Dark Hedges, County Antrim

Dark Hedges, County Antrim

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The Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland are probably one of the most photographed and painted phenomena in the region. These striking beech trees were planted by the Stuart Family in the 1800s, along the avenue leading up to their home – Gracehill.
 
Today the trees are intertwined and form an imposing line along each side of the road. Their appearance seems to alter with the ever-changing passage of time and seasons, and the light casting strange shadows enticing photographers to return again and again to try and capture all the moods and character of this beautiful stretch of road.
 
A place such as this cannot escape the inevitable tales of ghostly activity – with an grey lady thought to haunt the avenue – although for whom she is looking or why seems to have been lost to the mists of time.
 
The Dark Hedges are protected by the Northern Ireland Planning Service so that they may be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come.
 
To discover this ethereal part of Northern Ireland for yourself, drive towards the village of Armoy – around 50 miles from Belfast and travel to Bregagh Road. Magical and otherworldly – the Dark hedges should not be missed!

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