The Dark Hedges

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century.

It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.

Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

In fact, the iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO's epic series Game of Thrones, representing the King's Road.

Featured Scene:
Season 2, episode 1: On the King' s Road, 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.
Find out about other Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Northern Ireland on

GPS/Sat Nav: BT53 8TP
Approx. Grid Reference is D 03 1 33 5 (OS Discoverer Series Sheet 5 Ballycastle)

See the Directions tab for details of how to find the Dark Hedges.

**The Dark Hedges have been included in a list of the 12 best road trips in the UK and Ireland, compiled by the website

Opening times:

Always open



The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballymoney Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

The Dark Hedges are located along Bregagh Road, near Gracehill Golf Club, off the A147, approximately 2.5 miles from the village of Stranocum heading north.

Directions From Ballymoney Tourist Information Centre, Townhead Street Car Park:

• Drive to top of Townhead Street, at junction Turn RIGHT, get in left hand lane. TURN LEFT AT MINI ROUNDABOUT;
• Drive STRAIGHT ON at next mini roundabout, straight to end of road (Petrol station on your left);
• At approach to roundabout move into right hand lane, TURN RIGHT AT ROUNDABOUT onto A26 Frosses Road southbound towards Ballymena /Belfast;
• Take 3rd exit on left – B147 Kirk Road (Signposted Stranocum/Gracehill Golf Club/Ballintoy);
• Keep on B147 (through village of Stranocum) for approx 7 to 8 Miles;
• Bregagh Road is on right before reaching Gracehill Golf Club

If you are driving from the North Coast direction travelling south to Ballymoney, Stranocum is in between Dervock and Armoy. Follow signs for Gracehill Golf Club - it is a 2 minute drive from there.
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Open Sundays
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Parking Available
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