Wandering Ireland 2016 travel blog

Dark Hedges Game of Thrones

Dark Hedges Game of Thrones

Dark Hedges Game of Thrones

Dark Hedges Game of Thrones

The harbor of Carnlough

Small boat harbor Carnlough

The seaside town of Carnlough


East Maidens Light, North Channel

We drive over to Bregagh Road, Ballymoney, why you might ask. This road has 18th century beech trees that form a tunnel and is where "The Dark Hedges" scenes in the HBO series "Game of Thrones" are shot.

We wander over to the Antrim Coast Drive. A drive of spectacular scenery and quaint villages that we will take almost all the way into Belfast. We stop in the Village of Carnlough to stretch our legs and in at least one case, buy AA batteries. A nice little town with a semi-protected harbor for small craft. This is a relatively clear day and at a few points along the route we can make out the coast of Scotland in the distance

Our drive eventually meets the motorway straight into Belfast and we arrive at the Raddison Blu for the night about 1800.

Roads in Ireland seem to be of three different types. The motorways (M) are similar to our interstates with speed limits of 120 km/hr (75 MPH).(N) routes can be compared to our state highways although a lot narrower. Speeds of between 80 KPH and 100 km/hr (50 and 62 MPH). Secondary roads (R) are narrow with limits in the 60 to 80 KPH range (42 to 50 MPH). Town speeds are usually 50 km/hr or 31 MPH. You can only count on the motorways to have gentle curves all other roads are narrow and winding.

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