Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy

Sway between two cliffs faces 30 m (98 ft) above the rocks and water on Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. 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. To visit Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and other attractions in Ballintoy, use our Ballintoy road trip planning website .
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  • An amazing walking experience with outstanding landscapes. This is not a place for those with medical issues, but if you are in relatively good health- Have at it!  more »
  • Go early. That is the best advice I could give. It is like a conveyor belt of people walking to and from the bridge from the NT car park. It is not dreadfully high in itself the bridge. It is a little...  more »
  • We stayed in the beautiful town of Ballintoy and were fortunate to access the bridge on a sunny day. We were able to get tickets for the last crossing and spent the time before our allocated time a lo...  more »
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  • Takes a while to get there - give yourself 20 minutes from the gatehouse to the actual bridge (and 20 minutes back of course). There'll be large crowds and you'll have to wait to go over, and then wait to come back. While the bridge itself is pretty short the views of the cliffs and coastline around you is amazing, and you can see across to the mull of Kintyre. There's set times for ticket holders so if you just miss and entrance time, be prepared to wait around for 10 minutes or so. There's benches and a little shop to kill the time.
  • I'm genuinely terrified of heights so holding my camera on the bridge on the way over was a no no but I managed to pluck up the courage for a shot on the way back. It is only a short walk to the bridge place and once you've crossed it the island is so peaceful and tranquil, just off in the distance is Rathlin Island and on a clear day you can even make out the coast of what I believe to be the island of Islay. (Not 100% sure on that). The wildlife on the cliffs is spectacular for any bird enthusiasts. The mainland before the rope bridge is also very good for walking dogs although I don't think you'd be allowed to take one across the bridge. (It would also be rather cruel). I would recommend this very highly to anyone nearby as it really is a stunning location.
  • I would rate this as the most amazing place in northern Ireland. It's not to be missed at any cost. Last ticket is sold at 05:15. So arrive on time. Keep aside 2-3 hours of the day. U have a good 1km walk to reach the final bridge. But it's worth it. On the way back take the route that's uphill. U get better view of the bridge. A good selfie point.
  • The rope bridge fits one/two people at a time, so the flow of people is carefully organized. Be prepared to spend a good half hour each way if you want to cross it. For GoT fans, you'll recognize it as an infamous bridge in the Iron Islands.
  • Went on a day when the bridge was closed due to wind right when it opened and actually had a lovely experience. The walk to the bridge itself is beautiful, and they don't charge you for it or the parking if the bridge is closed.

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