Click on title to view photo in large format: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is one of the most popular sites along the Coastal Causeway in Northern Ireland. It was first built 350 years ago by Salmon fishermen, who used it to haul their catch from the Rocky Island to the mainland. Today the bridge attracts thrill-seekers and bird watchers. I wasn’t sure I’d have the courage to cross the 100-foot high swinging bridge, but it wasn’t as difficult as I expected. Not only was I able to stop in mid-bridge and let go of the ropes to pose for a photo, I also managed to look down upon the beautiful turquoise water and sea caves at the base of the jagged volcanic cliffs.
Author’s note: Along with Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was the most stunning of the sites I visited during my luxury day tour of the Coastal Causeway Route with Glenara Elite Travel. Making it even more fabulous was Caroline Redmond, my private guide from North Coast Walking Tours, whose knowledge about and enthusiasm for the beauty of Carrick-a-Rede was positively infectious.