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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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Published January 17th 2019
Don't look down
The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, in County Antrim, is a suspension bridge that spans a 30-metre high chasm above the ocean. The bridge originally was constructed by fishermen in the mid-18th century in order to reach the island of Carrick (where a fisherman's cottage still remains). The original bridge was constructed of a single rope hand-rail and wooden boards with irregular gaping spaces between them.

Now under the ownership of the National Trust and used for tourism, the bridge is much sturdier; however, it still swings and bounces in the strong ocean winds. Hold tightly and cross carefully.

A few people are allowed to cross the bridge at a time and the walk is only about 20 metres. If you are not put off by a swinging rope bridge above a chasm, the middle point of the bridge provides for beautiful views across the ocean and surrounding cliffs. On my visit, the sun was shining and Scotland was visible across the water.

Carrick Island and rope bridge in the distance

Carrick Island

Coastal path

After you cross the bridge, you can explore the coastal views and features of Carrick Island. The path off the island is over the rope bridge again. The coastal walk around the bridge is also worth exploring on a nice day.
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When: Rope Bridge: 9.30-15.30 (consult website for dates); Coastal Path: dawn to dusk
Phone: 02820733335
Where: County Antrim
Cost: Adult: 9.00; Child: 4.50
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