Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy

Sway between two cliffs faces 30 m (98 ft) above the rocks and water on Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Fishermen once used it during the salmon runs, but currently the National Trust manages it as a tourist attraction. Over 247,000 visitors walk across the bridge every year to the island of Carrickarede, an Irish word meaning "rock of the casting," for the views over the sea below and the land behind. You must pay a small fee to cross the bridge, but once you pay you're on your own. The money goes toward upkeep and preservation. To visit Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and other attractions in Ballintoy, use our Ballintoy road trip planning website .
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  • I loved this place. The scenery is dramatic and beautiful and the rope bridge is well controlled and safe. The fishing hut on the other side is cute too! The walk down to the bridge and back up was a ...  more »
  • The area is accessible and well maintained, with ample parking. It is well advertised so expect a crowd. We were there at the end of October and there were still three buses in the lot. If you're at a...  more »
  • This is a stunning part of the Northern Ireland coastline. There is no entry charge for National Trust members. Would recommend getting your tickets as soon as you get there, then you can see if you h...  more »
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  • Amazing experience walking on the rope bridge. Spectacular views. Just amazing. Put it in your travel itinerary and you won’t be disappointed. The walk up to the rope bridge is a little long but it’s a beautiful walk as well. Worth every step. It’s amazing to see how the fishermen caught fish at this place. Remember to dress properly as it can and probably will get cold.
  • Beautiful views. Make sure to take good walking shoes and use the bathroom before you make it to the rope bridge because it is a long walk back. It is well worth the trip across the bridge. It was a clear day and we could see Scotland. Bathrooms are at the parking area and you can purchase drinks and there is a small selection of souvenirs.
  • Great time, all aspects of the visit we enjoyable. If you have issues walking be aware that you need to walk about 1/2 mile from the parking lot to the bridge. Also try to go during non peak hours because if not there will be a lot of traffic at the bridge. We went early morning and there was a line of about 20 people waiting to cross. Luckily the scenery is so amazing you almost don't mind the wait times.
  • This stop on the Coastal Causeway affords incredible views to the east and west, as well as visibility to Scotland on a clear day. The hike to the bridge includes a fairly steep hill, which they have added stairs to in some stretches. There are benches for resting along the way. We saw a number of elderly walkers and even a woman with a cane, so it is manageable. It's about a kilometer hike from the parking. As a popular spot, the queue to cross the bridge in either direction can get quite long. We had to wait about 15 minutes each way. The crossing isn't all that exciting, to be honest; I probably wouldn't do it again for the price. But worth doing once.
  • A wonderful experience, not for the faint hearted! Quite a walk to get to it which includes quite a lot of steps. You can go and look at it (without crossing it) free of charge but you do need a ticket to cross the bridge, tickets are currently £8 each, or free with The National Trust membership. In my mind well worth doing. . . Especially so you have the bragging rights to say that you've done it!
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