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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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Carrick-a-Rede is a small island at the very top of Northern Ireland, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. The famous rope bridge connects the mainland and Carrick-a-Rede, allowing visitors to walk from one cliff to the other.

The island itself is home to one single building, which is a fisherman’s cottage.

Suspended almost 30 metres (100 feet) in the air, above the sea, the bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755. It is now operated by the National Trust and a ranger is always on site to allow people across safely.

For a scenic walk, you could take on the Carrick-a-Rede coastal walk, which takes you from nearby village Ballintoy all the way to the island. It takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour to cover the 1.6km (1mile) distance.

Will you look down as you cross the rope bridge?

You can walk the coastline for free, but there is an entrance fee to cross the bridge. It is recommended that you pre-book for a specific time in advance to avoid disappointment.

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