I’m not going to lie, me and heights don’t have the best relationship. Go Ape was always something I have wanted to try, but wrote off as being too scary. If I don’t like walking over a bridge or a pier, how am I supposed to swing through the forest? As their website states, Go Ape is apparently a good place to get over your fear of heights, though skeptical, I gave it a go. I can confirm that not once did I think I was going to fall to my death.

Before you are even allowed to leave the ground, you are fitted into your harness by a trained instructor. The instructor then talks you through how to use the harness and clips, letting you have a practice run before getting on the real thing. After you leave the practice area, you are fully responsible for your own safety when it comes to working the harness and using it correctly. However, if you are in any trouble, there will always be instructors in each site to help. You are also given and emergency whistle if you are really in trouble, in which case the instructors will drop everything to help you.

Go Ape

How to Get There

Go Ape Aberfoyle is located in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Driving from Glasgow is about an hour, from Edinburgh about an hour and a half. I’m not the most confident driver, and was met with some road closures on the way, so if you aren’t sure of country roads I’d give yourself plenty of travel time in case , like us, you get lost.

If using public transport, you can get the train to Stirling and then a bus out to Aberfoyle and just walk up to the visitor centre where you sign in.

Go Ape

Safety First

Once you arrive you are given a safety leaflet to read over, highlighting all the rules to follow while on the course. When you are happy you understand, you can sign in. That is when you are taken over to the training area to get fitted for your harness and have a go on the practice lines. There are signs on every platform on every course reminding you so always be secured to something. As I said before, once you are on the course, it’s you responsibility to keep yourself safe.

Tree Top Adventure

Go Ape

To begin your Go Ape experience, you have to zip line over 400 metres long, flying 120ft above the ground over ancient tree tops. If that doesn’t get your adrenaline going, I don’t know what will! You are then free to make your way through the five sites at your own pace. Each site has an option of two routes. You can also chose if you want to do the easier or more difficult obstacles in some places.

Go Ape

The course itself takes about 2-3 hours to complete. It is made up of 30 crossings ranging from easy to extreme. Tarzan Swing, Button Crossings, Balance Beams, Log Swings and even a skateboard zip wire! Each site ends with an exhilarating zip wire to the forest floor. I challenge you to try to land on your feet and not flat on your back like I did every time!

Go Ape Go Ape Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable clothing and prepare for all weathers. Footwear must be sturdy with good grip. No heels, sandals or open toe shoes.
  • If midges annoy you, remember this is Scotland. Bring some bug spray to keep them at bay.
  • Any cameras or phones must be either attached to you at all times or in a secure zip pocket. They do not allow bags on the course, so only bring what you need and leave the rest in your car. They do offer some lockers, but these are subject to availability.
  • Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Go Ape is incredibly popular so it’s very possible that if you just rock up on the day, you might not get a spot.
  • Go Ape operates during all weather, so if your worried about it closing for the rain, don’t be! It may actually be a bit more fun if it’s slippery. An extra challenge for you.

Go Ape Go Ape

The end your tree top adventure you zip back across the valley to your starting point on one of the longest zip lines in Scotland at 426 metres. I found this zip to be quite relaxing actually. The view looking out over Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is absolutely stunning. It’s an amazing endΒ to an adrenaline full day. At only Β£33 per adult and Β£25 for kids, I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone!. You can check out their website here if you are interested.

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Go Ape Aberfoyle is an adrenaline full day out. With one of the longest zip wires in Scotland, and 30 tree top crossings to tackle you will not be bored! Go Ape Aberfoyle is an adrenaline full day out. With one of the longest zip wires in Scotland, and 30 tree top crossings to tackle you will not be bored! Go Ape Aberfoyle is an adrenaline full day out. With one of the longest zip wires in Scotland, and 30 tree top crossings to tackle you will not be bored!

Go Ape Aberfoyle invited me along to try their course but, as always, all opinions are my own.

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38 thoughts on “Swinging Through the Trees at Go Ape Aberfoyle”

  1. I can’t believe the entire course goes on for 2-3 hours! What a seriously exhilarating experience. I, too, am scared of heights but this sounds like such a great way to try to break that fear, it’s also a lot less expensive than I would have imagined.

  2. I am on the same boat with you ! I have terrible fear of heights ! But Go Ape seems like a lots of fun! Good job! πŸ™‚ I am don’t think I could do it as I would probably get super dizzy especially for 2-3 hours! But I know my husband would love it so maybe Ill get better and try it one day!

  3. Kudos to you for overcoming the fear of heights as it can be daunting. I would love to try this place as adventure. I have ziplinned across a few places but this looks like a must do when in Edinburgh. Thank you for this new discovery.

  4. This place looks like so much fun!! I wish I lived near haha. I love all of the tips you included as well. That’s exactly the kind of information I’m looking for when I visit somewhere new!

  5. This place has the best name ever! Love it! I am afraid of heights too but I think I will be able to do this. Sometimes, I freeze when I am faced with a high place but start to ease up after several minutes. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  6. This looks like an amazing experience! I don’t know if I’d last the 2-3 hours though. Seems like a pretty long time. LOL. But then again, I tried rope courses similar as this (but not as high I guess), and it was pretty awesome. Tiring, yet rewarding! Great to hear you’ve completed this Chiera! πŸ˜‰

  7. So brave Chiera! I reckon I could do the ziplining but the wobbly walkways would probably do me in. I’m petrified of heights but there is an immense sense of satisfaction completely a physical challenge like this. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  8. Wow. The Go Ape franchise is everywhere as we have one local to us in Memphis, TN. I can’t imagine climbing and zipping through Scotland’s old forests . It looks quite an adventure and a scenic view to experience. We haven’t tried ourselves with the local Go Ape. I’ve zip lined through the jungle canopies of Guatamela and was awestuck and nature’s beauty and would love to see how Scotlands old forests would look like. I would end this reminds me of an old American cartoon, “George of the Jungle” where it would end George, George of the Jungle watch out for that tree…

  9. Whoa! That looks like fun! It reminds me of the Ewok village of Endor in Return of the Jedi, and the elven city in The Lord of the Rings. We would definitely have a lot of fun here. Is there a tree climbing adventure? Or a tree camping (i.e. you camp in a hammock that is tied to the branches)?

  10. O my God! This is so thrilling. The trees are way too tall and that gives me a good idea of how high you must have been. You are brave to try it. I am not sure if I would be able to do that. But it must be an experience of a lifetime.

  11. I love ziplines, and harnesses are always good. There are similar courses like this outside Copenhagen – I haven’t done them, but my kids adore them. Knowing someone is always around to calm down any freakouts in the treetops is a thumbs up for me. Thanks for sharing this fun day out with #FarawayFiles, Erin

  12. Wow, this must have been lots of fun! You are so brave. Earlier this year I’ve tried bungee jumping and I can only guess how adventurous this must have been for you. How did you manage to overcome the fear of heights?

    1. It was so much fun! Initially I was a bit shaky, but I think because you are so focused on just making your way through the course that it distracts you from how high up you are! I hardly even thought about it!

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