The Dark Hedges, Ireland's Most Photographed Avenue

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County Antrim's Dark Hedges is by now one of the most famous avenues in the world. Made by a local landowner who planted the beech trees 300 years ago to mark the approach to his house; made famous by HBO's Game of Thrones as the King's Road over the past decade.

The fine scene has changed much since this image, in recent times (COVID excepting) most of this long scene would have been filled with throngs of people in on tour buses, as a result the nice and grassy verges have turned to mud.

The trees have diminished greatly, having fallen to storms in the intervening years and weakened as a result of vehicular traffic parking up on the verges, as I mentioned in a previous post about beech trees they do have shallow roots so are prone to damage.

But also, these tall and arching trees are nearing the end of their natural lifespan and even if replaced will take some time to become as grand.

The Dark Hedges, County Antrim Northern Ireland
The Dark Hedges, County Antrim Northern Ireland
Last modified on Saturday, 27 March 2021 22:59
Darren McLoughlin

International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

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