When we created a post about magical tree tunnels back in April, there was one that we found especially enchanting – the Dark Hedges along Bregagh Road in Northern Ireland (see it on Google Maps). It turns out that we aren’t the only ones who think so – this quaint but picturesque tall tree avenue is one of the most-photographed locations in Northern Ireland.

Photographers, local and foreign alike, flock to the old tree avenue during every season of the year to capture this unique natural phenomenon in different lighting conditions. Bright sunlight, thick fog, golden sunsets, and even snowstorms draw photographers to capture this strange tunnel in all of its glory. It’s also a popular destination for couples taking their wedding photos. The epic tree tunnel even appeared in the critically-acclaimed and widely loved Game Of Thrones TV series (Season 2 Episode 1).

The beech trees surrounding this serene avenue were planted in the 18th century by the Stuart family in order to impress visitors on the approach to their home, Gracehill House. Over time, the tree’s upper branches expanded and grew together, forming the picturesque and haunting natural cathedral that we see today.

Photographers love taking pictures of this mysterious stand of trees in heavy fog, which is fitting because of a ghostly legend surrounding them. It is said that these beeches are haunted by a “Grey Lady” who wanders the trees at dusk, silently gliding the length of the avenue before disappearing at the end of the trees. No wonder that this gloomy place was put on the Game of Thrones map!

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The tree tunnel in Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 1:

On the Kingsroad, 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.(1)