We stumbled along a little hidden gem on the way to the coast in the small fishing town of Ballintoy called The Red Door. What struck me the most about it was how they had boats parked in the car park, and they looked completely at ease as if this is exactly where they should be.
Ballintoy, meaning ‘the northern townland’ is famous for its quaint little harbour and pristine shores along with its collection of country houses and pubs. Further down the road is Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge meaning ‘rock of the casting’. The bridge itself is 98ft high over a terrain of rocks and the Atlantic Ocean and at 20 metres in length is definitely not for those with a fear of heights or of a nervous disposition.
On a steep mountain side, metal steps descend onto the bridge which gives you merely two planks, mesh and a rope to carry you safely to the other side. Once on the island of Carrickarede itself you can enjoy stunning views of Rathlin Island and Scotland and take in the outstanding scenery and views.
The cost of this trip is £5.60 from start to finish and is approximately 1.6 miles long. Please be aware that the earth is uneven and on a cliff edge. Part of which is built into the rocks so would only be suitable for those with good mobility.
I used to come here as a child on family trips but I never fully appreciated the beauty of it. From the hidden caves in the volcanic plug to the desolate little cottage build right on the edge of the rocks. I had forgotten how being a tourist in my own country could be so awe inspiring.