The Dark Hedges

About 25 minutes southeast of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland lies the Dark Hedges, a stretch of centuries old beech trees.

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The trees were planted in the 18th century by the Stewart family, with the intention of serving as an impressive sight to visitors of their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.

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Over the years, the beeches’ branches have intertwined, creating an eerie and iconic scene that has become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.  Game of Thrones fans may even recognize this sight as The King’s Road from the HBO series.

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A spectral Grey Lady is also reported to haunt this road, passing through the trees and vanishing right as she reaches the last each day at dusk.  Her presence does nothing to deter visitors to the Dark Hedges though, as people from all over the world come to see, photograph, and draw these beautiful trees.

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Discover Northern Ireland

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