Famous Rope Bridge

Before we found ourselves walking over the Giant's Causeway, we dropping in on the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below.

The coastal winds were blowing in from the Atlantic tossing the bridge back and forth with some force. We were advised that it would not be safe to cross over today. So a group of us stood by and watched the swaying bridge, secretly thankful not to have to make the walk.

The coastline and views were spectacular though and the walk along the cliffs to the bridge is well worth the drive out to this secluded shore.

Driving out to Ballintoy you will pass by the ruins of the castle Carrickfergus. A Norman castle situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland. For more than 800 years, Carrickfergus Castle has been an imposing monument on the Northern Ireland landscape whether approached by land, sea or air. The castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

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