Cross a precarious rope bridge in Ireland

When I was a child, there was a swinging bridge near my grandparent's house, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. That old bridge lost a few planks over the years, so that you peered through at the stream gurgling below your feet, but that made it even more fun. Sadly, it's gone now, but my love of swinging bridges lives on. 🙂

Ireland, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge - I can hear it calling my name!

You can imagine how happy I was to read about the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede, in a recent post over on Eurotriptips. This is definitely right up my alley - a cool bridge indeed!

The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Ireland Rope bridge from the mainland to a tiny island

This rope bridge is in County Antrim, in Northern Ireland. When you cross the bridge out to a tiny island, it dangles you almost 100 feet over the rocky waters below.

Salmon fishermen used to use this bridge, and if you visited here in the 1970s, you would have found a precarious bridge indeed, with large gaps between the footboards. Ah, memories of my youth, except this one could have been deadly!

Today, the salmon are gone, and so are the fishermen. Nowadays, the people crossing the bridge are tourists, and it's been rebuilt into a sturdier version.

Of coure, "sturdy" is relative, when it's a rope bridge we're talking about. It still looks pretty cool to me!

Find out more at:
Eurotriptips: Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
Wikipedia: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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PHOTO CREDITS:  Horizontal - Zhi Yong Lee, Vertical - llee_wu

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