The Dark Hedges, Stranocum, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
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
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.
Season 2, episode 1: On the King’ s Road, Arya Stark has escaped from
King’s Landing, disguised as a boy. She is with Yoren, Gendry, Hot Pie
and others who are to join the Night’s Watch, in a cart, travelling
north on the King’s Road.
Photo Chris Kench.