Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – Ballintoy

A short coastal footpath leads to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. On the way, there are wonderful vantage points to stop and take in the natural beauty. The geology, flora and fauna have won Carrick-a-Rede recognition as an area of special scientific interest. Fulmars, kittywakes, guillemots and razorbills breed on the islands close to the rope bridge. Traditionally fishermen built the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. The rope bridge originally consisted of a single rope hand rail which has been replaced by a two hand railed bridge. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge!