Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope suspension bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, swings high above the waves, linking the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede along the dramatic Giant’s Causeway coast.
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge construction once consisted of a single rope hand rail and widely spaced slats which the fishermen would traverse across with salmon caught off the island. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by a two hand railed bridge, the current caged bridge was installed by the National Trust during Easter of 2000 as a further safety measure.
Although no-one has ever been injured falling off the old bridge, there have been many instances of visitors being unable to face the return walk back across the bridge, resulting in them being taken off the island by boat.
It was originally a seasonal working bridge for fishermen, since the demise of salmon fishing along the northcoast,the bridge is nowadays used and marketed as a tourist attraction.
Not for those scarred of heights, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge hangs some 30 metres above steep cliffs and crashing waves, spanning some 20 metres to the stack cliff of Carrick-a-Rede. This name translates to “the rock in the road”, the road being the sea route by which salmon migrate back to their home waters.
The bridge is just 16km away from Northern Ireland ‘s famous World Heritage Site the Giant’s Causeway and the fabulous stretch of coastline running along this part of North Antrim boasts tall chalk cliffs, spectacular sandy beaches and rewarding walks with views across to Scotland in a beautifully scenic Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI).
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