The Modern Family Goes Ape in Aberfoyle

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The Modern Family visited Go Ape Treetop Adventures in Aberfoyle. This Go Ape in Scotland is zip-line heaven! 

 

Go Ape in Aberfoyle

Wow, what an adventure! The girls have been keen for a while to give Go Ape a go. Our opportunity to fly down zip wires and leap off Tarzan swings came on a recent trip to Scotland.  There are 28 Go Ape courses across the UK, and we were guests of Go Ape Treetop Adventures in Aberfoyle, which is zip wire heaven and home to two of Britain’s longest zip wires!

For Tree Top Adventures kids need to be at least 10 years old and over 1.4 meters (4.7 feet) to try, and under 16s need 1 adult supervisor for each “Baboon”. Other Go Apes accommodate younger children, so make sure you check the requirements on the web site.

We had a great time taking on a range of obstacles, walkways and crossings. But don’t just listen to me, here’s my girls’ take on the day …

go ape in aberfoyle 12My 12-year-old’s perspective

The rain stopped and we drove the short trip to Go Ape in Queen Elizabeth Park in Aberfoyle. From the outside you can only see huge trees, but once you are inside the car park you can see the beginnings of ziplines. Personally, I love high ropes and I couldn’t wait to start the course, but my youngest sister wasn’t quite so excited and scared to go up into the trees.

When we got started, our instructor, MJ, helped us put on our harnesses and told us how to move between the obstacles using the red and blue carbiners and the pulley (the metal things that connect to the wire and pulls you along). The main message was STAY CONNECTED. Once we completed our mini training course, which focused on changing the carbiners and equipment, we had a final safety briefing and then we were ready to start the course!

We started with the longest zipline in Scotland, which looked very high but once we got on it was very enjoyable, particularly the views were very scenic – flying over gushing waterfalls and flowing rivers.

Once everyone got down from the initial zipline, we started on the first course. We had to climb up a rope ladder to a wooden landing in a tall tree, and then we started on the obstacles and crossings, including wobbly bridges, Tarzan swings (my FAVE – we swung really fast into a net, bounced off, and then climbed off via the net. There were also tunnels (it was funny watching dad doing this) and I think the hardest was the crossing where there were ring loops hanging from a rope (they were very swingy) and you had to put your feet into them. This was very hard because you have to put your big feet into small holes, whilst swinging from the last one. You actually didn’t have to do this one, as it was on the extreme route (my dad decided to take the easy route!)

After five courses, it was time for the highest, most scary looking zipline – the biggest in Scotland, being 150 feet high. I really enjoyed soaring through the forest and it was a great way to end the session.

 

 

go ape in aberfoyle 11My 11-year-old’s perspective

Go Ape was an amazing experience because it was so fun. There were 6 courses (4 high ropes and 2 really long zip wires, including the longest zip wire in Scotland).

When we arrived we dumped our keys and money and signed in at reception. MJ, an instructor, took us over to the practice bit and our first long zip wire. I really liked how they had examples of the obstacles and you got to practice on the real thing. MJ was good and told us everything clearly. Then we went on a practice rope, that was actually off the ground, and we were off on our first zip line.

I was a little scared at first because it does look kinda scary, but I have been zip lining before and I remembered how fun it is. It was also helped by clear weather (our last couple of days had been really rainy).

Another instructor helped us to get down so we would know how to do it. Then we walked to the next course. They called us fun-sized baboons since we were under 18. Since we were so young, we had to have an adult between every two of us.

The first course went really slowly because of mummy and she didn’t really like it so she decided to watch us do the rest of the course. Luckily Pete was able to continue with us. The next few courses were a blast. One of my favourite things was the Tarzan swing. You jump off the edge, like a zip line, and bounce off a net. But I think my very favourite thing has to be the last zip line. It was so long and fast and the only bad thing was it was over so quickly!

 

Go Ape in Aberfoyle is just a 10-minute ride from Forest Hills. Adults and children from aged 10 can swing amongst the trees in this high ropes/zip line heaven!

Go Ape in Aberfoyle is just a 10-minute ride from Forest Hills. Adults and children from aged 10 can swing amongst the trees in this high ropes/zip line heaven!

 

go ape in aberfoyle 10My 10-year-old’s perspective

At first I didn’t want to go and I was really scared and nervous. I didn’t see why my sisters were shouting and jumping with joy when they heard we were going to Go Ape.

First we put on our harnesses and went through a safety briefing and instructions on how to use the equipment. It wasn’t too complex and I soon got the hang of it.

It was really fun swinging through the trees like a baboon. Flying through the air on the ziplines was really special and had magnificent views.

We also did obstacle courses up in the trees on platforms and some of these were really fun but challenging. You had a zipline and there was also a Tarzan swing .

You did it all yourself which was really fun (my dad checked me before I went).

Lastly we did a GIGANTIC zipline to round it off – the biggest in Scotland!

It was so fun I want to do it for my birthday party! It was an amazing experience. I would definitely do it again.

 

 

Having fun at Go Ape Aberfoyle! @goapetribe #scotland #familytravel #adventure

A video posted by Susanna Scott (@amodernmother) on

 

IF YOU GO:

Go Ape! Aberfoyle David Marshall Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Aberfoyle, Stirling FK8 3SY  Zip wire heaven in Loch Lomond/Trossachs! Set in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park near Stirling, two of the UK’s longest zip wires over 400m long and 150 feet above the ground. The Lodge Cafe has a great menu and features floor to ceiling views of the forest. Prices range from £30 for a gorilla (aged 18 and over) to £24 for a baboon (aged 10 to 17). To book a Go Ape adventure visit www.goape.co.uk or phone +44 0333 331 7264.

 

We were guests of Go Ape for the purpose of this review. All opinions and editorial are my own and my family’s.

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16 Comments

  1. 10/11/2014 / 09:51

    We’ve never tried this but it looks like great fun. It’s lovely to read about what your girls thought about it.

  2. 10/11/2014 / 08:38

    I am quite scared of heights but i bet my girls will love it!

  3. Michelle Twin Mum
    09/11/2014 / 21:19

    Ohh I’ve thought about this before and all my family are chicken! Looks like your girls had a fabulous time. Mich x

    • 15/11/2014 / 06:29

      TBH, I was more frightened that the kids!

  4. Cass@FrugalFamily
    09/11/2014 / 19:16

    We’re planning to do this soon – your post makes me want to go even sooner 😉

  5. 09/11/2014 / 07:44

    My son and husband did this some years ago but I chickened out, saying that I should look after the bags….always a useful excuse 🙂

  6. 08/11/2014 / 23:10

    Go Ape Aberfoyle is just an hour’s drive away from where we live – and Brodie really wants to go. But I think you have to be 10, don’t you? So we’ve got 18 months to wait until he’s old enough.

    • 15/11/2014 / 06:31

      Yes, 10 and 1.4 meters. How about for a birthday present!

  7. bavariansojourn
    08/11/2014 / 10:43

    That sounds like a brilliant place. We have some huge places in Bavaria to do the same thing. I always leave it to the rest of my family though as I have a bit of a thing about heights. Perhaps I will give it a go one day though! 😀

    • 15/11/2014 / 06:32

      I found the hipline easier to enjoy than the high ropes (wobbly bits under your feet). I was amazed that the girls had no fear at all.

  8. 08/11/2014 / 10:37

    Wow it looks amazing in the videos. I love how you’ve captured the thrill through your children’s words.

    • 15/11/2014 / 06:33

      Thanks Ana, It was easy to get them to write as they were on such a high after we went.

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