The Old Road ~ Tree Tunnel - Ballynoe, County Down, Northern Ireland. © Cat-Art ~ Cat Shatwell.

The Old Road ~ Tree Tunnel - Ballynoe, County Down, Northern Ireland. © Cat-Art ~ Cat Shatwell.

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 home, Gracehill House.  Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become known as the Dark Hedges. Northern Ireland.

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 home, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become known as the Dark Hedges. Northern Ireland.

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