Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
Linking the mainland with the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede, there has been a rope bridge here for over 350 years, first strung up by enterprising salmon fishermen, and beckoning the courageous and curious ever since.
The bridge here now is not the original one, of course, dating back to 2000, but although the previous structure was far more frightening — with just one hand rail to grip and large gaps between the slats — that which replaced it still requires great nerve to cross.
The landscape here in County Antrim is stunning, although those crossing the 20-metre span, some 30 metres above the sharp rocks below, don’t tend to look around too much until safe across and back on solid land. It might be a good idea not to look down, and do just remember, once across, you still have to get back to the other side.
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