Back in the days, fisherman used to build bridges connecting the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede to the mainland of Ireland in order to fish for salmon. Today, it’s pretty much a tourist attraction and has also been showcased in the filming of ‘Game of Thrones.’
One thing that I can say about Carrick-a-Rede is that it quite possibly has some of the most brightly colored ocean waters I experienced during all my travels throughout the Emerald Isle.
Located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland right next to the Giant’s Causeway, the rope bridge is accessible (weather permitting) after a bit of a coastal walk through cliffs and greenery. I thought for sure that I would miss the bridge, seeing as the weather was pretty crazy when I was there. Luckily, however, that day ended up being the best weather I had my entire trip!
The bridge sways quite a bit, so if you’re insanely afraid of heights and/or plummeting to an early death you might consider avoiding it. Take my advice though, it is well worth the short walk across; the views from the other side of the mountain are spectacular! On a clear day like the one I had, I was able to see Scotland as well as coastal views for miles. Plus, I made it out alive, so you should, too! (The bridge is actually super sturdy and safe… I’m totally joking about plummeting into the ocean below!)
My time spent here at Carrick-a-Rede was great! I was so fortunate to have such a clear, non-rainy day that allowed my travel group and I to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Northern Ireland!
A HUGE thanks to Shamrocker Adventures for hosting my travels and allowing me to walk across this crazy bridge! I definitely recommend YOU checking them out so you too can experience this!