Yesterday against my better judgement I headed to Go Ape, Peebles for some tree top adventures. My husband reluctantly followed. He told me this wasn't his type of thing, he didn't enjoy this sort of outdoor activity.
We arrived to a barrage of safety warnings, signed disclaimers, were harnessed up and given a really thorough walk through of how to use all of the safety equipment. It sounded complicated - thankfully in practice it wasn't! If you do decide you're too frightened to take part at this stage they'll offer a full refund, no questions asked.
The course which is set within the beautiful Glentress Forest near Peebles consists of 5 sections which get progressively higher. My Daughter and wee white dug had joined us to watch/take incriminating photos. Non participants are able to walk round the course. She like me has a fear of heights. She quicky regretted her decision not to take to the tree tops with us and is now champing at the bit to Go Ape too.
I loved the zip lines. Great fun and not scary at all. I hated the wobbly bridges. They made my knees shake like jelly. My husband absolutely loved every last second. He's not stopped taking about our visit since and has been admiring his completion certificate as if it were an Olympic medal! I have a feeling it won't be long before we're back.
Glentress is also a great place to go mountain biking if climbing high into the trees isn't your thing. We saw loads of bikes going hell for leather around the woodland trails as we watched them from high overhead.
I'd thoroughly recomment a visit to Go Ape for anyone with a moderate level of fitness and sense of adventure. It's great fun. It's under an hour from Edinburgh and easy to reach by car. It's also a great way to tire out children & teens. There are also centres at Aberfoyle and Aberdeenshire if Peebles is too far away.
Has anyone else enjoyed any hair raising outdoor adventures in Scotland that they'd like to share/recommend?
Below are a couple of shots of me hanging on for dear life and gracelessly floundering in a cargo net!