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Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
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. Make Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge part of your personalized Ballintoy itinerary using our Ballintoy tourist route planner.
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  • The walk to the bridge and the bridge itself are very cool. The views from the bridge and the height are a pleasant surprise. There were way too many people so it felt a bit rushed and crammed. Also f...  read more »
  • Essential although the visit is paid (5.90 pounds) we have had the chance to do this attraction under a beautiful Sun, so we could enjoy the beautiful view on the ocean and the rocks and cliffs. The bridge, however, is fast enough to cross (positive point for the fearful!).
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  • The scenery is magnificant. To get to the bridge it is a bit of a walk and I would recommend good shoes as well as layers as it can be quite windy. It was fun walking over the bridge and the view on t...  read more »
  • The walk to the bridge is along the coast with lots of lovely scenery. The bridge itself is is not so amazing, nor is the island it provides access to. However, my 10-year-old was very impressed with himself with crossing the bridge and thus very much enjoyed it - since I consider the entire family in my reviews, I see that as a very valid point to give this rather simple attraction four stars. If, however, you are a seasoned world traveller, prepare to be underwhelmed. If you enjoy a pleasant walk with views of the sea, you should enjoy yourself.
  • This was almost the last place on our itinerary of our tour of Northern Ireland and was right after we visited Giant's Causeway. We were able to find parking quite easily and we attribute that to the fact that we got there towards the later part of the day (was about 4:30 ish in the evening). There is an entrance fee of £6 per adult and involves a 15 minute hike (wheelchair access in only upto a certain point). The hike itself is not too strenuous and the view along is enjoyable. Once you get to where the bridge actually starts, there could be a wait for as long as 20 minutes. While we were there, after a while of waiting, my Partner started getting frustrated and began to insist that we head back and that the bridge walk was nothing much really and wouldnt excite me at all (I am an adventurous person and very into adventure sports)!! But, having come that far, I really wanted to stay on and experience the walk across the bridge. And finally, our time did come. And let me tell you, the 4* is not for the bridge walk itself, but the view of the cliffs and the hidden caves on either side and the different colors of the water that you get to see. They bridge is only about a 20 mts long (if that) and is not very scary or anything but you can look below and see the really blue color of the water reflecting the white sand underneath and once you get to the other side you get a magnificent view of the cliffs and the hidden caves. This for me definitely made the wait and the hike worth it and I definitely enjoyed it and recommend it way more than Giant's Causeway.
  • The best views of ireland. You need to cross the bridge and go till the end to see the cliffs, the sea, scotland and a lot more. Definitely recommend.
  • You can't had to Northern Ireland without making a stop at the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. A truly unique experience. Try to head there off his when the are less tourists so you can have more time and space to yourself.
  • Lovely place. Nature at its best. It was raining when I visited so the viewpoints were too slippery. So better be careful.
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