Friday, July 15, 2016

Past POIs - Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge [Ballintoy, Northern Ireland]

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is likely a stop that you will visit when you visit Northern Ireland due to it's popularity and proximity to The Giant's Causeway.


Located in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland, the first rope bridge was built in 1755 by salmon fisherman so that they could cross to Carrick-a-Rede Island instead of relying on boats to do so. Over the years it has gone through many iterations and changes to get to where it is today.


Salmon fishing was really popular and profitable back in the days. Fisherman would catch up to 300 fish a day! However, it declined rapidly and by 2002, only 250 salmon were caught in total from spring to autumn and that's when they stopped fishing here.


The rope bridge itself is almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level, so it isn't for the faint of heart. And just before the rope bridge is a very steep ladder just to get down to the bridge. There are attendants on both ends of the bridge to ensure that the bridge only has a maximum of 8 people at a time for safety.

You can check the official website for details on hours of operation and cost since it is likely to change periodically. It does get roughly 250,000 visitors annually which is pretty impressive. On a clear day, you are supposed to be able to see Scotland from here.

For more information visit the official website at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carrick-a-rede

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!