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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.

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 4 Bananas Charlie - Tree Top Adventure, on 19 July 2014
I took my son who is 11 years old. The instructor was very good, he provided a very good safty brief and standard of instruction was excellent throughout the experience. A fantastic and fun day we both had.
Rated 5 Bananas Arleen - Tree Top Adventure, on 17 July 2014
We did this a surprise birthday present for my fiancé. We met a group of friends and had the most amazing time! I have been telling as many people I know just how brilliant it was. We will definitely be back :)
Rated 4 Bananas Pete - Tree Top Adventure, on 17 July 2014
I marked down the value for money element of the feedback above simply because of the car parking costs which for the area of Glentress seemed grossly excessive. Perhaps there should have been a warning but better still, absorbed into the price of the ticket.The safety brief was marked down marginally as the person who gave the brief had a particularly broad Borders accent. I was accompanied by some visitors from the USA who could only guess some of the content and felt inhibited to ask by the size of the group.Otherwise the Go-Ape experience was fantastic and the staff superb.
Rated 5 Bananas John - Tree Top Adventure, on 16 July 2014
My two nephews completed the course and totally loved every minute. One, from Australia on holiday, said it was one of the best experiences he had ever had. He was a bit dubious when I told him I had booked it, but as soon as he started the first climb he was off and running. The long zips at the end were tremendous. Thanks for a great adventure.
Rated 5 Bananas Lorna - Tree Top Adventure, on 16 July 2014
I didn't participate but my family loved the course at Glen Tress, especially the two zip wires at the end. They had both completed the Crathes course and although it was very good, they both preferred the hilly course at Glen Tress. The staff were great and very helpful at directing me as a non-participant on where to stand for good photographs. All in all, our trip was a great success!
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