The Hamilton Road

The Hamilton Road dates back to 1928, when the British commissioned New Zealand engineer Archibald Hamilton to build a road from Erbil up through the Zagros mountains to the Iranian border. This had previously been considered to be an impossible task.

A journey along the Hamilton Road passes through the dramatic landscapes of the Gali Ali Beg canyon. Waterfalls provide much needed respite from the dust and heat, as well as an opportunity for selling refreshments and souvenirs. Many colourfully dressed Iranians travel over the border to enjoy the holiday atmosphere.