Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy

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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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  • the rope bridge might still be closed to large tour buses but is definitely open to smaller groups and families. we checked on tickets available the night before and there were more than 40 available....  more
    the rope bridge might still be closed to large tour buses but is definitely open to smaller groups and families. we checked on tickets available the night before and there were more than 40 available....  more »
  • On my plate for years and a definite stop on my itinerary, a beautiful area for a couple hours stopover, a must-do; like to return with my other kids. 
    On my plate for years and a definite stop on my itinerary, a beautiful area for a couple hours stopover, a must-do; like to return with my other kids.  more »
  • Went early morning when there was hardly anyone around and that made the experience even more unique. Bit of a walk from the car park to the bridge. Bridge just a short hop across and gave a good... 
    Went early morning when there was hardly anyone around and that made the experience even more unique. Bit of a walk from the car park to the bridge. Bridge just a short hop across and gave a good...  more »
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  • Incredible experience. Must see attraction when you travel among NI. Tickets can be taken right here without online booking, whatever you like. But it is worth it to walk through the rope bridge on to the island. I felt an incredible joy and excitement!)) Climbed some rocks. But, please, be careful when you jump over the rocks) this can be tricky)) Or you can just find a vista point, open your Thermos with tea, and relax for a while. This part of Northern Ireland has astonishing landscapes.
  • Very well run . Walk was nice to the bridge but a lite hard on my husband who has heart failure . But plenty stops along the way and he made it. . No stress there everyone got a chance to take photos on the bridge you must expect that. Great place enjoyed our visit here.
  • We came on a beautiful day. It is a short and easy walk to the rope bridge that takes 10 - 20 minutes depending on your walking speed. Parking is 5 pounds, tickets are sold separately. Strongly advise to buy tickets online, as you can buy them on site but need to do this via a QR code and there is no signal, and their wifi took 15 minutes to load the page to purchase tickets.
  • Nice experience, proves that the Americans aren't the only ones who can monetize a hike! You can see the bridge itself from a nearby car park, but walking across is it's own thing. We watched two people chicken out, but we had no problem. Views are then great from the old fishing island. Get tickets before getting there. We were told that they were sold out but still got some for later the same day.
  • To have guaranteed parking you must book in advance that way your parking is reserved. There is a 1km walk, with spectacular views over the cliffs, until you reach the rope bridge to the island. There can be queues for crossing the bridge both ways. There are only toilets and refreshments at the car park end. Currently there is no gift shop.

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