Carrick-A Rede means "Rock In The Road." The road is the sea route for Atlantic salmon on their westward journey past Carrick Island. For over 350 years, fisherman have strung a rope bridge 80 feet above the sea to allow them to access the best places to catch the migrating salmon. Crossed regularly by local fisherman, the bridge now presents a challenge to thousands of visitors each year who come to enjoy the same views and high thrills.
The path from the reception area is one kilometer.
We approach the rope bridge area and see it for the first time! The bridge is made of planks strung between wires, and hangs over a 65 foot chasm.
My husband walks over it first -- it wobbles and twists as soon as you step onto it! Only about 8 people are allowed on the bridge at any time, and it's not a place you'd want to linger that long on, as safe ground is calling on the other side
Some views of Carrick Island:
Rathlin Island and Scotland are in the distance.
It was quite windy on Carrick Island as you can see by my wild tresses.
We explored the whole island and enjoyed it's peacefulness and views.
It's time to return to the bus, so we have to make the trip back over the rope bridge. Our guide told us that some people actually can not face walking back over the bridge, and have to be taken off the island by boat!
The wind really picked up when we were on the bridge going back! I was holding on for dear life!
I still can't believe we walked over this!
A final distant view of Carrick-A-Rede.
Next blog entry we'll continue along the Antrim coast and visit the world's oldest whiskey distillery.