Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge is one of Northern Ireland’s most loved tourist attractions. The name translates to ‘Rock In The Road’, the rock being Carrick-A-Rede island and the road being the route by which the salmon migrate back to their native waters.
Not for those scared of heights, the swinging bridge spans a chasm of rocks, 30m-deep and 20m-wide chasm and was originally erected by salmon fishermen during the spring and summer months. The original bridge had only a single hand rail, and widely spaced slats, and although there have been no recorded incidents of anyone being injured during a fall from the bridge, many people have been unable to make the crossing back and have had to be taken off the island by boat.
The bridge has thankfully been updated and improved upon, and in 2000 The National Trust installed a new caged structure as a further safety measure.
Even those who are of a nervous disposition, (myself included) will agree that a trip across the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge is well worth the effort. The views of Rathlin and the Scottish islands are breathtaking. And to lie on top of the small hilly island, looking out to sea, on a sunny summers day is an experience not be missed.
Carrick -A- Rede Rope Bridge is located on the famous North Antrim Coast road between Ballycastle and Balintoy. It is only nine miles away from the Giants Causeway and around ten miles from Dunluce Castle.