On our Giant’s Causeway walk, you will visit many outstanding natural, cultural and historical sites and attractions. One of these is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge – a humble bridge that has become famous around the world.
The History of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge was first established in 1755 and was designed to connect Carrick-a-Rede Island to the mainland. The sole building on the island is a fisherman’s cottage and in its early days, the bridge was used by salmon fishermen.
The bridge spans 20 metres and is suspended almost 30 metres above the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, providing an exhilarating passage across the sea to the safety of Carrick-a-Rede Island. Certainly not one for the faint-hearted, the crossing is a chance to surrender yourself to the mercy of the elements and experience a truly unique view of the dramatic Antrim coastline.
Tourism and Carrick-a-Rede
Nowadays, things are a little different, as the small island is dominated by crowds of tourists all waiting for their chance to cross the rope bridge. The appeal of Carrick-a-Rede largely comes from its dramatic views and the stunning landscape it is nestled in. With scenery such as this, a rope bridge seems like the perfect finishing touch, adding to the overall effect.
Carrick-a-Rede bridge itself is currently managed by the National Trust, and the cost of your ticket helps the Trust to maintain and manage the bridge, visitor centre and surrounding area. Please note that your Causeway tour ticket does not include a ticket for the Carrick-a-Rede crossing – this can be purchased separately at an additional cost.
If just the thought of the crossing makes you feel a bit queasy, rest assured, as there are plenty of other things to do on this stop of the Giant’s Causeway walk. Take a short walk along this stretch of coastline and take in the awe-inspiring scenery – just don’t forget your camera! There is also a visitor centre and café on site, perfect for relaxing with a hot drink while you admire the picturesque views.
The Game of Thrones Effect
Game of Thrones fans may also like to pay a visit to Larrybane Quarry, a former chalk quarry that was used as the filming location for Renly Baratheon’s camp in season two. Accessible via a breath-taking coastal walk, the journey is well worth it if you have time.
Do you dare to make the crossing? Check out the other stops on our renowned Giant’s Causeway tour, departing daily from Belfast, and book your spot on the tour today!