If you know me, then you’ll know that there’s not many things that are capable of getting me out of my bed on a dreary Sunday morning. Surprisingly, spending the morning flinging myself out of trees in the freezing cold is one of those things! I’d wanted to try Go Ape for months now, and had been intending to visit at some point during the summer. Annoyingly, things didn’t quite work out the way I had intended, but luckily the chance arose to visit last weekend instead.
If you didn’t already know, Go Ape is an outdoor forest adventure with courses around the UK. Some courses offer different experiences such as Segway Adventures, but I visited Aberfoyle to get in touch with my inner squirrel on the Tree Top Adventure.
I wouldn’t normally say I’m afraid of heights, but after our thorough safety demonstration I did start to get just a tiny bit nervous. When I was standing at the top of the very first zip wire in to the forest I was wondering why on earth I thought I could do this, but my fears soon evaporated after seeing the downright gorgeous view whilst flying across the top of the forest. It’s a really surreal experience!
The Tree Top Adventure consists of a variety of obstacles, involving climbing, crawling and just general co-ordination – something I lack – so Paddy and I had quite a laugh fumbling around the course. The instructors were always on hand in case you got scared or stuck, which was really reassuring, and it was okay to take it at your own pace. The Tarzan Swing was probably the most intimidating obstacle on the adventure, as you’re essentially stepping off a platform in to thin air, but it’s an insanely satisfying thrill afterwards. I didn’t think I’d manage to make it through the entire course, but I did! I even opted for the “extreme” routes instead of chickening out and going easy instead, which I’m incredibly proud of myself for.
After finishing off the adventure with an epic 426 metre zip wire ride – and more beautiful views – we decided to warm up with some hot drinks and stopped for lunch in the cafe at the centre. Go Ape Aberfoyle is located in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, somewhere I’ve visited many times over the years and will never get tired of.
On the day, the typical Scottish weather took hold and we were faced with a bit of a drizzle, making it quite messy but all the more fun! Because of this, I didn’t want to take my phone or camera round with me so I’m determined to go back in the future – hopefully with a Go Pro in hand!
So, if you fancy getting a bit out of your comfort zone and doing something a little bit different for a change – why not check out where your nearest Go Ape is? And maybe take me back with you…