Walk Across At Your Own Risk!
Portaneevey Travel Blog› entry 42 of 49 › view all entries
January 3rd, 2008 – by: TRE69
The basaltic cliffs of Portaneevey gave us an excellent view of Carrick Island and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Carrick-a-Rede (Carraig-a-Rade) means the rock in the road because the island is situated in the migration path of salmon swimming upstream of nearby freshwater rivers to spawn. Joseph explained that Carrick Island used to be an integral part of the the local salmon fishing industry and that the fishermen built the rope bridge for easy access to the island to check their nets.
Today the island has become a tourist attraction because of the seemingly precarious rope suspension bridge spanning 20 meters across a 30 meter deep chasm that links mainland Northern Ireland to Carrick Island. The rope bridge is accessed from a short coastal footpath from the Whitepark Road carpark.
We did not have time to cross the bridge unfortunately because of time constraints. But I am not quite sure I would want to pay the admissions fee JUST to cross the bridge.
Anyways, the skies were beginning to clear up and the views from atop the cliffs were breathtaking. After trying to snap photos of ourselves touching Scotland and Ireland, we boarded the bus again and away we went!
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