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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. Make National Trust - Carrick-a-Rede part of your personalized Ballintoy itinerary using our Ballintoy tourist route planner.
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We were on a day trip to this stop. What a vista. However, the walk was not easy for all of us. It was a warm day. Three in our group were able to cross the bridge and two of us were unable to cross b... more »
I love the place - is wild and great. I would suggest to check the forecast, it's a great walk for a sunny day but I must assume that it might be taught for a windy and rainy day. The bridge itself is... more »
Arrived late one Saturday afternoon and despite the weather, rain, wind, it was still a great experience and not crowded really. It was misty and mysterious, you could get a real sense of the purpose ... more »
Barbara Orvos Nagy
This must be one of the most beautiful places around the world. Already the walk from the parking lot to the rope bridge is breathtaking, the view is so unbelievably beautiful that you need to sit down for a moment (there are lot of nice benches along the way) just to take it in and realize that you are really there, it is really happening. You feel like being in a different world. Then you arrive to the rope bridge, it is absolutely safe and boosts the adrenaline while walking through it, reaching the small island on the other side. Perfect place to take the most beautiful photos of your life. Suggested duration of stay is at least 2 hours, but it is a great destination for a whole day as well.
It's pretty neat, but to be honest, for what you're paying, you only get to cross a wooden bridge full of tourists, and the bridge isn't that long or that far off the ground... it's barely scary or impressive if you look all the way down as you cross. Yes the views are nice, but you can get as good a view or better in many other places around the coast, either for free or at a cheaper cost (Ballintoy Harbor, Fair Head, etc.). From what I understand, you can walk all the way to the bridge without a ticket, you just can't cross it. I hesitate to give it 3 stars... it's close to 4 stars, but I feel like the wow factor just isn't there.
Fantastic views. Free parking was unexpected but great can walk to the bridge for free but need to buy a ticket to cross it. Toilets were clean. Gift shop was good but expensive, the coffee shop better. It's about a 15 minute walk to the rope bridge with some steps - needs a decent set of shoes and a good coat.
Absolutely stunning! The scenery is unbelievable. Impossibly green hills ending in huge bodies of stone that stare in the rocky abyss bellow, with a 20 metres rope bridge suspended 30 metres above the water extending to a second mass of land with just as impressive rock formations. This place really is beautiful. The rope bridge is fun and makes for a great picture. The whole experience is unforgettable!
Interesting hike and experience. The bridge is a nice crossing. Cool to see the history and the water from here. Great scenic views.
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