Carrack A Rede Rope Bridge

Rope Bridge Northern Ireland

If you're planning to explore the Causeway Coastal Route your itinerary will need to include a stop at Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.

Constructed of planks and wires suspended 100 feet in the air, the ‘rope bridge' crosses the 60 foot chasm between mainland Northern Ireland to the small fishing island of Carrick-a-Rede.

Salmon fishermen have been building bridges to the island for over 350 years. It has taken many forms over the years, In the 1970s it had only one handrail and large gaps between the slats, which was an improvement from the very early days, as seen below.

The bridge today however is much safer and one of the most scenic locations anywhere on the island of Ireland.

Upon crossing the rope bridge you will clearly see the fishermans hut and on a good day stunning sea views looking back at the mainland, not to mention over the sea in all directions. A firm favourite for selfies and capturing that perfect moment.

Tips For Your Visit

Be prepared for a 20 minute walk from the carpark to the down to the bridge, wearing Comfortable footwear is advisable.

Old Photo Carrick A Rede

The bridge before it became a tourist attraction took a bit more courage and risk to cross, as seen by a brave worker sometime in the early 1900s. Would you have crossed back then ? - "Not a chance".

Rope Bridge Northern Ireland

- Rope Bridge Facts -

The distance between Belfast and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is 48 miles. The road distance is 58.8 miles. The Game of Thrones tour and daily Giants Causeway tours visit here and return to Belfast 7 days a week.

The daily Giant's Causeway tour and Game of Thrones tour from Belfast both arrive between 12:30 and 1:30pm 7 days per week. We have tickets for sale on the coach at cost price, however you can book your tickets in advance for your tour date on the National Trust website.

The current price for Adults is £10 per person, and Children 5-17 years £5. Please note if you are a National Trust member crossing is free, however you will still need to book in advance.

Prices correct as of 9th March 2020

7 Days per week - 9:30am–5pm.

Please note last crossings will take place 45 minutes before closing time.

Its a good 20 minute walk from the car park to the bridge, but this depends on how long you want to spend enjoying the views on the way down.

The famous bridge ultimately belongs to the people of Northern Ireland, however it is managed and maintained by the National Trust.

As one of the top attractions on the Causeway Coast, the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge is crossed by thousands of visitors every year. Sturdy, safe and spanning 20 metres. The famous bridge does close on windy days to ensure the safety of visitors.

The current bridge has been in place since 2008. The original bridges date back to the mid 1700s where it was built by local Salmon fisher men.

From Irish: Carraig a' Ráid, meaning "rock of the casting" - Island of Carrickarede

The stunning bridge never appeared in the hit show, however the bottom car park known as larrybane Quarry was used as Renly's camp in the second series.

The walk from the car park takes 5 minutes each way and is free to visit.