National Trusts Carrick-a-Rede

Take the exhilarating rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island and enjoy a truly clifftop experience. This 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge traditionally erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views

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  • Fantastic birdwatching and unrivalled coastal scenery.
  • Uninterrupted views of Rathlin and the Scottish islands.
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest: unique geology, flora and fauna.

For those burgeoning adventurists in your family, head on out to National Trust site Carrick-a-Rede in Ballintoy for a day on the daring rope bridge. Be forewarned, a holiday to this amazing locale is not for the faint of heart!

Here you will find yourself suspended, but of course done so wholly safely and securely, above the crashing waves below. The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in fact spans between two craggy cliffs among North Ireland’s coast and while you bravely set one foot in front of the other you will be made witness to the splendours of this shoreline paradise.

Although the white capped waves and golden sands are nothing short of entrancing, anyone who enjoys bird watching will be delighted in the immense shore birds flocking the region.

At this unique National Trust destination, the kids will catch their thrills and the adults will find the encompassing beauty ideal for those precious photo opportunities. And you can even head to the fauna and flora to brush up on a little geology lesson as well!

This Carrick-a-Rede bridge is quite the popular tourist sight so you will want to make sure you plan accordingly as there are only allowed a maximum of eight people traversing at any given time. The bridge will be opening up again from 28 February until 24 of May each and every day of the week from 10 am to 6 pm.

So once you have a hardy pair of walking boots and the adventurous spirit to match you are sure to be met with a winning day!
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  • Just over a year ago my husband and I visited the famous carrick-a-rede rope bridge. He was brave enough to go across but alas I was not, but I watched from a good view point and filmed his crossing. The sound of seabirds was everywhere and the sea crashed on the rocks below. I felt as if we where on a film set, it was absolutley stunning. I recommend a visit but you have to have a head for heights. Well worth going!

  • Totally agree with Christine!
    Schedule an about an hour of of your north coast visit to experience this bridge, it’s spectacular. Be extra brave and look down to see the waves crash against the rocks under your feet, you’ll never forget it!
    Once you cross that bridge the little island (or stack in geological terms!) is so peaceful and you feel a little removed from the world.
    You can visit Carrick-a-Rede en route to the Giants Causeway, the coastal bus takes you in the summer. Two perfect attractions in one amazing day!

  • I went there years ago…amazing scenery, but I was far too scared to cross the bridge!

  • Not a trip for the faint-hearted (or anyone who’s been watching Indiana Jones films). If you can get across the bridge, it’s very rewarding.Don’t pick a windy day though!

  • You have really whetted my appetite to pay a visit to this amazing looking place! Hope I’ll be brave enough to cross the bridge!

  • Sometime soon I would like to visit and cross bridge but Im so afraid I might get across and be too afraid to come back! Can you stay the night? He He!

  • Don’t look down! I don’t have a particularly good head for heights and was a little nervous (OK, a lot nervous) crossing the bridge but it was definitely worth it. We went in June, and the flowers on the island were beautiful – I counted at least 20 varieties. We also had a real bird’s eye view of the gulls, cormorants and other bird species.

  • I could have sat and gazed out across the sea from Carrick-a-Rede forever.

  • It was more scary to cross years ago before the health and safety lot got onto it!

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