Last Tuesday morning three of us visited Carrick-A-Rede, otherwise known as the Rope or Wobbly Bridge on the Antrim coast. Carrick-A-Rede is from the Gaelic and means the ‘rock in the road’ – the ‘road’ being the sea route for migrating Atlantic salmon. For over 350 years fishermen have strung a rope from the mainland across to the tiny island of Carrick to give them access to the best spot for catching the migrating salmon. Today it is owned and managed by the National Trust and is a major tourist attraction.

The walk to the bridge is just over half a mile and is set in stunning scenery – in the background you can see Raithlin Island and in the far distance you can just make out Arran and the Mull of Kintyre.

carrick-a-redeAlthough you can’t see all these features in the photograph we could see them from the cliffs

carrick-a-rede-3Marcus and Ado survey the rope bridge from a very windy cliff top

carrick-a-rede-5Successfully across – it was much more tricky than it looks!

carrick-a-rede-4The cave on Carrick Island

carrick-a-rede-1The view down to Fair Head

carrick-a-rede-2The view back to Larrybane disused limestone quarry

A must visit place if you ever visit Northern Island

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