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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.

Go Ape’s Mobile Playground Adventure is at Crathes CastleThe Go Ape Mobile Playground is for mini Tarzans (4 – 10 years)Height: minimum height 1m. It’s designed to be a taster of the Tree Top Adventure. Price: £3.50
Opening hours: minimum 10:30 – 15:30. There is no booking for the mobile adventure course, but please contact Go Ape if bringing large groups of children.

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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 Amy - Tree Top Adventure, on 16 September 2014
We visited with my 10 year old niece and in her words "this was the best thing ever"!
Rated 5 Bananas Christina - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 September 2014
Great idea for a 'date day' with the hubby. Still got sore arms from climbing some of the netting but loads of fun. Need to go back so I can perfect my zip line landing - not very graceful!
Rated 5 Bananas KAREN - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 September 2014
We booked Go Ape for my daughters 11th birthday. It was a great experience. Definitely recommend the Tarzan swing!
Rated 4 Bananas Nick - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 September 2014
Overall good.As I went round the course I did think a safety helmet would be a good idea - at least a useful optin. Lo and behold, on the last piece of kit I made the obvious mistake of "burning" my head on the last zip wire. This was an obvious beginners' mistake which I had been warned about. However, a helmet would have prevented me from being reasonably seriously grazed by the wire - even if it was my own "fault".Cheers,Nick Fitzsimons
Rated 5 Bananas Fiona - , on 9 September 2014
Loved it, such a great feeling of achievement on completion. Really challenged myself but felt safe and supported throughout. Can't wait to do it again!
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