A Challenging Cross over Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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If you want to reach the Carrick-a-Rede Island, then crossing a suspense bridge to the cliff top is a must. This bridge is erected by salmon fishermen and traverse on the 30 meter deep and 20 meter wide chasm. The original purpose for building this bridge was to cast off the salmon nets. However, after decades of swimming to their death, the fisherman are getting smart and went elsewhere to continue their business, thus leaves bridge today a famous tourists area, and the place continue draw visitors attention simply due to the fantastic views and adventurous crossing.

The entrance fee was around $5 each. I expected to be afraid of heights. After all the bridge spans over rocks, islands and crashing waves below. I can hear the splash of the currents right underneath my feet. Realize the risk of being tumbling over the side, I started to look around… the unrivaled coastal scenery, and the people who are walking in front of me. They are Italian couples, I don’t know them but they started looking back at me at the same time. They waited for me on the end of the bridge. Feel encouraged and motivated, I put my fear away and started to shift my focus on the breathtaking natural scenery.

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The crossing was definitely worth it. My reward was seeing the diverse birdlife and uninterrupted view across to Rathlin Island and Scotland. The cliff is not fenced. I had a crazy idea of getting way to close to the edge of the cliff which is opposed to the advice from our tour guide. Of course, I did not toppling off a cliff, but enjoyed exceptional views instead.

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The stunning view made me have no intention to off the island. So when I standing on the edge, I had a crazy wish – I wish the time to be frozen at the moment because I do not know when I will be able to visit this kind of spectacular place again.

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The reality is that I do not own a magic power. So when the time is up, I carefully walked back to the bridge, and got onto the mainland. There is only one way to return to the mainland-back across the rope bridge. However, this time I was not scared and did not look down.

On the bus heading back to Dublin, I started to realize that many destinations I have visited so far are once-in-a lifetime experience. So I need to cherish every place I am going to visit, because I do not know if it would be the last time I have ever been to these places, especially the one that is world-class but takes time and effort to reach such as Carrick-a-Rede Island.

Julie Cao

Julie Cao is a travel blogger, travel writer, and global citizen currently living in Toronto Ontario.

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