Just nine miles from where your Giants Causeway Tour takes place you will find that Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, down a 1km winding coastal walk though natural beauty and glorious sites. The rope bridge is on the well-known North Antrin Coast road between Balintoy and Ballycastle and attracts thrill seekers from all around.
The original Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge was erected by fishermen and it was built so they could cast salmon nets over the 23m deep and 20m wide chasm. When the bridge was originally built it had just one single hand rail and the slats to walk on across the rope bridge were widely spaced, making the bridge very dangerous.
Nowadays people come from the Giant Causeway Tour to see the bridge and see if they can complete the rope bridge challenge, as opposed to catching salmon or checking nets.
There are apparently no recorded accidents of anyone falling or becoming injured from the old bridge but some have been trapped at the other end of the bridge and unable to come back so they have had to be collected from the island by boat.
However, the old bridge has been improved upon by The National Trust in 2000 when they installed a new caged structure which was thought of as an additional safety measure to protect tourists.
The current Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge as it stands was opened to the general public during March 2008.
However, even though the bridge is safer the fear is still there and visitors come for the trepidation and exhilaration that the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge offers them.
On the other side of the rope bridge you will find Carrick Island, the reward for bravely crossing the bridge is the diverse birdlife on show and a completely uninterrupted view across Scotland and Rathlin Island.
The down side however, is that once you have seen the views and taken your photos you need to make it back across the rope bridge again to get home.