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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  • We went to lots of wind and light rain at the bridge. The way to bridge is approximately 1km long. It is well fortified and has a stone staircase (slippery in the rain). The bridge rocks very wind. It is not suitable for small children or anyone with a fear of heights. Unfortunately, the observation deck was locked on the small island. The admission cost £8 (before two years £4,5) for transitioning my opinion way too much. Unfortunately, we are likely to make no pictures on the bridge. Working with have asked us to leave the bridge quickly and to climb stairs to friends again. All in all can you save the entry in my opinion and only to observation deck on the Mainland walk (1 km with good block on the bridge and island).
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  • It is spectacular to walk across that bridge with similar views over the cliffs and the sea. It takes about 1 hour or hour and a half walk to the bridge, pass it back and forth and back to the parking area. This is really very good
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  • The rope bridge at Carrick a Rede continues to be a challenging and entertaining attraction. It is a good walk from the car park to the bridge and some places are sheltered and others can be very blus...  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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