Northern Ireland might be a tiny portion of the earth, but what we lack in size, we certainly make up for in substance. Belfast tours are very popular, and one of our biggest attractions is the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge; named one of the most extreme rope bridges in the world, but we are sure you will agree, it is probably one of the least dangerous ones, too.
If you have ever watched Indiana Jones and thought that the fight scene looked extra dramatic on a rope bridge, you’d be right. While rope bridges were originally used by fishermen and tribes who relied on travel to sell their wares, such as the Inca Tribes; very few are left standing, and those that are, tend to be very poorly maintained.
Some of the worst offenders when it comes to rope bridge safety (albeit ranking highly when it comes to thrill factor), include:
- Astore Valley Rope Bridge, Pakistan – This rope bridge is crudely constructed with little thought towards safety, with uneven pieces of wood and depleting ropes to cling to.
- Kotmale Footbridge, Sri Lanka – This rope bridge styled walkway, high above the Kotmale River is as scary as they come, riddled with holes and damaged wood, all set to collapse; sooner rather than later, is definitely on the agenda.
Rope bridges that aren’t likely to render your life in pieces, but are still exhilarating and breath-taking all at once, include:
- Trift Bridge – Switzerland – This mammoth bridge clocks in at 170m long and over 100m high above the Triftsee Lake; this is one not for the faint-hearted.
- Bamboo Hanging Bridge – Bohol, Philippines – This bridge is made entirely of Bamboo and covers the entire width of the Loboc River. It is, however, spectacular to behold, even though as unsteady as it sounds.
Named as some of the more spectacular rope bridges in the world, these suspension bridges are seemingly light years away from the construction of the aforementioned calamities. However, we’re more interested in rope bridges a little closer to home.
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Country Antrim connects the Carrickarede Island with Ballintoy on the mainland. At 20m long and 30m above the rocks and sea below, crossing the old fisherman’s bridge is a daunting feat for many.
Massive tourist attractions are not always as accessible as this one is, and many of our Belfast tours include a chance to cross the infamous rope bridge. If you’re feeling brave and want to put your mettle to the test, then book your tour now and show us what you’ve got!