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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.

*Offer valid until 30th November 2016. 16+ was £33 now £26. 10-15 was £25 now £20. Only valid at Crathes Castle. 

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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 Christine - Tree Top Adventure, on 23 May 2016
I fractured my finger after going down the 5th zip line. It was very tough going down and it wasn't great for myself or the two people before my..everything else was great.
Rated 5 Bananas Lynn - Tree Top Adventure, on 22 May 2016
Zip lines and variety of corse
Rated 5 Bananas Hans - Tree Top Adventure, on 22 May 2016
The whole experience, from booking to handing back the safety harness was flawless and clearly well thought through. We often hear about companies striving for excellent customer experience, GoApe sets the standard for others to live up to. Such friendly people, with a fun outlook on the experience they provide, but clearly very serious about safety. I had a great time with my (grown up) daughter, thank you again for making it such a positive experience for us both that we can look back on with fond memories.
Rated 5 Bananas Skye - Tree Top Adventure, on 21 May 2016
Staff were lovely and the course was great fun!
Rated 5 Bananas Colin - Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior, on 18 May 2016
overall excellent. we have been doing the Tree Top Junior course on a regular basis since it opened at Crathes Castle and my eldest son who only turned 10 last week end has been desperate to do the proper course. We both loved it. safety briefing and equipment are excellent, only complaint that the blue lanyard could be a wee bit longer, as though my son was tall enough he at times struggled to reach the hook on point, but once on was great. As a former tree surgeon and ex mountain rescue team member I felt that safety was given a high priority by the team on site with clear instructions given as well as them taking the time to explain the kit and to ensure everyone was comfortable using it.We are looking forward to going back and really hope the course is made longer with some more zip wires installed in future years.
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