Book Now

Your Next Adventure in Scotland

Daring crossings, speedy zip wires and unforgettable Tarzan swings - our high ropes course at Crathes Castle is a wonderland of outdoor adventure. Climb, leap and swing a lush broadleaf canopy. Plus, put your best foot forward on a hair-raising skateboard zip line.


Our most northerly UK location is just 40 minutes from Aberdeen, and set in the majestic grounds of a 16th century castle. Seasoned adventurers will be tested by our most difficult obstacles, and for novice risk-takers we'll ease you into the Go Ape spirit with a variety of crossings designed to turn "I can't" into "I can".

Tree Top Adventure

You'll swagger away from this high ropes course with a newfound sense of achievement - and quite rightly so, it's 592 metres of mind-bloggling, nerve testing adventure. It'll take around 2-3 hours to experience the entire high ropes course, hitting heights of up to 9 metres! Built in the historic grounds of Crathes Castle, you're gauranteed a day out in Scotland like no other.

Take a look at what’s involved:


Baboon (10-15)


Gorilla (16+)


Tree Top Adventure Supervision Ratios

Longest Zip



Highest Platform



Longest Crossing



Total Length




  • Wear sensible clothes for adventure
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea. Bring a pair or buy them at the cabin on the day.
  • forestry commission parking is £3 for the day, bring some change


  • Exlore the magnificent 16th-century tower house
  • Stroll along Deeside Way, keeping an eye out for buzzards, herons and kingfishers
  • Refuel with some home-baked treats in the Courtyard Café
  • Let little monkeys loose on the kids play area

Just 30 minutes from Aberdeen, Go Ape Crathes is located in the grounds of an enchanting 16th-century castle. Surrounded by 240 hectares of formal gardens, woodland walks and rolling Scottish countryside, it's a sight to behold. Check out our other Scottish adventures near Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Crathes Map
How To Find Us

Go Ape Crathes Castle
AB31 5QJ

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.

Opening Times

Our forest doors at Crathes Castle are open nearly all year around so there's plenty of time to live life adventurously. 

However, we usually close after early December as not only does it get a little chilly we like to give our adventures a little TLC during this time.

To see when you can unleash your inner ape at your preferred Go Ape location please use our orange booking bar to view available booking dates. 

We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Get Involved and Never Miss Out on a Competition

Now's a great time to become a part of our Tribe. Stay up to date with all the latest competitions and if you fancy your chances, get involved and enter - you might just get lucky!

We're a friendly bunch, constantly looking for ways in which we can inspire everyone to live life adventurously. Have a browse through some of our competitions from the past and, of course, the prizes that have been enjoyed by our winners...

View Our Competitions
Go Ape Newsletter Thumbnail

what our tribe say about crathes 

places to stay near crathes castle

Adventure gift experiences
For mini adventurers to thrill seekers!

Gift memories, not things with a Go Ape gift experience. Choose from five activities built to challenge, surprise and excite your family and friends - from young explorers to the most seasoned adrenaline-junkie. 

Not sure which activity to choose? Select an amount to gift from just £10 and choose FREE P&P or instant digital download.

Gift Adventure
New look gift voucher