Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – The Perfect Photo Spot

Written by Brian Leonard on December 10, 2019

When planning a visit to Northern Ireland, we are sure that the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is on your itinerary.

The rope bridge connected to the cliffs across the Atlantic Ocean brings you to the Carrick-a-Rede Island which is home to a single building – a fisherman’s cottage.

Carrick-a-Rede bridge was first erected by salmon fisherman 350 years ago. It spans 20 meters (66 ft) and is 30 meters (98 ft) above the rocks below. The bridge is mainly a tourist attraction and is owned and maintained by the National Trust.  In 2018, the bridge had 491,947 visitors.

 

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The geology of Carrick a Rede Island is fascinating as it is the best example of a volcanic plug in Northern Ireland. This was a place of violent volcanic activity 60 million years ago and the evidence of this is carved into the stunning landscape.

The walk from the car park to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is approx. 1km during which you can check out the various little outcrops and viewpoints, especially looking back to where you came from – the white cliffs are awesome. A little closer to the bridge, in terms of difficulty, it’s worth flagging the short burst of rocky steps near the beginning – other than that, it’s a gentle stroll along a stone path with a wooden fence to deter anyone from going too close to the cliff edge.

 

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In recent years, the bridge has become a focal point on the Causeway Coastal Route, which winds its way from Belfast to Derry~Londonderry.

However, crossing the bridge still requires serious nerve. If you make it, though, you’ll be rewarded by stunning views across to Rathlin Island and even Scotland. You’ll be sure to have the most Instagrammable pictures to show off coming back from your tour!

As well as that, you’ll be right next to UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway. Take it all in before you step back on the bridge – just make sure you don’t look down!

 

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Thinking of doing the tour, then book with us!

Book your tickets here today and save 10% in December 2019!