Don’t look down! The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge hangs high above the water and is open to the elements. 100 feet high and 70 feet wide, crossing it is an adventure. Originally used by salmon fishermen, the rope bridge links the mainland to a tiny island called Carrickarede (meaning ‘rock of the casting’).
How do you access Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge bridge?
As you cross the bridge, enjoy the stunning coastal views of Rathlin Island and even as far as Scotland. Admire the unique and beautiful view of the Northern Irish coastline and, if you think you’re brave enough to look down, take in the view of the rocks and caverns below you. Constructed of planks and wires, don’t be alarmed if the bridge moves slightly as you cross it!
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Origins
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, coming from the Scottish Gaelic ‘Carraig-a-Rade’ (meaning “The Rock in the Road”) was originally built by fishermen around 250 years ago to reduce their reliance on using a boat to reach the island. In the 19th century, there were more than 80 fishers on the island, catching up to 300 salmon a day. Due to over-fishing and river pollution, the number of salmon drastically declined, and the last fish was caught at Carrick-a-Rede in 2002.
- The bridge is free to view, however, if you plan to make the crossing, there is a small fee.
- Dress appropriately; even in the summer it can be very windy, so wrap up warm!
- The attraction is very popular, so be prepared to wait for your turn.