Friday, July 1, 2016

Past POIs - The Dark Hedges [Antrim, Northern Ireland]

During our trip to Ireland, we also visited Northern Ireland which is home to The Dark Hedges, made popular thanks to the hit TV series Game of Thrones and in my opinion, is a must see while you are in the area since odds are, you are here for Giant's Causeway which is just a short 20 minute drive away anyways.

The Dark Hedge is a group of over 150 beech trees which were planted by James Stuart back in 1775, yes, over 200 years ago. It was actually part of a much bigger estate and it was actually the entrance for how you visited their estate. Now, the estate has since been developed and changed and this is just on a road, Bregagh Road, and open to the public to visit and admire. In 2009, a trust was created, Dark Hedges Preservation Trust, whose purpose is to protect and preserve these trees.

For visitors, you can park at the Hedges Hotel, just a short 5 minute walk away from the site, or you can park on the shoulder just to the south of the site. Visiting is free, however, based on when we visited, come early since it is less busy at that time with tour buses starting to arrive at around 10:00am.

For more information, visit the official site at

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!