The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was one of my favorite places that I saw when I visited Northern Ireland. The scenery was amazing and I did not expect to find such blue water on the coast of Ireland.
The Rope Bridge has been around for over 200 years in some form and was originally used by fishermen so that they could catch salmon during the summer. It still is used by the fishermen but is also a very popular tourist attraction.
The bridge that is currently there is not 200 years old and is very safe. There is also a bridge monitor to regulate the bridge traffic and make sure that it is safe to cross. If you are scared of heights you might not want to cross but you will be missing some spectacular scenery on the other side. This might even be a good opportunity to face your fears.
To get to the bridge you park at the visitor lot, pay your entrance fee and walk downhill about 30 minutes to get to the bridge. I did it in about 20 minutes because the tour that I was on did not give us enough time. Take into account that it is all uphill on the way back so you will need some extra time.
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is the type of place that you will want to visit when the weather is clear. If it is rainy or foggy you are not going to get to see much and they do close the bridge when the weather is bad.
- Visit the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge website for more information.
- The admission fee for adults is currently £5.60 with discounts given to children and families.
- The bridge is often included in tours to the nearby Giants Causeway that leave from Belfast.
- Bus tours often do not give you enough time so if you want to spend more time there you should drive.
- You can reach the via public bus transportation from Ulster Bus. This method is time consuming so if you are short on time I would use an alternative method.