On our trip to Ireland my buddy and myself visited the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Over 350 years ago local fishermen were going across to the island to fish for salmon. In 1755, the first rope bridge was installed to allow the locals to go across to fish without relying on boats in the weather.
It was a nice hike and the rope bridge was a fun experience. The views were amazing and it made for some excellent photography as shown below.
Trail to Carrick-a-Rede (Source – Robert Brown)
Ruins across from Carrick-a-Rede (Source – Robert Brown)
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge from distance (Source – Robert Brown)
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (Source – Robert Brown)
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (source – Robert Brown)
On my initial trip through New Brunswick with my friend James we went out of our way to see the longest covered bridge in the world. It connects Hartland to Somerville, New Brunswick across the Saint John River for 1282 feet. It was built in 1921-22. It was referred to as a “kissing bridge” as young couples would stop halfway to steal a kiss before continuing the rest of the way across. This actually caused controversy with local church groups. A side walkway was added in 1945. It is a National Historic Site.
There is also a small gift shop and monument on the edge of the river on the Hartland side.
After we got to see the covered bridge we headed back across the bridge and over the main highway to another attraction that was the reason we had gotten off the highway in the first place. The Covered Bridge Potato Chip began producing chips in 2009, though the family has been growing potatos since the 1920’s.
The potato chip factory had a neat little tour set up where there are videos on the potato production history in New Brunswick and a chance to see the chips actually being made. As you pass by the production line the guide actually grabs you a bag of hot chips right off the end of the line. Back in the store they have different toppings to try on the chips. We each bought a few bags to take back with us, including lobster flavoured chips..and red and whites. That was 4 years ago and not long after I began seeing them for sale in ontario as well, which has been handy.