The name means ‘rock of the throwing’ (or casting). For in excess of 300 years a rope bridge allowed local fishermen access to Carrick-a-Rede island so that they might throw their nets across the gap and catch salmon.
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Fishing no longer takes place here but the site is a popular visitors’ attraction. The swaying rope bridge, linking a 30 metre deep and 20 metre wide chasm between the mainland and island, has been replaced by one of metal.
It’s a 2km walk from the parking lot to the bridge along the North Antrim coastal path and then down a ladder to walk over to the island. Whether you just walk the path or cross over to the island you will be rewarded with far reaching views over the water and rugged coastline. It’s also a good bird watching site.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
119a Whitepark Rd, Ballintoy
County Antrim, N. Ireland
Seven miles from Giant’s Causeway on B15; .5 mile from Ballintoy village
Public buses stop at the site
Tel. 028 2076 9839
Open: daily; Nov-end Feb, 10.30am-3.30pm; March-end May and Sep-end Oct, 10am-6pm; June-Sep, 10am-7pm; bridge open (weather permitting); car park and North Antrim coastal path always open
National Trust property; tea-room; shop; parking
Photos © by Barbara Ballard