The Dark Hedges

The Dancing Rest

Photo: Matthias

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century.
It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.
Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

In fact, the iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones, representing the King’s Road.

“This place was a real gem of a find,” wrote photographer Christopher Tait. “Not in the guide books but we eventually found a tourist guy that knew where it was. 300 year old beach trees line the road. Some have recently been felled as they were starting to fall but it is quite a magical place.”

Photo: Pawel Klarecki

Photo: Pawel Klarecki

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