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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 Peeblesshire 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 2.5 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).

Feb Half Term    7th Feb to 23rd Feb

March Weekends

April 3rd to April 20th

May + June closed Wednesdays and Thursdays

July 1st to Aug 18th

Aug 21st – Oct 6th closed Wednesdays and Thursdays

Oct 9th – Oct 25th

November Weekends only

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 (10min walk) from the car park, past the Bike shop and Cafe, up the gentle hill into the forest.’

By bus

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

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 3 miles east of Peebles.

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

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 Biking is 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 Lynn - Tree Top Adventure, on 4 August 2015
We were late arriving for last slot of day due to traffic called ahead and instructor advised would stay on and provide extra safety briefing. First 10/10. Friendly & welcoming on arrival. Very professional instructor just right mix of humour, while making sure got salient points across. Excellent talk & demo. Recapped important points as necessary but didn't go on and on. Always aware of instructors on course but not obtrusive. Fabulous day. Instructors always had a ready smile & nothing seemed too much trouble. Would highly recommend:-)
Rated 4 Bananas John - Tree Top Adventure, on 4 August 2015
Zip line
Rated 5 Bananas michael - Tree Top Adventure, on 4 August 2015
Excellent day out.
Rated 5 Bananas Bethan - Tree Top Adventure, on 4 August 2015
Such an exciting day out!! What a thrill and challenge, wish I could do it all over again already. So much fun!
Rated 5 Bananas Mevalyn - Tree Top Adventure, on 3 August 2015
The zip wire over the river was absolutely wonderful. It is a great way to enjoy for middle aged parents to enjoy a fun activity with an 11 year old boy. I would say it was one of the highlights of the holiday.
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