Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy
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119a Whitepark Road
Ballintoy, Co. Antrim BT54 6LS
Northern Ireland
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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a heart-pounding North Coast attraction. This rope suspension bridge, first erected by fishermen in the mid-1600s, spans a chasm 20 meters wide and 30 meters deep. It links rocky Carrick-a-Rede to the mainland. It's the only way to access the island. Hike the coastal footpath to the swinging bridge. Cross the chasm, there and back. Watch birds on Carrick-a-Rede. Enjoy views of Rathlin and the Scottish isles.
What is a Rope Bridge?
A rope bridge, also called a hanging bridge, is a simple suspension bridge. Rope bridges are used to cross rivers and gorges. They are made of natural materials, such as wood, rope and vines. They are efficient, ecological, and easy to make. The first rope bridges were made by the Mayas and Asian cultures of the Himalayas. The best-known rope bridges were made by the Incas. Rope bridges, like all simple suspension bridges, don't have towers or piers. They are supported at each end by anchors instead. And while a great feat of engineering, the rope bridge has two limitations. They aren't suitable railroads and cars. They sway and twist with wind and walkers.
 
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