The famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is located in Northern Ireland near the Giants Causeway in a place called Ballintoy in County Antrim. This rope bridge spans just over 18 m and links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. This rope bridge is 30 m above the sea and rocks.
A rope bridge is terrifying for a lot of people, and some visitors simply stare at those who dare to walk across, while others just enjoy the stunning natural beauty and fight off the anxiety while not looking down. After talking to a few locals, many say that a lot of people get across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge but have to be rescued by a small boat which takes them back to the mainland.
However, those that are brave enough to look down will be amazed by what you might be able to see. Basking sharks and dolphins take up residence in the dark depths of the North Sea and there is also a wide variety of birds like kittiwakes guillemots and razorbills.
A short coastal footpath leads to the bridge but don’t think that the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is the only thing that is there to see. Along the way, there are plenty of stunning vantage points to stop and take in the breathtaking views. Throughout your journey to the rope bridg, on the rope bridge and off the rope bridge on the other side you are going to be amazed and stunned by the views and the wildlife you will hopefully see.
Thankfully health and safety on this rope bridge has very much improved because in the old days there was only one handrail on this rope bridge and that to me makes it even scarier. So if you do decide to head to the Carrick a rede rope bridge and you’re a little bit nervous about making the crossing then just remember how bad it could really be.