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dark hedges, game of thrones, northern ireland, uk, roadtrip

When I did research my trip to the Causeway Coast pictures of this street always popped up – it was impossible to miss them! Another location from “Game of Thrones” and probably as often photographed as the Giant´s Causeway! I assume James Stuart didn´t expect this to happen when he planted these more than 150 breech trees along the entrance road to his estate in 1775.

dark hedges, game of thrones, northern ireland, uk, roadtrip

Even so, I came in the evening there was quite a few people around. This actually is a normal road (Bregagh Road), so be aware that there might be traffic! The cars you see in the picture weren´t traffic, but just people who were too lazy to use the free parking next to the hotel – just two minutes walk away from the road.

Please use the parking at the Hedges Hotel, it´s a lovely short walk through the Gracehill House estate to reach the beech-lined road. And as I just learned, traffic has been banned from this part of the road last October, I´ve just been one and a half month too early!

dark hedges, game of thrones, northern ireland, uk, roadtrip

James Stuart built Gracehill House in 1775,

the opposing rows of beech trees were meant to create an impressive, scenic road leading up to their estate, Gracehill House. However as the trees matured they began to bend over the road and their upper branches intermingled creating a shadowy arboreal tunnel. (Atlas Obscura)

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After a lovely walk through the tunnel (and some waiting until most of the people were gone) I was ready to drive back to the coast and my B&B – and a short stop to admire White Park Bay Beach in the sunset! And I was ready to enjoy the Perseid Meteor Showers. I´ve never seen so many falling stars, having no light pollution really helps!

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