NORTHERN IRELAND – Only 12km away from the famous Giant’s Causaway, you can test your stress level regarding heights. A short coastal footpath leads to Carrick-a-Rede (from the Irish Carraig a’ Ráid, meaning rock of the casting) rope bridge. Even if you are afraid of heights, the place is worth a visit.
On the way, there are wonderful viewing points to stop at and take in the natural beauty. The geology, flora and fauna have won Carrick-a-Rede recognition as an area of special scientific interest. Fulmars, kittywakes, guillemots and razorbills breed on the islands close to the rope bridge.
Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island about 350 years ago, over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today people come here simply to take the rope bridge challenge! Of course, Carrick-a-Rede boasts an exhilarating rope bridge experience.
The bridge originally consisted of a single rope hand rail which has been replaced by a two hand railed bridge. Even if you are full of doubts, you can be sure, it’s fully secure (up to 10 tonnes, you won’t want to try all that anyway).
Once you reach Carrick Island, the reward is seeing the diverse birdlife and an uninterrupted view across to Rathlin Island and Scotland. The view onto the Irish coast is simply stunning. The water is of an amazingly blue-green colour. When you look down the cliffs, you can see large caves that once served as home to boat builders and a safe resting place from winter storms.
If it was hard for you to cross the bridge, here is the bad news: there is only one way off the island – back across the swinging bridge! Don’t look down!
The bridge is open all year, but it might be closed due to strong winds. Check here for current information!
Open: every day 10:00-18:00
Admission: Adult 5,50 GBP, Child 2,90 GBP