2 May 2019

Monkeying Around with Go Ape

The other half and I had a child free day to ourselves last weekend so we popped along to Go Ape for a bit of fun in the tree tops. We headed up to Aberfoyle near Stirling which is Scotland’s first Tree Top Challenge. This high ropes course is situated in the stunning scenery of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. I’ve been to Go Ape a few times before, one was team building with work, but that was years ago. It was nice to go back and try it out again and see if I could take the leap of faith, like Tarzan, into the giant net!

Go Ape in Aberfoyle is definitely a zip wire lovers paradise. It is one of the best high rope courses in Scotland (not forgetting the other Scottish courses near Aberdeen and Edinburgh!) and is home to two of the longest zips in the UK. You'll fly the distance of around four football pitches (over 400 metres!) at heights of up to 46 metres above the ground. It really is something you have to experience first hand. I know swinging from the trees might not be everyone’s ideal child free activity but it was actually so much fun. I always think it’s a great bonding experience as you have a good laugh and a good chat as you’re working your way through the different challenges as they present themselves.

There are a few restrictions you’ll need to take note of before you book yourself in though. You must be a minimum age of 10, over 1.4 metres in height (4ft 7”) and weigh no more than 20.5 stone. Children aged 10-15 years must be supervised by an adult 18+ years. Children of 16 and 17 are allowed to supervise themselves. If you are taking kids between 10-15 years it’s one adult to two children in this age bracket. All of these details are on the website for you to look over which is very handy.

As well as the lovely zip wires there is of course the aerial obstacles and crossings through the trees. You can pick which routes you wish to tackle with handy difficulty ratings on each one which are easy to identify. We tried to go for the most difficult routes to challenge ourselves but it was good to know that if we got tired there were easier routes too. We loved jumping into the big net near the end of the course. A lot of people avoided this though because it does feel like you're falling. As long as you've done everything from the safety briefing you'll be totally fine. It was a strange but lovely feeling when you get over the fear!

Do be prepared for Go Ape before you turn up on the day by wearing sensible footwear which is sturdy and suitable for outdoors. I wore trainers which was fine as it was dry. If it was a bit rainy I would have been better with walking type shoes. Also wear sensible clothes and ones you don’t mind getting dirty. When you land from a few of the zip wires you will fall into the wood bark and you will get dirty. If you have long hair tie it back and it’s probably a good idea to wear gloves as your hands can get a wee bit sore grabbing at all the ropes.

The hubby and I really did have lots of fun though. It was brilliant laughing at each other as we tried to cross the different obstacles ha ha. It’s £33 for an adult and £25 for a child however if you book far enough in advanced there’s always a wee discount or two online for you to take advantage of. Well worth a look anyway. It was a really good fun day out and my muscles were aching afterwards. The course can take between 2-3 hours but take your time and move at your own pace going round. It’s nice to stop and take it all in sometimes.

I was gifted this experience in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

1 comments on "Monkeying Around with Go Ape"

Susan Mann on 3 May 2019 at 11:39 said...

That looks a lot of fun x

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