Dark Hedges one of UK and Ireland’s top road trips

The Dark Hedges featuring as the King's Road in HBO series Game of Thrones
The Dark Hedges featuring as the King's Road in HBO series Game of Thrones

The Dark Hedges, made famous by HBO series Game of Thrones have been included in a list of the 12 best road trips in the UK and Ireland, compiled by the website www.continentalroadtrip.com.

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 House.

Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

The road is reputedly haunted by a spectral ‘Grey Lady’ who appears at dusk among the trees. She silently glides along the roadside and disappears as she passes the last beech tree.

The iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones, representing the King’s Road. It was seen as Arya Stark escapes King’s Landing in company with the latest recruits heading for The Wall.