Saturday, 9 April 2016

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Along the North Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland is one of the most scenic areas in the whole of Ireland - really beautiful!

A slow paced drive is recommended, taking your time to enjoy the Coastal Route and its tremendous views, stopping along the way to enjoy the scenery, countryside and local towns.

Walking across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
Nearby is Ballintoy harbour and Ballintoy church. 

Views along the walk from the car park to the Carrick-a-Red Rope Bridge.

Things to note:

It costs money to park in the carpark. This money goes to the National Trust and is going to a good cause.  If you're a National Trust member, car parking is free (last time I was there). Food/drink is limited at this location.

Top Tips:
  • Take a picnic with you and enjoy your lunch on the island across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Relax and enjoy the scenery.
  • Keep a close watch on children as there are high cliffs and it's often windy. 
  • Enjoy other nearby sites on the same day such as Ballintoy Harbour for a walk on the small beach, and/or the Giant's Causeway which is one of Northern Ireland's most popular tourist attractions and is a World Heritage Site.
  • It can be extremely windy at these sites, so take appropriate clothing. Appropriate footwear for walking is also recommended.
  • The weather can change suddenly so always be prepared for rain.
Managing Expectations:

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is mostly about the views and scenery. The walk isn't easy if you're unfit.  There is a small cafe beside the carpark and toilets. Last time I was there, the cafe offered a very limited selection of food - try a cup of tea or coffee,  cake or scone.
Ballintoy Harbour is, again, about the scenery. Park the car, and take a walk. We took kites and flew them on a little beach to the right of the main beech. Very relaxing. Limited amenities in this area.
The Giant's Causeway costs money to enter the Visitor Centre Building which also means you have to pay to go into the restaurant/cafe (unless this has now changed). However, you can access the walk to the Giant's Cause free of charge - just go around the back of the building. The use of toilets is free. If you have mobility restrictions, there is a bus that will take you down to the main Giant's Causeway area (cost is a few Pounds Stirling).


If you don't have a car, there is a regular bus that goes from Belfast (and many other towns) to the North Antrim Coast. There are also plenty of tour companies that offer day tours. (Paddy Wagon, Causeway Coast Tour, McComb's Coach Travel).

More info:

Click here to view the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge website.
Click here to view the Giant's Causeway website.
click here for information on Ballintoy.
Click here for information on buses.

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  1. Hello Kelli, I'm taking a look at your new blog... The advice about being prepared for adverse and changeable weather made me smile! Presumably this is aimed at foreign visitors, because everyone who lives in Ireland would KNOW that it's going to rain! :)

  2. Good point Mark! Hope you enjoy my new blog. Maybe you and Jane will visit Ireland and visit some of the sites and gardens this side of the sea. (Weather is certainly a talking point in this country!)