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On the Ropes

By Linda Tancs

How far will you go for a fantastic cliffside view?  Across a wobbly rope bridge closing a 98-foot deep and 65-foot wide chasm?  If your answer is yes, then Carrick-a-Rede island in Northern Ireland is for you.  The rope bridge to the island was erected by salmon fisherman to check their salmon nets during the industry’s heyday in the area.  Along with uninterrupted views of Rathlin Island and Scotland, you’ll no doubt encounter fulmars, kittywakes, guillemots and razorbills that breed on the islands close to the bridge.  The area is rife with geological formations, flora and fauna, earning it a citation as an “Area of Special Scientific Interest.”

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