The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a wonderful suspension bridge off the coast of Northern Ireland. It is 20 meters long and hangs 30 meters above the rocks and sea. This bridge is not for the faint-hearted. Several hikers already took the way there but did not dare to return. They had to be taken across by boat.

This suspension bridge was built more than three centuries ago by salmon fishermen. They used the island for fishing. The fishermen made a rope bridge, which was very wobbly in bad weather. And the salty air quickly made the bridge unsafe. Even now you can see fishermen using the bridge.

An impression of the rope bridge.
An impression of the rope bridge.

The current bridge is now made of steel. In the year 2000 it was hanged with the help of local climbers and abseilers. The bridge is popular with tourists. Here you have a beautiful view of the sea and you can often see Scotland in the north. You can also see the Sheep Island, also known as the sheep island. While you can also see Rathlin Island.

Hiking at Carrick-a-Rede

This area is wonderful for hiking. Where you can see the rugged coast from various sides. To get to the bridge you have to walk about 400 meters along the coast. What a wonderful hike. When you have crossed the bridge you can continue on the island. Until you reach the rocks and the sea.

The rope bridge Carrick-a-Rede.
The rope bridge Carrick-a-Rede.

How do I get to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge?

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is easy to reach. The rocks with the special bridge are located at Ballintoy in the County of Antrim. Keep in mind that it can get busy here. And then you walk across the bridge in a column. Get out early so that you are ahead of most people. And you can fully enjoy this place.