Traffic is to be banned from a road in Co Antrim which has become an international tourist attraction after it featured in television fantasy drama Game of Thrones.

The action is being taken to protect an ancient tunnel of beech trees on the Bregagh Road, near Armoy, known as the Dark Hedges, which have featured in the TV drama as the Kingsroad.

The road has become a huge draw for tourists but conservationists are worried about increasing traffic levels and the possibility of damage to the roots of the trees.

During peak holiday times, there have been traffic jams on the small country road.

However, from the end of this month, cars and buses are to be banned from a section of the road.