Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges is a tunnel of beech trees along the Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum and has been made famous by HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Less than 5 minutes from Gardenvale, it is definitely worth checking out, even for a good old #selfie

If you’re keen on Game of Thrones, like ourselves, you will know it was the filming location for the ‘Kings Road’ in Season 2, episode 1. Arya Stark has escaped from King’s Landing, disguised as a boy. She is with Yoren, Gendry, Hot Pie and others who are to join the Night’s Watch, in a cart, travelling north on the King’s Road.

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Dark Hedges History

Origin

The tree tunnel itself dates back to circa 1775 when James Stuart had Gracehill House built, he wanted an avenue to match the impressive Georgian architecture and so over 150 beech trees were planted along the entrance to the estate.

Gracehill House

James Stuart named the estate after his wife, Grace Lynd. Over the years, the family sought to develop an imposing avenue by planting a vast number of beech trees along the avenue to the Georgian estate. Today this unique, tranquil and spellbinding tunnel of ancient beech trees stretches along the Bregagh Road, intertwining and entangling to create a spectacular fusion of light and shadow.

gracehill house - dark hedges estate
dark hedges ghost

The Grey Lady

A favourite local ghost story features the grey lady, a spectre that glides along the Bregagh Road, sashaying between the gnarled trees. She vanishes from sight when she passes the last tree. Whilst some local people believe she is the ghost of a maid from the nearby house who died in mysterious circumstances centuries ago, or perhaps the daughter of James Stuart, referred to in some genealogy lists as ‘Cross Peggy’, others believe that she is a lost spirit from an old, deserted graveyard that is thought to lie hidden in the fields nearby. On Halloween night, the forgotten graves are said to open and the Grey Lady is joined on her walk by the tormented souls of those who were buried beside her.

Northern Ireland is Game of Thrones® territory

Game of Thrones

Filming Location

As we touched on above, Dark Hedges has been used as ‘Kings Road’ in Game of Thrones. If you’re a big fan you will recognise from the scene from Series 2.

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game of thrones map

Other Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Explore Northern Ireland’s other Game of Thrones filming locations, as shown in the map which has been provided by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB). Generally, if you’re looking to plan a road trip and see these sights while you’re touring Northern Ireland the tourist board have extremely helpful itineraries and information if you want to learn more.