The National Trust’s iconic visitor attraction Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is currently closed until further notice. During a routine safety check of the bridge before opening it was identified that the bridge was damaged overnight by an act of vandalism. This is now under investigation by the police.
The National Trust is engaging with structural engineers to assess the damage caused, however as the safety of visitors and staff is of paramount importance, the bridge will remain closed for the foreseeable future until all necessary repairs and structural assessments have been carried out.
Max Bryant, General Manager, North Coast commented, “We were very disappointed to discover that the bridge had been damaged overnight and to have to close it as a result. This closure is very disappointing for visitors and the local economy, as well as for the National Trust, especially leading into what will be an extremely busy weekend.”
The National Trust would like to advise that while the bridge remains closed, the overall site is open and visitors can still come and enjoy the wildlife, coastal walks and take in the stunning views whilst enjoying refreshments in the tearoom.
The National Trust will make a further statement in due course.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this afternoon Councillor William McCandless said “This morning on planning committee site visits I was around the Causeway Coast including Ballycastle and the Glens and I was totally impressed by the visitors I saw enjoying our scenery.
Cyclists were stopping and enjoying the scenery that we have on our doorstep and some mindless people have destroyed an area of beauty and interest.
1.3 million people per year visit Causeway & Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, a natural treasure for our tourism, why would anyone want to carry out such out a wanton act of vandalism?
It is beyond my comprehension why anyone would want to do this and I hope that these people are apprehended who carried this out. I would appeal to anyone with any knowledge of this to come forward and contact the police on 101.”
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