Wednesday 18 October 2017

Storm Gertrude uproots stunning Games of Thrones Dark Hedges trees in Antrim

A car drives during snowy conditions along the Dark Hedges tree tunnel, which was featured in the TV series Game of Thrones, near Ballymoney in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on January 14, 2015. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A car drives during snowy conditions along the Dark Hedges tree tunnel, which was featured in the TV series Game of Thrones, near Ballymoney in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on January 14, 2015. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

David Young

A spectacular tree-lined avenue which provided one of the backdrops for the hit fantasy drama Game Of Thrones has fallen victim to Storm Gertrude.

A number of trees making up the famous Dark Hedges in Co Antrim came down in the high winds that have battered Northern Ireland.

The beech trees were planted in the 18th century by a local family, the Stuarts, with the intent of creating a grand entrance to their nearby Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.

Already one of the most photographed natural landmarks on the island of Ireland, the tourist attraction recently achieved global prominence after it appeared on the hit HBO series.

The Dark Hedges featured in Season Two of the award-winning TV hit.

Much of Game Of Thrones is shot in Northern Ireland, either on location or in studios in Belfast.

The Dark Hedges and other locations featured in the series have seen visitor numbers surge due to the growing popularity of Game Of Thrones tourist tours.

The road is likely to be closed to traffic for the remainder of Friday as Northern Ireland's Roads Service works to remove three fallen trees.

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