The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge links the mainland of County Antrim with the tiny Island of Carrickarede and is six miles east of the world famous Giant’s Causeway. Stretching 20 metres across a 30 metre deep chasm this suspension bridges is not for the fainthearted but for those brave enough to cross it, the scenery is spectacular.
Salmon fishermen have been building rope bridges at this spot for around 350 years. Sadly, the Salmon stocks have dwindled away but the bridge has become a major tourist attraction and is now maintained by the National Trust.
There have been many different bridges but the most recent one was erected in 2008 and is the most substantial. The year after it was raised around 250,000 visitors crossed to Carrickarede which is said to mean “rock of the casting’. There are footpaths around the island as well as a fisherman’s hut. At the base of the island are a number of large caves said to have been used for boat building and shelter. On a clear day the views of Rathlin Island and Scotland are spectacular. It has been classed as an ‘Area of Special Scientific Interest’. It is open all year.
Delamont Country Park
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Downpatrick Road, Killyleagh
Co Down, Northern Ireland, BT30 9TZ
+44 (0)28 448 21833
- Address: 119a Whitepark Road, Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, BT54 6LS
- GPS: 55.23953889,-6.332502778
- Phone: 0044 (0)28 2076 9839
- Part of UK: Northern Ireland
- Sat Nav Postcode: BT54 6LS
- Entrance Fees: Yes
- Disabled Access: Limited
- Visibility from Road: None