Northern Ireland: Game of ThronesThe Dark Hedges: The Kingsroad
Who would have thought a few years back, that this avenue of beech trees would become one of the country's most photographed locations. Planted in the 18th century by the Stuart family, the trees have become known as the Dark Hedges, and are even alleged to have their own ghost: according to local legend the lost spirit of the Grey Lady appears amongst the trunks at dusk.
While it is possible to drive along the road, the significant traffic might be off-putting. Many film fans prefer to walk, following in the footsteps of the film characters, but this makes it no less annoying with cars and coaches driving past every few seconds.
Thankfully, local authorities are considering closing the road for motorized traffic in the near future.
After Ned Stark's death, Arya flees King's Landing, travelling north on the Kingsroad in the back of a cart. Disguised as a boy, she joins her companions Yoren, Gendry and Hot Pie who are on their way to join the Night's Watch (Season 2, Epsiode 1: The North Remembers).
Despite the location only featuring in this one scene, the Dark Hedges have become a true pilgrimage site for Game of Thrones fans the world over.
More information on Northern Ireland's Game of Thrones locations can be found on Tourism Northern Ireland's official website, or via Northern Ireland Screen's free location app, which is available on IOS and Android.
The Dark Hedges is situated on Bregagh Road, Ballymoney BT53 8TP, and can be driven from either direction. Parking along the road is next to impossible (and damages the tree roots), but there is a nearby car park at Gracehill House (signposted from Ballinlea Road). From the car park, it is only a 5 minute walk to the trees.
The Dark Hedges
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