Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755


Things to see and do 


What's on 

Fisherman's Cottage at Carrick-a-Rede
The fisherman's cottage at Carrick-a-Rede. National Trust / Art Ward

Fishery Open Weekends - a glimpse at life for Carrick-a-Rede's fishermen

Discover the rich history of Carrick-a-Rede, where fishermen first erected a bridge in 1755 - then a single hand-rope bridge to access the island, known as the 'Rock in the Road' (Carraig a' Ráid). The island sat in the migrating path of salmon as they searched for the river in which they were born; as such Carrick-a-Rede Island was a prime spot for fishing until as recently as 2002.


Eating and shopping

A Carrick-a-Rede mug by Tracy Beattie
A Carrick-a-Rede mug by Tracy Beattie of Crafty Coast National Trust / Jennifer Michael

Treat yourself 

After a bracing coastal walk - and braving the rope bridge - you'll have worked up an appetite for a delicious treat in our Weighbridge Café. Don't forget to browse the gift section for a souvenir - the majority of our gifts and souvenirs are crafted by artists or producers from the UK or Ireland.





Visitors crossing the rope bridge with the sea in the background
Take the rope bridge challenge National Trust Images / Rod Edwards

The perfect place to bring your group 

We have a wealth of things for groups to see and do on visits here, as well as exciting special interest tours.