September 17th, 2003 – by: Aditu
The walk to Carrick-a-Rede.
We headed out for another day on the Atrim coast and the first stop was the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The bridge used to consist of 1 rope as a hand rail and wood slats every couple of feet and was used by fisherman when salmon fishing was still prevelant off the coast. It was updated in 2000 and now consists of 2 rope hand rails and slats every couple of inches. It was fascinating to look at and although you know it's safe it's still daunting especially when there's a gust of wind. We spent a good deal of time there just walking around the island and taking tons of pictures. While we were there I saw these white cliffs and what looked like huge caves over by where I thought the visitors center was. I decided that I wanted to check it out and see what the bridge looked like from over there.
I'm a sucker for signs.
Sure enough when we got back to the visitor's center I found a path that lead down to the beach. Well, it wasn't a beach really it was an old quarry. Let me just say that although Kerry calls me the billygoat I am not always the most coordinated person around and at 1 point I actually had to look for foot and hand holds to get down the last part to the beach/nonbeach area. I did make it eventually and got to see the rope bridge from the base of the cliffs. There were also big caves cut into the rocks and there must be landslides often cause there were huge boulders laying everywhere. It was then that I noticed the "warning sea lions in this area are infected with distemper" sign, and that made me very sad. It didn't seem like I had been gone that long but evidently it was over an hour and I found Leann and Kerry waiting patiently in the gift shop. It wasn't until later that night that I learned that a ship had gotten lost in the fog off of the Bay of Larrybane in the early part of the century and had sunk there.