Carriick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: An unusual visitor experience in Northern Ireland
This evening, I am focusing on Carrick-a- Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland.
This famous attraction is located on the northern tip of Ireland, to the east of the Giant’s Causeway and close to the village of Ballintoy. A short distance north is Rathlin Island, a nature reserve.
The Rope Bridge was originally constructed by and for local fisherman in context of their netting of Atlantic Salmon. However, the fishing industry here is no longer active and the salmon are a protected species.
The Bridge is now owned by heritage organisation, the National Trust and is extremely popular with visitors. When numbers are high a queuing system is operated to ensure safe passage across the Bridge.
To reach the Bridge entails an approximately 10 minute walk along a cliff trail with a section of steps. After completing the crossing visitors are required to turn around and return (across the Bridge).
At entrance to the site there is parking, bathroom facilities and refreshments although the latter can be overwhelmed when a tour bus arrives. Best to plan to arrive early and avoid the crowds.
Here is a video clip-