Arriving at the bridge at Carrick-a-Rede as part of a Paddywagon tour group meant we were never going to capture this location without someone else in the way of the shot. We could have hung back and waited for the tour group to move along, back to the bus, but John, our driver had already warned his passengers that anyone late would have to sing a little song, and we didn’t think that was fair. We would already have kept everyone back as it is.
Carrick-a-Rede is a famous rope bridge in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland. To be honest I can’t think of too many famous rope bridges but the place is worth a stop, especially when combined with a visit to the not-too-far away Giant’s Causeway.
The views are good and one has to admire the salmon fishermen who walked across the 30 metre deep and 20 metre wide chasm when there was only one handrail and gaps in the slats. Fishermen have built rope bridges here for centuries – to get at the prime fishing spot on the speck of an island that is Carrickarede, where once 300 fish a day could be pulled out of the drink – but the latest crossing is a studier and safer way to get to the island.