If you have never experienced one of these treetop adventure courses – definitely give this a try! GO APE in Aberfoyle has a lot going for it. Aberfoyle is a lovely location with gorgeous views from the David Marshall Lodge. The course is well maintained and can be completed by anyone who can follow basic directions (stay attached) and can cross a rope bridge. (There was only 1 mandatory, very challenging obstacle which required some upper arm strength, but after that you can choose to opt for an easier route should you wish).
On line booking was easy. You pick your location, date and time spot and pre-pay for the booking. Check the age and height restrictions before you book. Group sizes are limited to ensure spacing throughout the course. We had a 2 pm weekday booking and this worked fairly well. In all, it did take us just under 3 hours to complete – mainly the kids were waiting for me.
My 11 year old thought the course was great; the 18 year old, not quite challenging enough for him. It was a fantastic family activity as the older one had to look out for the younger and they both kept an eye on me! In all, good value for a full afternoon of fun.
I found the safety briefing quite short and the instructor spoke very quickly. If I had not done this type of course before at another venue I would probably not have left the ground. The first course is an extremely long zip line coasting over the treetops.
Parking is payable at £3 for the day (to the forest park – not to Go Ape). You’ll need to have change. The lodge has toilets and a cafe/snack bar and there are loads of picnic tables if you want to pack your own refreshments. Go Ape web site has all detail information per site so go there to see all venue details. For those of you Stateside, I see they have recently opened their first location in the US one in Rockville, MD.
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