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World's 10 most amazing places you won't believe exist - and one of them is in Northern Ireland

By Linda Stewart

Just a few years ago there wasn't even a sign to say where they were.

Now the Dark Hedges at Stranocum have been rated one of the 10 most amazing places you won't believe exist on Earth.

The intertwining avenue of 18th century beech trees has been featured by travel search engine Skyscanner among its top 10 list of places which are out of this world. It sits alongside Antelope Canyon in Arizona, northern Lake Baikal in Russia and The Door To Hell, a geyser in Turkmenistan.

The serpentine row of trees is world famous after being used as the King's Road in HBO hit series Game Of Thrones and was recently nominated for landmark of the year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2014-5.

A Skyscanner spokesman says: "If you go down to the woods today, drive through the Dark Hedges if you're in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, a tree-lined road on the coast of Antrim. Game Of Thrones fans will also recognise this area as the Port Of Pyke, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy's old stomping ground."

The avenue was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to impress visitors to Gracehill House.

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