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Monday, 20 June 2016

Dark Hedges

You wouldn't expect a load of trees along the roadside to be such a tourist attraction. However, Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, proves otherwise!

The avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.

The trees remain a grand and imposing feature, and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

If you're a fan of Game of Thrones then you may recognise the iconic trees, as they have been used as a filming location to represent the King's Road. I think I must be one of the few people who isn't a fan of Game of Thrones, but the trees are nonetheless impressive!
We got out the car and were immediately impressed by the grandeur of the magnificent trees. It was a beautifully sunny June afternoon,  however, I could imagine the road looking very spooky and even more dramatic on a dark, foggy winter's night.

We enjoyed walking through the tunnel of trees, and there weren't too many other tourists. Get there early if you want the place to yourself.

The tangled trees are so beautiful; it's amazing to think that they have been here for over two centuries. There's farmland on either side of the country lane, making it feel peaceful and remote.
The countryside in the surrounding area is idyllic, and it's not too far from the Giant's Causeway. I would definitely recommend visiting both attractions on the same day.

If you're a fan of nature or Game of Thrones (or both!) then you must add this to your list of places to visit in Northern Ireland. The attraction is free; just park up your car, take a stroll, and take lots of photos :)

Have you visited Dark Hedges? What did you think? Thank you for reading, Angharad x


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  1. Oh how I loved this post! My grandmother was born and raised in County Dublin, but I have yet to visit, though much of my cousins have. It really is beautiful from what I've seen in photos and I just imagine how much more in person! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    1. Hi Jalisa! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post :) Northern Ireland is very beautiful, and I would recommend visiting at this time of year as it's very cold and wet in winter! Have a great week, Angharad x

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  2. Wow... this place looks so beautiful! Love the amazing shots! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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    1. Thank you, Cielo! It's a great place to visit. Angharad x

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  3. OMG, what a beautiful place!! Seems very peaceful

    Thanks for sharing babe!

    Kisses,
    BLOG | TAISLANY

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  4. Aww I love Dark Hedges! Really miss Northern Ireland. My hubby is from Co Antrim :)
    Lovely post!
    xox Nadia
    www.mielandmint.com

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    1. Thank you, Nadia! I'm glad to hear that you're a fan of Dark Hedges too :) Angharad x

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