These spectacular views are of the Bregagh Road, between Stranocum and Armoy in County Antrim. The ‘Dark Hedges‘, as it’s affectionately known around those parts, is a long avenue of beech trees running down the gentle undulations of this minor road. My mum had heard about this place – popular with couples getting photographed on their wedding day – from a friend who spoke vividly about seeing it in the moonlight as a child. Neither of us had been here before, and after driving about the area for a while we eventually found it with some help from Google Maps on my mobile.
The long lines of trees are incredibly striking, at this time of the year the leafy boughs arch across the road almost as far as the eye can see, creating a the impression of a vaulted canopy. The trees have become much more well-known in the last few years, their fame spreading as a result of their obvious attraction to photographers. Although it’s a fairly quiet road I had to abort several attempts at these panoramas due to cars driving slowly along the arched avenue… other folk were out enjoying the view too.
Since shooting here in 2010, the location has become even better known internationally, as it’s been featured in the hit TV show ‘Game of Thrones‘.