National Trust - Carrick-a-Rede, Ballintoy

Sway between two cliffs faces 30 m (98 ft) above the rocks and water on National Trust - Carrick-a-Rede. 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 National Trust - Carrick-a-Rede and other attractions in Ballintoy, use our Ballintoy road trip planning website .
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  • An amazing walking experience with outstanding landscapes. This is not a place for those with medical issues, but if you are in relatively good health- Have at it!  more »
  • Go early. That is the best advice I could give. It is like a conveyor belt of people walking to and from the bridge from the NT car park. It is not dreadfully high in itself the bridge. It is a little...  more »
  • We stayed in the beautiful town of Ballintoy and were fortunate to access the bridge on a sunny day. We were able to get tickets for the last crossing and spent the time before our allocated time a lo...  more »
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  • It's a beautiful location. The bridge isn't nearly as long as it appears in the pictures, but we were allotted a few seconds to stand on the bridge and take a few pictures, then urged to move along, since there was a queue going both directions. We didn't have a ton of time on the bridge, but they managed the group of people through well. Views are amazing from the other side of the bridge, and while standing on the bridge. It's definitely worth doing if you made it this far! :)
  • The views were well worth the 1km walk, the bridge is not for the faint of heart but worth the crossing. As the sky was gray and cloudy when we went here I'd imagine the views will look even more stunning on a clear sunny day. Not to be missed when your in Belfast.
  • The walk up to the rope bridge is a great 2km walk all the while offering some breathtaking views of the astounding Atlantic Ocean. The rope bridge itself is interesting and an experience although not as adventurous adrenalin filled as advertised. However, great selfie opportunity on the bridge and ofcourse even better views.
  • Great (scary) bridge to a nice little island. The signs say its a half mile hike, but It feels a lot longer than that. Narrow stairs but great views of the water.
  • A rope bridge that the fisherman built to bring the fish from a small island. The walk to the bridge has 180 steps, if that's a concern. Then you have to wait to cross the bridge (very narrow, one way). The island itself is cute.

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