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Walking across Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
UK

A panorama taken from the middle of the famous rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede, on County Antrim's gloriously unspoilt north coast.


The rope bridge here is one of a series of well-loved tourist attractions along the "Causeway Coast", situated as it is just a few miles east of the world famous Giant's Causeway. Combining stunning views with a certain frisson of excitement and risk, it's highly popular. Many thousands of visitors to the National Trust-managed site traverse the rope bridge every year, high above the crashing waves and swirling currents which separate the rocky islet from the cliffs of the coast.

A rope bridge has been present on the site for hundreds of years: it was originally set in place to allow seasonal access for salmon fishermen. The island, a small volcanic plug, sits next to a fishing ground which was a major source of employment. You can still see the small, recently-restored fisherman's cottage on the island.

Growing up in Northern Ireland, this was one of the key destinations to bring visitors I first crossed the bridge in 1990 as a gangly, fearless teenager, when it felt considerably less solid than it does now. At that time it was a seasonal attraction: however this iteration of the bridge, installed in 2008, is open all year round (weather permitting, of course). 

I hadn't intended to shoot a pano of the bridge until we pulled up at the nearby carpark; however with such wonderful weather and smaller crowds – as we were visiting midweek and out of high season – meant I brought my pole & pano head along after all. I don't have a great head for heights so I waited my turn to cross, quickly stopping in the middle and shooting the photos needed for this while looking resolutely straight ahead and trying not to get distracted. I only got to admire the view of the chasm below once I was safely back on terra firma, stitching this together from the comfort of my home!

Since capturing this view I've found various panoramas shot around the bridge, including on 360 Cities, but think this may be the first shot on (or indeed a couple of metres above) the bridge itself. Hope you enjoy the view!

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Copyright: Joby catto
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Uploaded: 21/10/2013
Updated: 28/03/2014
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Tags: bridge; ropebridge; suspension; coastline; coast; sea; afternoon; national trust; tourism; fishing; ireland
  • Gil Abadines 8 months ago
    Beautiful !!! ... On a side note - I wonder how shaky is that bridge when you're taking this pano .... you're probably very used to heights -
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