Sunday, 27 August 2017

Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick A Rede Rope bridge has been on my bucket list for some time - and I was so pleased I got the opportunity to cross it whilst on the Paddywagon tour. Whilst researching which Paddywagon tour to go on, this was on my necessity list. Due to the bad legendary Irish weather, it was uncertain until about an hour before we arrived whether we were able to cross the bridge; even though it was not raining (yet!) there was still the fog to be wary of, and after departing Dublin, we drove through the thickest fog I've ever seen, where you literally just had to keep going forward on the motorway and hope you came out of it the other side and our driver told us that if the fog was at the rope bridge, we would be unable to cross, so even when you book the tour, it is still not guaranteed you'll make it across the bridge! Luckily the fog held off, so we were able to go. When we reached the National Trust site, we parked up and started our walk down to the bridge - I would recommend booking in advance if you are visiting by car/ not on a pre-booked tour because you skip the queue for the ticket office - which was quite long! Then you have about a 15 minute walk down to the bridge, where you get to take in fabulous sea views. When you arrive at the bridge, there is a queue either side, as they let people over, then stop, then back again. There were loads of people taking photos as they crossed, and when you reach the other side, you are literally on the edge of the sea! As you cross the bridge, if it's windy (which it was when I crossed) the bridge feels as if it is bouncing/ being lifted in mid air - luckily the ropes either side made me feel secure!  As I was walking around, I loved looking at the landscape, and even had a teacher moment seeing the beach cove and thinking 'ooo that would make a good story starter' - because I obviously never switch off the teacher brain!  If you've never been to this part of Ireland, definitely go, and cross the bridge - it isn't as scary as it sounds or looks! I'm itching to find more rope bridges to cross now - so if you know any, shout my way!  
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