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Crathes Castle


Near Aberdeen

Enjoy Our Epic Skateboard Zip Wire and Some Stunning Scenery near Aberdeen.

A great day out if you’re looking for adventure activities near Aberdeen. Set in the grounds of historic Crathes Castle, we’re proud to unveil one of our new skateboard zip wires.

The classic and original Go Ape Tree Top Adventure experience could be what your and you’re friends are after if you’re looking for things to do in Aberdeenshire. We’ll brief you for safety before you fly down zip wires, jump off Tarzan Swings and sample our fun high ropes crossings whilst enjoying some of Scotland’s most breathtaking woodland.

A stones throw from Aberdeen, live life more adventurously in beautiful surroundings.

Fairytale-like turrets, gargoyles of fantastic design, great yew hedges and colourful double herbaceous borders, Crathes Castle’s 595 acre estate offers an ideal family day out.

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Get out and about this season

For full availability simply 'Check Availability' for the exact times and dates Crathes Castle will be open.

Times will vary on daylight hours. Some of our adventures even open at 08:00 in the summer for those early gorillas!

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

Opens 29th March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Tues/Weds).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Crathes Castle.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 125 metres
  • Longest Crossing 92 metres
  • Total Length 592 metres
  • Number of Crossings 28
  • Highest Point 8.6 metres

The Team at Crathes

The Address

Go Ape Crathes Castle
AB31 5QJ

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 57.05959100, -2.42429800.

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By car

Located off the A93, 5 miles east of Banchory. Follow brown signs for Crathes Castle.

Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using satellite navigation. Please always check the route before setting off, and cross reference with a map.

Please note that parking charges are as follows: £2 all day.

By train

The nearest train station is Aberdeen. For more information visit National Rail

By bus

Stagecoach Bluebird bus numbers 201, 202 and 203 from Aberdeen bus station stop at the entrance to Crathes Estate.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Fairytale-like turrets, gargoyles of fantastic design and the ancient Horn of Leys given in 1323 by Robert the Bruce are just a few of the features of the historic Crathes Castle.

The Crathes gardens and estate are ideal for a family day out. A delight at any time of year, the famous gardens feature great yew hedges and colourful double herbaceous borders.

Find out more here.

Please note that parking charges at Crathes Castle are as follows: £2 all day.

Plus Aberdeen is not far away and there's plenty of things to do.

There plenty of walks in Aberdeenshire to enjoy.

The newly refurbished Courtyard Restaurant and Conference Suite at Crathes Castle offer a variety of options for events. With excellent business facilities, including WiFi and the latest audio-visual technology, the Conference Suite is ideal for meetings, seminars and training events. And between meetings, the beautiful walled garden and woodland walks offer delegates the opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy a breath of fresh air.

All the information you need to extend your visit to Aberdeen & the surrounding area at VisitAberdeen

Why not contact our Corporate Events Team to get your whole work tribe in the trees. Your day could include our 'classic' tree top adventure, mountain biking, a Forest BBQ, welcome drinks and much more. Just give us a call on 0845 643 9314 to find out more and get a quote from the Events Team.

Staying Over

There's plenty of places to stay in Aberdeen... only a stones throw away.

Douglas Arms - Built in the 1840's, the Douglas Arms is one of the oldest buildings in Banchory. Only a 10 minute drive from Go Ape and the beautiful Crathes Castle.

Campsites and holiday parks near Banchory

Feedback from Crathes Castle

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Sarah - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 August 2015
Really great from start to finish. Staff were professional, welcoming and reassuring. Fantastic experience and Crathes is a perfect location, wonderful!The only feedforward comment I would make was BEFORE we got there, re: booking. Initially I went on your website to book online but it said there was no availability for the day. I went online Saturday 22nd Aug at 11.30am for the proposed adventure date of Thursday 27th August (anytime). On the off chance of a cancellation, I telephoned at 11.40am to see if I could book and there was lots of availability, so I was able to book the adventure after all but another booker might not have that perseverence. So, perhaps the website needs looking at? Thanks for a great day!
Rated 5 Bananas Jill - Tree Top Adventure, on 27 August 2015
Such fun!!
Rated 5 Bananas claire - Tree Top Adventure, on 25 August 2015
I organised Go Ape for some young people at a local charity and they had a great time. The course was really good fun and the staff were very helpful. They went out of their way to make it a great experience and even offered a refund for a last minute cancellation which means a lot for a charity budget!
Rated 4 Bananas Emma - Tree Top Adventure, on 24 August 2015
I loved the course and the adrenaline rush from Tarzan swings and zip lines.
Rated 5 Bananas Tracy - Tree Top Adventure, on 24 August 2015
Great outing as a family for our sons 11th birthday. We had a brilliant time
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