July 2019 - The 148th Open, Armoy Road Races and #summer

The world’s greatest golfers arrive on our shores for The 148th Open (14th - 21st July) held at Royal Portrush Golf Course. This is a fabulous event and great to see it return to Northern Ireland. Home grown golfers including Rory Mcilroy will be hoping to claim one of golf’s greatest prizes,

Royal Portrush is just 25 minutes from the Dark Hedges, making it an easily visited attraction before, after and during the golf. The Dark Hedges Experience team look forward to welcoming guests that are attending The Open.

July and August are often warmer and drier, with the nights being longer our Experience Centre is open until 5pm. We are fully stocked with Dark Hedges T Shirts, Key rings, Hoodies, Beanies and Sharon Millar Artwork. Grab your Dark Hedges memorabilia.

Another local event kicks off in July will please motorsport fans with the annual Armoy Road Races. These supercharged motorbikes race around the area at incredible speeds. Armoy is just 5 minutes drive from the Dark Hedges.

Please remember you cannot park on the Dark Hedges Road, please park your car inside the Hedges Hotel car park, this is the safest and best place to park your car and walk down the Fairy Trail to the Dark Hedges.

Balinea Road, is a busy highway, look both ways and ensure that you only cross the road when it is safe to do so.

Enjoy your summer vacation.

Coming up in May 2019 at the Dark Hedges

We are open for the May Bank Holidays
We are open for early May bank, 5th May, and Spring Bank Holiday, 27th May 2019. As the weather warms up, drive to Ballymoney and enjoy a day out at the Dark Hedges Estate. Everything you need for fun experience is here, Guided Tours of the Dark Hedges, and of course The Scullery Bar and Restaurant for lunch and dinner.


New Opening Hours

The Dark Hedges Experience Centre is now open from 9am until 5pm. Our tours depart daily on the hour from 10am to 2pm (weekdays) and 10 am to 3pm (on weekends). Call, book via our website or just turn up 10 minutes prior to the tour departure time.


What’s nearby the Dark Hedges Estate and Experience Centre

The Old Bushmills Distillery is just over 9 miles from The Dark Hedges Experience Centre and Hedges Hotel, to the south of the Giant’s Causeway. Dunluce Castle and the Royal Portrush Golf Club are within a 20-25 minute drive, and Belfast International Airport is around 50 minutes away.

One of the world’s best coastal drives is the Causeway Coastal Route. Download the map, pick up a rental car and start exploring beautiful Northern Ireland.

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We had a fantastic tour of the Dark Hedges and surroundings by Patrick, who was so knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to share stories and historical anecdotes! Highly recommend. Also, these natural, beautiful, and irreplaceable trees should be preserved by shutting down the road to most traffic. The government should step in and protect these gems! Anyway, great tour!
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