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The Dark Hedges

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The Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim, NI – Taken September 19, 2015

The popular TV show Game of Thrones is filmed in Northern Ireland. With its dramatic and beautiful scenery, it’s not surprising that the show chose Northern Ireland. Since the rise of this show, tourism in Northern Ireland has increased – particularly with Game of Thrones fans visiting various filming locations. There are guided tours dedicated to visiting the show’s filming locations. There is even a Game of Thrones afternoon tea!

One of the stops on our All Ireland Rocker tour was the Dark Hedges in County Antrim. This beautiful tree-lined avenue was meant to awe visitors as they made their way to the Stuart family mansion -Gracehill House. These beech trees were planted in the 18th century. Even in the year 2015, we were awed at the sight of the hauntingly beautiful trees and the dramatic avenue.

The Dark Hedges were made famous as “The King’s Road” in season 2 of Game of Thrones. Since then, the number of tourists searching for this previously quiet and unknown site has increased dramatically! Dave, our tour guide, told us new signs had to be put up to guide wandering tourists to the Dark Hedges. Due to its popularity, there are often many cars, buses and visitors on this avenue. I was lucky enough to snap this photograph while there were no cars or people in my shot and it is one of my favourites!

From The Dark Hedges with Love,

Ioana and Natalie
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