Tuesday, 24 March 2015


I revisited Ulster's legendary rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede, near Ballintoy, County Antrim, on the 22nd March, 2015.

I shall also recall the visit since I lost a dental crown at the car-park whilst chewing a fruit pastille!

The rope bridge is indeed a mecca for tourists and travellers alike.

The bridge is made from planks between cables and robust rope handrails.

Salmon fishermen crossed from the cliffs - a sea chasm of 100 feet - to their fishery cottage on Carrick Island.

The bridge was formerly assembled in May and dismantled in September, though it now opens for longer.

Incidentally, the cottage opens to visitors on the weekend of the 9-10th May and the 13-14th June, from 1-4pm, in 2015.

On the island the fishing boats were hoisted and lowered by derricks.
Ballintoy and Carrick-a-Rede were granted to Archibald Stewart in 1625 by Randal, 1st Earl of Antrim, for the annual rent of £9. This grant included Sheep Island and the isle of Portcampbell.
The National Trust acquired 56 acres of the property in 1967 from Frank Gailey and Iris Bushell.
The prospect is truly spectacular.

The Weighbridge Tearoom serves delightful light lunches and refreshments: I enjoyed a nutritious bowl of piping-hot leek & potato soup with a thick slice of fresh Ulster wheaten bread.

Incidentally, the tearoom also provides free BT wifi.

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