Every spring, the salmon fishermen along the Antrim coast near Ballintoy, Northern Ireland, put up a long, narrow bridge. It stretches between the limestone mainland and a small rocky island of Carrick. The bridge usually comes down in late October, early November, marking the end of another season. Its original purpose was to help the salmon fishermen with their catch. Over the years, however, with the decline in salmon fishing, the bridge has become a tourist attraction
The bridge is not for the faint of heart. It is a 66 to 67 foot (20 meters) long rope bridge. It suspends some 80 feet (30 meters) high over the coastal rocky outthrust and the water. In a wind, it swings back and forth. The current cage structure replaced the former two-handed rail bridge in 2000. It helps visitors safely make the voyage there and back. Why go through the scary process of crossing to the island? The views are magnificent. You can see Raithlin Island, Scotland and, if you dare to look down, a series of caves used to provide shelter for boats.
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