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Glentress Forest, Peebles

(Peebleshire)

Near Edinburgh

Our Highest Zip Wire Over a Magnificent Reservoir near Edinburgh.

Built on the hillside within the beautiful Glentress Forest (part of Tweed Valley Forest Park), our Go Ape Peebleshire Tree Top Adventure makes good use of the valley for some jaw dropping exposure, and features our highest zip wire over the reservoirs in the valley.

Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.

If you’re looking for things to do near Edinburgh, extend your day out with us. The small town of Peebles is just 1.5 miles away and has a great High Street with more independent shops than any other town in Scotland for great days out with the family.

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Get out and about with us this season

For full details on dates and times simply 'check availability' and you'll see when Glentress Forest is open.

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January (...it gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Wednesday/Thursday).

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

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Glentress Forest, Peebles.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 325 metres
  • Longest Crossing 13.5m
  • Total Length 933m
  • Number of Crossings 36
  • Highest Point 48m

Peebles

The Team at Glentress.

The Address

Go Ape Peebles Forestry Commission Scotland Glentress Forest Falla Brae Car Park Peebles EH45 8NB

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

Lat: 55° 39' 1.6992"
Long: -3° 8' 4.1784

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By car

From the west or north, find Peebles using the A72 or the A703 from Edinburgh. If arriving from the south leave the M74 at Junction 15 (Moffat) and take the A701 towards Edinburgh. At Broughton take the B712 on the right which joins the A72 (turn right) and head into Peebles. Then from Peebles follow the A72 towards Galashiels for 1.5 miles and the entrance for Glentress is signposted to the left hand side. Coming from the east take the A72 towards Peebles and just after the village of Cardrona (and MacDonald Hotel) the entrance for Glentress is signposted to the right.

Parking at Glentress Forest is: All day £5.00, Up to 3 hrs £3.50, Up to 1 hr £2.00, All day Minibus/Coach £20.00

The Go Ape course is approx 500m up the gentle hill from the bus stop.

By bus

The 62 and 62a buses from Edinburgh to Galashiels both stop right outside the Glentress entrance.

Ask for “Glentress” rather than “Peebles” - The driver is more likely to drop you outside the site, rather than in Peebles. The stop is not in Peebles itself but 2 miles east of Peebles.

Please check out First Group for more information on how to get to Peebles.

The course is approx 500m up the gentle hill from the bus stop.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Glentress Forest is a Mecca for mountain bikers with green, blue, red and black routes. It is quite possibly the best mountain biking centre in the UK. Route maps are available, as well as bike hire and servicing.

Peebles Creative Place has details on events showcasing the weird and wonderful range of arts in the area of Peebles.

To find out more about Britain's finest cycling experience, read reviews on the trails and much more, have a peek at GlentressForest.com Glentress Forest and the wider Tweed Valley, is home to some of the very best mountain biking in the UK. Alpine Bikes are dedicated to helping you get out and enjoy the brilliant variety of trails on offer. They have a fleet of over 130 bikes available for rental, with bikes to suit adults and kids. They also have 2 bike shops in the area with a range of parts, accessories and clothing, plus they do bike servicing too!

Take a look at Tweed Valley Bike Hire to get on two wheels.  This includes the Adults Hardtail Hire Bike (normally £20 per day) and the Kids Hire Bike (normally £15 per day). You'll just need to take your Go Ape booking confirmation along with you.

7stanes Mountain Bikingis seven mountain biking trail centres spanning the south of Scotland. Trust us, it's epic and worth a look.

RIDELINES guarantee to get the most out of your riding, let you in on great technique secrets and really raise your riding confidence no matter what your skill level. RIDELINES specialise in mountain bike tuition, skills courses, guided rides, mountain bikink kids camps and family days out. Find out more at RIDELINES

With the River Tweed joining two other rivers in the town of Peebles, there are some lovely parks on either side of the banks to enjoy a picnic. Or there's the Glentress Peel Cafe serving teas and coffees, cakes, warm and cold sandwiches and soups.

Wild in Art organise unique creative art vacations in the most stunning locations in Scotland, led by the most inspiring artists.

Parking at Glentress Forest is: All day £5.00, Up to 3 hrs £3.50, Up to 1 hr £2.00, All day Minibus/Coach £20.00

Glentress Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission. From trails to sustainable timber, and concerts to conservation projects, the Forestry Commission looks after forests and woodlands, for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk to find out more.

Staying Over

There's plenty of wonderful accomodation in the town of Peebles or Edinburgh is just 25 miles away.

Peebles. The Royal Burgh.

Campsites and holiday parks near Peebles

Glentress Forest Lodges - Outdoor living in comfortable wigwams in Glentress Forest.

Macdonald Cardrona, Peebles- Located on the banks of the River Tweed you'll discover a relaxing haven.

Peebles Hydro Hotel & Spa - a beautiful 4-star hotel overlooking the Tweed Valley in the market town of Peebles. The Hydro is a hotel for all seasons and all ages, with guests returning year after year.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Edinburgh- Nestled deep in Edinburgh's Old Town with timelessly styled bedrooms & suites, trademark bistro & mezzanine bar.

Mercure Barony Castle Hotel & Spa - Behind the impressive stone facade lies a modern hotel offering all the comforts.

Tontine Hotel, Peebles - Situated in the heart of Peebles is this family run hotel geared up for providing you with a wonderful break

 

Feedback from Glentress Forest, Peebles

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 Rob - Tree Top Adventure, on 2 September 2014
Loved the zip wires. Make them higher and longer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rated 5 Bananas Stephen - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 September 2014
An amazing experience, definitely worth a visit! Instructors were great, everything was well explained and easy to pick up and i loved how they basically left you to get on with it yourself.
Rated 5 Bananas Anna - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 September 2014
I booked two places for my kids (aged 20 and 17) as part of our holiday in Scotland, I had a bit of a kerfuffle getting booked as I had Sainsburys nectar vouchers to use as part payment - the website sis not allow me to use the vouchers so I had to phone up twice to get it sorted - however the people I spoke to on the phone were very good and calmly sorted it all out for me.Once we had arrived in Scotland we found the centre fairly easily, though we did miss the signage and almost turned around and went back as we thought we had gone wrong. The staff on site were very good (Iain?) and explained everything well. As the kids are well able to look after themselves, we left them to it and visited a nearby historic property returning about 2 and a half hours later to find two exhausted but exhilarated kids with massive smiles and aching arms. They loved it especially the zip wires and have decided that zip wires should be installed to descend from Arthurs Seat in the centre of Edinburgh which we all climbed later that day!
Rated 5 Bananas Richard - Tree Top Adventure, on 31 August 2014
The course was fab - can I have another go on the zip wire, please? My harness was pretty uncomfortable, and as someone who's done a fair bit of climbing it was quite annoying to be told I wasn't allowed to adjust it, though I understand why it's done like that.
Rated 5 Bananas Jason - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 August 2014
Fantastic experience. Enthusiastic and friendly staff. Very good safety brief. Complete confidence in the equipment and all the obstacles which seemed to be well-maintained. Good but appropriately discreet supervision. Well-laid out course with a good variety of obstacles, and an amazing zip-wire to finish off. It's not cheap but it's really good value for money.PS you should maybe consider hiring out go-pro cameras to your customers. I bet that quite a few would love to share their obstacle and zip-wire experiences but are often reluctant to risk their phones!
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