Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy on the northern coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The bridge itself is approximately 20 m long and stands about 30 m above the rocks below. The land is owned by the Natural Trust and there is a fee to cross - more than £5 per person. We visited as part of a tour with Irish Day Tours and it was included with the price of the tour. The cost is a little steep, but crossing the bridge and the views from Carrick-a-Rede island were very nice. There is no charge just to walk along the Causeway Coastal footpath, so you could walk right up to the bridge for free if you don't want to pay. You'll still get the nice views, but can't cross the bridge. Originally, the bridge was used by fishermen to catch salmon and was taken down each winter. Overfishing led to a steep drop in the salmon population and now is used solely as a tourist attraction. From the island and footpath, you can see Rathlin Island and Scotland in the distance. There are also great views of Larry Bane Head and Bay looking west towards the parking lot. There was once a quarry in these beautiful white cliffs. Looking south, you can see Portaneevey Cliffs, which have several sea caves in their base. Lots of beautiful views!
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