mature beech trees gets busier at weekends and in the main holiday season. Tour buses stop regularly here in the afternoon, so get here early to avoid the crowds. The road has attracted photographers, painters, and curious tourists for decades.Pedestrians should be aware of traffic travelling in both directions.Over the past 300 years or so, the Beech trees guarding either side of the lane have reached up and across to each other, becoming heavily intertwined to create a natural arched tunnel where shadow and light plays through entwined branches. This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century (in about 1775). It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House, which is now a golf club. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight.

 

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