The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland, David Cleland

The Famous Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland

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This year I have received over a dozen emails asking why the traditional Northern Ireland locations were not covered on FlixelPix. In a sense it wasn’t a deliberate act to leave places like ‘The Dark Hedges’ or the Giant’s Causeway out but more that people from Northern Ireland don’t tend to visit these locations on a frequent basis.

The Dark Hedges

I have decided to remedy these missing locations with a whistle stop tour of a few of the obvious places to visit between the showers on a visit to Ireland. Now famous for it’s appearance in the HBO series Game of Thrones the trees are now a popular stop for bus runs and tourists.

The first location I thought I would cover is the famous dark hedges of County Antrim that are listed as over three hundred years old.

The Dark Hedges

The hedges are allegedly haunted by a spectral ‘grey lady’ and form an arc over the road. The beech trees have become a much-photographed natural monument within the Ballymoney area and in my fifteen minute visit I met six sets of visitors from Germany through to Canada.

As I have already mentioned, the location was recently used as a location in the HBO drama series Game of Thrones which fits perfectly with the haunting almost enchanted looking area.

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland, David Cleland

Sadly though, 300 years worth of heritage as been almost ruined by the erection of a hideous green fence along both sides of the narrow road.

Dark Hedges Snow

You can read more of this story in the Ballymoney Times. It really was particularly difficult to capture the images without the eyesore of the fence.


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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.


  1. It’s even worst now. Ruined by tourist. As the verges are damaged with big coaches and the tourist that they think they have the right to carve their name into the trees. When will people ever respect their surroundings and leave places as they found them for others to enjoy.

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