Traffic is to be banned from travelling through the Dark Hedges – made famous by the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones – from Monday.
The tunnel of beech trees on the Bregagh Road near Armoy in County Antrim has become a major international tourist attraction.
The scene was used by the Game of Thrones crew to represent the Kingsroad in the HBO drama series.
The ban comes after concerns about the impact of traffic on the site.
The Department for Infrastructure order will also prohibit buses and coaches from using the designated stretch of the road.
The ban is will be enforced along Bregagh Road, from its junction with Ballinlea Road to its junction with Ballykenver Road.
Any motorist who flouts the ban could face a fine of up to £1,000.
Some vehicles, including agricultural and emergency vehicles, will be exempt from the ban “in certain circumstances”.
‘Damage to trees’
The Dark Hedges were planted more than 200 years ago by the Stuart family, who created a tree-lined avenue along the entrance to their Gracehill House mansion.
About 150 were planted by James Stuart, but time has taken its toll over the centuries and now fewer than two thirds remain standing.
In January 2016, during Storm Gertrude, high winds ripped up two trees, causing them to collapse.
The Dark Hedges became a huge draw for tourists and TV fans after they appeared, albeit briefly, in the closing scene of one episode of Game of Thrones.
Arya Stark, one of the show’s main characters, was filmed travelling on a cart along the road, disguised as a boy.
Conservationists have expressed alarm about the increasing traffic levels in the area and the possible damage to the trees’ roots.
During the Easter holidays this year, pictures of traffic jams were shared on social media and some users criticised the number of vehicles lining the road.