Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is located near Ballintoy in County Antrim. The area is well known for its natural beauty and scenery – it’s been recognised as an ‘Area of Special Scientific Interest’ due to the presence of wildlife and plants and the unique geology, specific to this location.
The bridge was erected in 1755 by salmon fisherman and there has been a fantastic preservation project which has restored the salmon fishery at Carrick- a-Rede. The project has conserved and reopened the old fisherman’s cottage and visitors can enjoy this experience, taking a step back in time and learning all about the fishermen and their lives.
You can also enjoy stunning views of Rathlin Island and Scotland and when you walk the trails and tracks, you can appreciate the wide range of plants and wildlife. The area boasts three different types of orchids and other wild flowers can also be found here. In terms of wildlife, dolphins, basking sharks and porpoises are seen in the waters here regularly and seabirds such as kittiwakes and fulmars are thriving. There’s also a huge puffin colony on nearby Rathlin Island.
In spite of the rising numbers of tourists and visitors, the National Trust with their staff and volunteering team have ensured the conservation and protection of this simply stunning setting.