Dark Hedges in Nothern Ireland: Update

This post provides an important development as reported today.

For ease of reference my original post of May 17th 2020 is repeated below.

The situation regarding the avenue of trees is as follows:

  • The avenue originally comprised 150 beech trees which were planted in 1775.
  • Prior to today's announcement 86 trees remained.
  • A safety check determined that 11 of the remaining trees were in poor condition of which 6 had to be felled.Of the remainder 4 required remedial work with assessment of 1 pending.
  • The remaining trees have an age of about 250 years whereas the typical life span for the species is 150-200 years.

Clearly, today's news is detrimental for tourists, especially Outlander fans.

Dark Hedges, an incredible and eery site in Northern Ireland

Dark Hedges

This evening, I am posting information on the unusual natural feature known as the ‘Dark Hedges’, near Stranocum in Northern Ireland.

The feature comprises an avenue of very mature beech trees planted in the 18th century by the local Stuart family in order to impress visitors approaching their property, Gracehill House.

Clearly, the site is a magnet for photographers throughout all seasons and light conditions.The Dark Hedges were used as a filming location for the "King's Road" in the television series Game of Thrones. The trees have also been used in the 2017 Transformers film The Last Knight.

Dark Hedges is located near Gracehill Golf Club off the B147, about 2.5 miles from the village of Stranocum. Post code is BT53 8TP.

A site not to be missed when touring Northern Ireland!

Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges


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