Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a 2.6 kilometer out and back trail located near Ballycastle, Antrim, Northern Ireland that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

2.6 km
115 m
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips




An exhilarating coastal path and rope bridge experience from the cliffs to the rocky island, with stunning views of Rathlin and the Scottish Isles, as well as a noisy seabird colony. Please note that National Trust entrance pricing applies for this walk. From the car park, the route to the rope bridge passes by an information hut (where a small pedestrian charge is levied) keep good care of your ticket, as you will need this as proof to cross the rope bridge. Along the coastal path to the bridge, you will notice flower-rich meadow grasslands on the cliff slopes and occasional grazing cattle. All along the coastal path, the views of Rathlin Island and the Scottish Isles are breathtaking the Mull of Kintyre is the closest part of Scotland and most visible, just beyond Rathlin. And immediately below the path, in crystal clear sea water there is often a good chance of spotting porpoises or dolphins (even a basking shark in summer is a possibility). As you start the steep descent to the island and rope bridge, the noisy seabird colony will become more and more audible by the step. Guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars are the main breeding bird species (bird guidebooks and binoculars are available for hire). You will know you are nearing the bridge, as there is usually a line of patient tourists waiting to crosssome nervously. Occasionally, if wind speed records exceed the recommended safety limits, the bridge has to be closed, and with a 30 metre chasm to cross the site wardens have the final say! Having negotiated the rope bridge safely, the island can be explored via marked paths (visitors are reminded to observe the signs and take responsibility for their own actions). On fully exploring the island those nervous visitors have to once again build up their confidence for the return leg. Again waiting times are usually in place to cross back over. The return to the car park is by way of the same route or a short circular detour which links back to the main path.

20 days ago

Fantastic walk, bridge is amazing

7 months ago

Lovely path with a beautiful view of Scotland if you catch a nice day.

7 months ago

Rope bridge is fun and the island is beautiful. A lot of tourists - go early.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Loved this walk. Wasn't much of a hike except once into the island past the rope bridge there were some rocks to climb. But nonetheless an amazing place to wonder and explore. Some amazing panoramic views! So much to take in!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

This path along the water was breathtaking. It's a fairly easy hike, very doable. It is mostly riddled with tourists but we'll worth the views overlooking the water and rope bridge.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A beautiful scenic walk along the Antrim Coast and an exciting crossing of the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Highly recommend if you're in the area--one of my favorite parts of my trip to Northern Ireland.

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