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.
Of course, Carrick-a-Rede also boasts an exhilarating rope bridge experience. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge!
The rope bridge originally consisted of a single rope hand rail which has been replaced by a two hand railed bridge by the National Trust. Once you reach Carrick Island, the reward is seeing the diverse birdlife and an uninterrupted view across to Rathlin Island and Scotland. There is only one way off the island - back across the swinging bridge! Don't look down!
• One of Northern Ireland's best-loved attractions
• Rocky island connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge
• Exhilarating coastal path experience
• Stunning views of Rathlin and Scottish islands
• Site of Special Scientific Interest: unique geology, flora and fauna
• Fantastic bird-watching
• Guided tours by arrangement for groups of 15+ people
• Viewing platform suitable for visitors with disabilities
• Dogs not permitted to cross bridge
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Opening times:Bridge open, weather permitting:
Our opening times for 2015 are:
1 January – 22 February 09:30 – 15:30
23 February – 24 May 09:30 – 18:00
30 March – 12 April 09:30 – 19:30 (Easter)
25 May – 30 August 09:30 – 19:30
31 Aug – 25 October 09:30 – 18:00
26 Oct – 31 December 09:30 – 15:30
Final access to Rope Bridge is 45 mins before closing time.
Closed 24th, 25th & 26th December.
Location / Directions
Train: Services from Belfast or Londonderry to Coleraine.
Bus: Causeway Rambler (Ulsterbus No. 376) Bushmills to Carrick-a-Rede runs in the summer; or Ulsterbus No. 252 is a circular route via the Antrim Glens from Belfast. Both stop at Carrick-a-Rede.
Car: On B15, 7 miles from Bushmills, 5 miles from Ballycastle.
Drive time: Belfast 1.15 hours; Giant's Causeway 10 minutes.
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite
- Gift Shop
- Guided Tours Available
- Accept Groups/Coach Parties
- Picnic Area
- Euro Accepted
- Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
- Parking Available
- Baby Changing facilities
- Family Discount
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