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Crathes

Go Ape Crathes Castle 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 crathes

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.

  • Amazing as usual. Me and my partner enjoyed this adventure immensely

    Machaela Lawson

  • Great experience, even if youre scared, go for it youll have fun. But remember to be there a bit early or your booking will be moved by an hour.

    Nicole Ciantar

  • Great fun and well instructed.

    Brian Tilley

  • Great experience!! Did this with my 14 year old daughter & my 68 year old mum. It was challenging yet doable & we all enjoyed it emensely. All the staff were very welcoming. Roy was our leader. He gave us a thorough briefing & kept a good eye on the group on their way round. The other staff taking time to ask how we got on our way back to the cabin. A great bunch of lads.

    Michelle Morrison

  • Great fun, very professional and safe.

    Bill H

  • Staff very helpful and friendly, my 10 year old daughter and her friend loved it! There only complaint was that I (mum) was too slow :0(

    Mairead Amos

things to do in crathes

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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