December 17, 2007
Carrick-a-rede rope bridge is one of the popular tourist destinations in Northern Ireland. It’s on the beautiful Antrim coast of NI. You can get there by either one of the tour buses from Belfast and even from Dublin, or by driving yourself. Either way, you’ll be treated with gorgeous view of the Antrim coast.
When you are at Carrick-a-rede rope bridge center, you get off a car and go through a park gate, where you pay the entrance fee. From there, you walk along the coast line for a while to the rope bridge. The path is not paved and pretty steep in some areas. Near the bridge, you’ll get in a line and wait for your turn to go down the wooden radder and then go across the bridge.
The bridge hangs about 80 feet (25 m) above the sear, and moves (shakes and wobbles) very much as people walk across. It can be very scary when the wind blows. I was fine until I happened to see the sea below my feet. (You can see the sea between the wood panels you step on.)
When you go across this Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, you’ll be on a small island, which is about 65 feet wide. When I was there the first time, the wind was blowing so strong that I worried that we may be blown off the cliff. When I was there the second time, the weather was so calm, and I got to enjoy the view, flowers, birds, etc. You can see Scotland from there, too!
When you are ready to go back, you have to go across the rope bridge again, and walk back to the car park. When you go through the park gate again, stop by the station and ask for the certificate. They’ll issue you a certificate of crossing the bridge, which makes a good souvenir to yourself.
Carrick-a-rede rope bridge: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-carrickarede/