Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-A-Rede is a famous rope bridge from Northern Ireland that is located near the Ballintoy harbour. It is one of the most visited tourist spot from the country in recent years. This bridge connects to the tiny Carrickarede island with the mainland. There have been always a bridge over there for more than 350 years, and they were in different forms and shapes. The recent one was built during 2008.

Previously the Carrick-A-Rede bridge was free for everyone. But since the recent crowed the bridge was very difficult to access for the tourists for busy queue (i.e. one may stand there for a long period to take selfies!). If anyone wants to see the bridge then they won't need to pay. But if anyone wants to cross the bridge then have to count 7 pound for an adult. You'll be given an hour to cross the bridge. After that the validity of the ticket will be expired.

Summer is the peak time for the tourist. This bridge expects lot of visitors that time compare to the other seasons. Most of the tourists use to come here at after 10am or at afternoon (as the day trip tourist buses start to arrive here after visiting the Giant's Causeway). The bridge opens for the visitors at 9:30am, and the ticket counter uses to open 15 minutes before that. You are expecting a long queue during the peak season.

Started walking beside this lovely coastline.

Anyway, after having a sound sleep last night we had the breakfast from our B&B hotel. We've done the checkout at around 10am to catch the first bus of the day which starts at 10:05am from Ballycastle. We wanted to start even early, but couldn't due to unavailability of the public transport during weekend. The bus cost 3 pound for each and takes around 10 minutes to reach near the bridge (in fact you have to walk for few yards after that). The bus driver would call you when you reach there if you request him.

It was an hour after the high tide.

Lot of tourists have already gathered there by the blessing of their private vehicle, plus the day trip or group trip parties. But it wasn't that much of crowd luckily. We've got our visiting time between 10:30am to 11:30am. It requires a fair amount of walk from the ticket counter to the bridge. And the surrounding area is very picturesque (can be even better during a sunny day) that it would eventually slow you down and cost more time to reach. We've enjoyed that walking. It was the coastline at the left, and the mountain was at the right side. And the sun was trying to get over the mountain to shine with pride.

As we were moving forward the beach underneath the cliff was getting clearer.

Carrick-a-rede bridge is a small one and doesn't look that much of challenging. Till current date no accident ever happened yet. But few times it happened that few people got scared and couldn't able to return back. They were carried back to the mainland by the boat. We've seen a small boat on the island. I guess those poor visitors had taken the service of that boat.

Picture doesn't describe how beautiful it was.

The island is a very tinny one. Also it doesn't have any railing around it. That's why visitors are not allowed to go after a certain point (can say after few meters of crossing). That's why it is packed with visitors there, and everyone is trying to have their own photo there. If anyone is interested to take their own photo then have to wait for a while. And this waiting doesn't last very long fortunately.

View of this side is slightly dark as the sun is on that side.

After visiting the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge we started our coastal walk towards the Giant's causeway. During this walk our next destination was Larrybane Quarry where shooting of the Game of Thrones took place.

A rock under the water is trying to sneak out from the water as the water height is decreasing.

How to Go:

Assuming you are already at Ballycastle. Read this article to know how to reach at Ballycastle. There is a bus (number 402) runs for the coastline in every one hour. First one starts at 10:05am at morning during weekends. It takes around 10 minutes to reach there and cost 3 pound per person.

Note: This bus time schedule for October and during weekend. You may find bus more frequently during summer or working days. Also during weekday you may find other buses (i.e. 172) that goes for other destination but touches the Carric-a-rede rope bridge.

A small island beside the bay.

Where to stay:

Nearest town with all the facilities from Carrick-a-rede rope bridge is Ballycastle. You can find list of hotels from Ballycastle from the link. Most of the tourists like to spend nights at Bushmills as the Giant's causeway is near from there. You can find list of hotels from Bushmills from this link. There are few guest houses available in between the two places. But it would be difficult for you if you do not own a private vehicle with you there (i.e. finding a restaurant nearby).

Entry ticket for the bridge shows the time.

Rathlin island is visible at the far which is famous for Robert Bruce.

Far sight island line is the Rathlin Island that is famous for Robert Bruce.

The walking path is very well maintained and easy to walk.

Another beautiful view from the shoreline.

Beautiful walkway to go to the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge.

Still few more strides needed to reach near the rope bridge.

Looking back for the cliffs.

This bovine group from the farm beside has plenty of healthy grasses to eat.

Beautiful view of the cliff.

Beautiful coast again.

We had to walk the whole coastline to reach here, still few minutes of walking remaining.

Series of these small waves were making a lyrical sound.

Closer look to the cliffs.

Rathlin Island famed again at far sight. Had a plan to go there but couldn't.

Very close to the rope bride. People are standing in queue there.

This bridge takes lot of crowd during morning and afternoon. But the crowd doesn't last very long.

The shape of the grass on the cliff is because of the heavy crosswind.

Almost near to the bridge. We can see it now.

Crossing the Carric-a-rede rope bridge.

View of under the rope bridge.

View of the rope bridge from the other side.

View of the rope bridge.

A nice view after crossing the rope bridge.

This is the channel between the mainland and this mini island.

You can see a white boat there. It is for emergency service I guess.

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.

Carric-A-Rede Rope Bridge.

View of the bridge from far.

You can see the shadow of the hill that is behind us.

The small island where you can go through this bridge.

This article is the continuation after Ballycastle beach. Next destination after this place was Larrybane Quarry.

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge,
City: Ballycastle,
County: Antrim,
Country: Northern Ireland,
GPS Coordinate (55°14'22.3"N 6°19'57.1"W)
List of hotel nearby.

This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog

Sunday, 29 October 2017