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Carrick Island and beyond from the Portaneevey clifs
After traversing through the Glens of Antrim, Joseph steered our bus towards the coast. Just outside the town of Ballycastle, we took B15 (Bushmills-Ballycastle Road) northwest bound along the coast. We then proceeded to pull into a carpark in Portaneevey.

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.
Trying to get Scotland and Ireland in the palms of my hands...but failed!
  However, due to the overfishing of wild salmon stocks, the salmon fishing operations have since ceased.

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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The coast of Antrim
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