A Wobbly Bridge To Carrick-A-Rede

Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

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The rain and the mist had cleared, and we had a perfect view of the tiny volcanic island. The only thing that stood between us and Carrick-a-Rede was the rope bridge. A wobby construction of planks and wires, 60 foot across, and 100 foot above the sea below.

In fact, it was much less fearful than it looked. The bridge is closed when the wind is too fierce, and only a few people are allowed to cross at a time. We took our place cautiously on the first plank and walked across slowly, clutching the ropes on either side as the bridge wobbled from side to side.

People walking across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
Only a few people are allowed onto the bridge at a time

It was not always like this. There has been a bridge here for centuries, built by fishermen so that they could get to the island to check their salmon nets. In those days there was only one handrope, and the fishermen clambered across regardless of rain or wind.

Small volcanic islands stretching into the sea
The volcanic islands of Carrick-a-Rede

Flora And Fauna Of Carrick-A-Rede

Today’s visitors are more likely to be interested in the birds and plants than in salmon nets. The island was covered with wild flowers – clover, plantain, creeping buttercups, field scabious and kidney vetch. Birds were flying everywhere, sitting on the water, and nesting in the cliffs. We spotted kittiwakes, guillemot, razorbills, diving gannets and of course lots of gulls.

There are supposedly also sharks, dolphins and porpoises in the waters here, although we did not see them. (Although we had seen cetaceans – possibly pilot whales – further along the coast a day or two earlier.)

Bird sitting on the side of a cliff covered with flowers
Carrick-a-Rede is a great place to spot birds and flowers

It had been so misty that I had not realised that you could see Scotland from the northern coast of Ireland. From Carrick-a-Rede we had a remarkably good view of the Mull of Kintyre and Arran, and of a lighthouse winking on the headland.

People standing on a clifftop at Carrick-a-Rede
Looking across to Scotland

Visiting Carrick-A-Rede

Carrick-a-Rede is on the Causeway Coastal Route. You could combine your visit with other places one the Northern Irish coast such as the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle.


1 thought on “A Wobbly Bridge To Carrick-A-Rede”

  1. So cool!!! I cannot figure out why I've never been to Ireland, Scotland, and England yet. I think it might be because my family has so it's never next on their list. I'm gonna have to put my foot down and drag someone with me!

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