Carrick-a-rede and Larrybane

Carrick-a-rede and Larrybane

Famous for its rope bridge, (unique in Ireland) – which connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island.

The island until recently was an active salmon fishery, with an old fisherman’s bothy, old ropes, and nets still visible.

Now a major visitor attraction offering an exhilarating coastal path and rope bridge experience from the cliffs to the rocky island, with stunning views of Rathlin and the Scottish Isles, as well as a noisy seabird colony.

On route to the island, the grassy slopes and rocky outcrops are awash with colour in late spring/summer (the site is an Area of Special Scientific Interest), on the basis of its flora and unique geology – being at the centre of an ancient volcano.


Accessible parking
Mobility parking spaces.
Accessible toilets

Opening Hours

Car park, tea-room and coastal path open all year.

Rope Bridge open weather permitting.

Last entry to bridge 45 minutes before closing.

Opening times vary seasonally check website:




National Trust entrance charges apply (free to National Trust members). See the website for details:

Be aware that Carrick-a-rede operates a timed ticket system.


Free Parking.

Getting There


By road
on B15, 7 miles east of Bushmills, 5 miles west of Ballycastle. Giant's Causeway 7 miles

By bus
Ulsterbus 172 from Coleraine, Ulsterbus 252 and 256 from Belfast
By cycle
NCN93, 5 miles
Cycle route information 

On foot
on North Antrim Coastal Path and road, 7 miles from Giant's Causeway, ½ mile from Ballintoy village and 1½ miles from Ballintoy Church on Harbour Road


Walk Trails

Linear, 0.7 (One Way) miles

Carrick-a-Rede. Coastal cliff scenery & an exhilarating rope bridge experience.

Cycling Routes

Circular, 35 miles

Ballycastle. Ballycastle to the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills.


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