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Aberdeen

Winter Opening Treetop Challenge closed from 2nd December - 15th February 2020.

Go Ape Aberdeen is in the heart of Aberdeenshire. The stunning landscape offers you everything from mountain to sea and against a backdrop which delivers big (we’ve gone big too on this Treetop Challenge). 

In the grounds of this 16th century castle we’ll take you deep into the forest. This course will push you as you navigate your way from tree to tree. The longest zip is a wind-rushing 125 metres and look out for the hair-raising skateboard zip line.

go ape adventures at Aberdeen

Location Overview

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  • Cafe / Restaurant

  • Dogs Welcome

  • Parking

  • Play Area

  • Visitor Centre

  • Walking Routes

Crathes Banchory, Banchory AB31 5QJ

Your next adventure in scotland

The winding drive up towards the castle sets the scene for this stunning location. It’s our most northerly site, 40 minutes from Aberdeen.

Once you’ve climbed down from the trees and caught your breath you can explore the 16th-century tower house, with its intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings.

There are a number of walks with different difficulty ratings and distances to get you out and about in this stunning landscape. 

Wildlife fans can enjoy some nature spotting with a walk along the Coy Burn where they may see buzzards, herons and kingfishers.

There’s a Wild Wood Adventure Play area for the children with the Green Lady’s Tower, a rock face challenge and a zip wire to zoom between the trees (please note this is free for National Trust for Scotland members and children under the age of 4 and £3 per child for non-members).

Once you’ve worked up a thirst and a hearty appetite head over to the Courtyard Café which serves hot drinks, lunches and home-baked treats.

  • Excellent set up and fun for adults and kids. Professional and thorough safety instructions provided to give you the confidence to enjoy and make the most of the experience.

    Neil Birse

  • We had a brilliant time and our guide Jack was great.

    Stevie

  • Brilliant! Great location and great fun. Well organised and presented.

    Struan

  • My grandchildren had a fabulous afternoon. The staff were very helpful, professional and tolerant. We would absolutely love to go again.

    R G Asbey

  • Great course. Was rather a large group and we had to be done quite quickly to get back to the waiting dog. I spoke to the staff who agreed to let us go first which was absolutely fantastic. We weren't held up (which can be the case with lots of people in front of you) and did the course in about an hour (the estimate was about 2 to 3 hours). The car park has plenty of shade for waiting pets and some nice woodland walks as a treat after you've had your fun!

    Richard Dutton

  • Great experience with lovely staff who spoke us through everything and made me feel brave 😉

    Isobel McDonald

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know before you go

  • 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. Either bring a pair or you can buy them at the cabin on the day.
  • Forestry Commission parking £3.50 for the day, bring some change.

make a day of it

  • Explore the magnificent 16th-century tower house.
  • Enjoy one of the many walking trails.
  • Stroll along Deeside Way, looking out for Buzzards, Herons and Kingfishers.
  • Refuel with some home baked treats in the Courtyard Café.
  • Let the children blow off steam in the play area.

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