I have a confession to make: I have never watched Game of Thrones (gasp!). Anyway, I had a strong wish to visit the so called “Dark Hedges” on our road trip through Northern Ireland. And I am glad that we did! Whether you are a fan of the popular show or not – this is a very beautiful piece of Irish nature.
“Dark Hedges? A waste of time!”
It was not difficult to figure out what our guide Bobby had to say about our wish to visit Dark Hedges on our way back to Dublin. First of all it was a place that used to be totally unknown to the public until a few years ago where it played a very small part in a very popular show. Second of all, the summer was obviously the wrong time to visit Dark Hedges now that it had to be done. But we did it anyway. And we are glad that we did.
A road with trees
If you are not a fan of Game of Thrones, what is so special about this place then? It is actually “just” an avenue with trees. But I ( and apparently a lot of others, cause it is always filled with people) think it is a very beautiful avenue. The hundreds of years old, crooked beech trees looks like something from a fairy tale. There is not much to do here besides walking the road, trying to get a photo without too many people in it, so I wouldn’t spend hours of driving just to see this. But as a stop on the way, it is a remarkably beautiful place to come and stretch your legs!
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Find your way
The Dark Hedges can be found on the road named Bregagh Road. It is located in the middle of nowhere, so you just have to find a roadside to park by. If you are not exploring Ireland by car, there is full day tours from several of the bigger Irish cities that make a stop at Dark Hedges as a part of the package.
Visited in July 2017