Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, 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. They are reputedly haunted by a ‘Grey lady’. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight as they form an arc over the road and have become known as the Dark Hedges.
Set on the hilly terrain, dominated by Edinburgh Castle, the city of Edinburgh presides over Scotland for many centuries as the country's capital. Seat of the Scottish parliament, home of Edinburgh University, the city is a recognised political, cultural and scientific centre of Scotland – a blend of rich history and beauty, both natural and man-made.