CARRICK-A-REDE. Near the
village of Ballintoy, is the basaltic crag of Carrick-a-Rede--the
Rock in the Road--with a flying bridge over a chasm more than eighty
feet deep, connecting it with the mainland.
The island is two and a half acres in extent, on which
is a small cottage built as a fishing station. The bridge consists
of two ropes or cables fastened to rings in the rock on either side,
and a guide rope running parallel, and a boarded footpath.
Over this women and children pass, carrying great
loads, but to the inexperienced its crossing is a dangerous feat.
The rock derives its chief interest from its being a fishing station
for salmon, that annually coast along the shore in search of rivers
to deposit their spawn.
Their passage is intercepted by the rock, and the
fish secured in the sweep of the nets. The rock is much frequented
by tourists, attracted by the novelty of the feat of crossing the