Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim

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The famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on Antrim’s Causeway Coast is not to be missed when visiting this region. The 30 m (98 ft) deep and 20 m (65 ft) wide chasm that separates Carrick-a-Rede Island from the mainland is traversed by an exhilarating rope bridge, traditionally erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross the bridge to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views, especially of Rathlin and the Scottish Islands. The coastal scenery here is impressive – nature lovers will be amazed by its unique geology, flora and fauna. Make sure to wear suitable clothing and footwear. Light Snacks and lunches are available in the tea-room facilities. Strollers are not permitted on the rope bridge.

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge once consisted of a single rope hand rail and widely spaced slats, which the fishermen would traverse across with salmon caught off the island. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by a two hand railed bridge, the current caged bridge was installed by the National Trust in 2000 as a further safety measure.

Although no-one has ever been injured falling off the old bridge, there have been many instances of visitors being unable to face the return walk back across the bridge, resulting in them being taken off the island by boat.

If you are adventurous and would like to see some rare stalagmites, then a walk, difficult in places, along the base of the cliffs towards the rope bridge will bring you to a small cave where these calcite pillars can be found along with native ferns.

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