Imagine it … about a hundred feet below you, heavy waves are crashing onto jagged rocks. Seabirds swoop at you. The wind is high. The only way forward is to walk across a fragile rope bridge swaying in front of you. The walk won’t be a long one, less than seventy feet but…

You’re looking at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the coast of Northern Ireland. The scenery is astonishing. The bridge though, is terrifying.

How long has there been a rope bridge here and why? Where does it lead?

The bridge connects the mainland to a small, uninhabited island. In times gone by, fishermen would cross the bridge to the island so that they would be undisturbed as they followed their trade and made their living. It’s thought that these fishermen erected the original rope bridge hundreds of years ago.

Today, tourists can visit the area and, if they’re brave enough, cross the bridge.

It’s said that it’s perfectly safe … watch the video below. Would you cross?


Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Ireland

National Trust – Carrick-a-Rede,
119a Whitepark Rd,
Ballycastle BT54 6LS,




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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