GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Carrick-a-Rede

2 miles (2.5 km)

This popular coastal walk crosses the famous rope bridge to visit Carrick-a-Rede Island on Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast.
You can start the walk from the car park, just to the north east of Ballintoy. The path then heads east past the beautiful Larrybane Bay, with cliff top views as far as the Scottish Islands. There's also attractive countryside on the other side with lots of wildflowers to look out for on the summer months.
The path then descends on a series of steep steps to the rope bridge below. It was built about 350 years ago and spans 20 metres (66ft) across with a height of 30 metres (98ft). The exciting crossing leads you onto the island where you can follow a path towards the northern end. There's also an old fisherman's cottage which is sometimes open to the public.
After exploring the island following the same path back to the car park.
The area is also great for wildlife with large number of seabirds and the possibility of spotting porpoises or dolphins in the sea below. Look out for guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmarsas you make your way around the site.
To continue your walking on the Causeway Coast head west and explore the magnificent Giant's Causeway. There's some incredible geological rock formations and more great coastal views to enjoy here.

Carrick-a-Rede Postcode

BT54 6LS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Carrick-a-Rede Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Larry Bane Head - geograph.org.uk - 453955

Larry Bane Head

Larrybane Bay, North Antrim - geograph-3560137

Larrybane Bay, North Antrim

Queue for Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 925789

Queue for Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrickarade Island - geograph.org.uk - 460295

Carrickarade Island

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Carrick-a-Rede.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Carrick-a-Rede.mmo (right click - 'Save As')