Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
Linking the miniscule island of Carrick-a-Rede with the Northern Irish mainland, there has been a rope bridge here ever since 1775. It was first built by local salmon fishermen and, although these days, the focus is very much on tourism, crossing from one side to the other remains the same exhilarating experience it has always been.
Today’s rope bridge isn’t the original, of course, but to step out onto the unstable platform and make the passage from one side to the other is still a courageous feat.
It’s 66 feet from end to end, the narrow bridge hanging 100 feet above the sharp rocks and the wild seas below, and it’s always a great relief to make it across in one piece. Feeling brave enough to tackle the void? Just remember that you’ll have to cross again in order to return to the mainland as no other route is available.