The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is not to be missed when in Northern Ireland. The narrow rope bridge spans 20 meters and is suspended 30 meters above the Irish Sea. The views are like no other, with huge cliffs on either side, the Irish Sea that goes on into the skyline and the turquoise water below.
The bridge is connects the mainland to the Carrick-a-Rede Island, home to just a single building; a fisherman's cottage. It's believed the bridge was first constructed by fishermen 350 years ago. Of course, it's appearance was much different than it is today. The bridge is just a short drive to the Giants Causeway, and walking distance to the quaint village of Ballintoy. The National Trust site is a popular spot for tourists, which is why I highly recommend getting there early. It's best to arrive anytime before 10:30 a.m. to avoid lines or crowds. Also, it is important to be set aside about 2 hours. When we went in June 2017, we arrived at about 10:45 and had to wait until 11:15 to cross the bridge. Check their website ahead of time as trips across the bridge are weather permitting. It's a 20 minute coastal walk to get to the bridge, and even longer if you decide to keep going!