I briefly mentioned recently on the blog that I was going to check out Go Ape in Aberfoyle and do a write up on the blog about it – I’m so buzzing to share my experience with you all.

It was better than I thought, scarier than I thought, everything and more. I was swinging from trees and flying on some of the longest zip wires in Britain. I was climbing, falling and everything in between. It was mental. It was brilliant.

The staff were extremely informative, attentive and friendly from start to finish. They made sure we were set up properly and walked us through all of the safety measures and dos and don’ts. I was (pleasantly) surprised when I learnt that once we knew how to handle our harnesses, safety grips and all of the nooks and crannies we were pretty much on our own (I was glad for that in the long run though after the state I found myself in sweating and soaring). 

I didn’t know it was going to be such a workout. It was insane. I had thought it basically consisted of zip lines around a forest (which it did) but with more obstacles and challenges thrown in the way. I was climbing ropes, ladders and walking typeropes. I found myself on a skateboard sky high in the air attached to nothing but a line. It was crazy. Crazy in a good kind of way. I laughed so much, I near cried at one point, and I felt the profoundest pride when I accomplished the treetop adventure at the end (and I got a little certificate with my name on it, woo)!

I loved the way the whole thing was set up. The staff have nailed it. It was super organised, and they are all so passionate about their jobs, the atmosphere was tangible. The rooftop adventure is split in to different zones, and they take you in different groups, so you’re not crowded when you fall and flap around the air like a plastic bag. You can really enjoy the experience without feeling judged (which was my biggest worry beforehand). I had never done anything like that before in my life so I was bloody nervous but damn I absolutely killed it. I was totally in my element once I was up there. I felt at one with the trees, and the air and the ground seemed like the biggest obstacle. I wanted to stay up there forever and be at one with nature.

They split it in to different sections, which they call zones, and each zone has a gate that you have a passcode for and enter as you accomplish one zone; I felt like I was in some sort of video game. It was awesome. They also have water at the ready for you at the beginning of most of the zones which was much appreciated as it got pretty intense up there! However the views on the zip line are absolutely breathtaking and you’ll feel so at one with nature. There are no amount of photos or videos that could do justice for this experience, you just gotta get out there and do it!

Honestly folks, I really recommend this as something different to do, with a partner, friend, for a party, with your kids – it’s perfect for everyone. Even if you aren’t the adventurous type you’ll enjoy this experience and it’s totally doable! (If I can do it – you guys can). Oh, before I forget, students you’re getting a ticket for £25 if you present your NUS card when booking! Take advantage of this promo over summer! 🙂

My laptop has been misbehaving lately and I’ve had terrible bother uploading videos etc. – especially to WordPress. So keep an eye on my socials for all of the ‘behind the scenes’ at Go Ape! This was a gifted experience, all opinions and content are my own. Get yourselves down to Aberfoyle and Go Ape!

Until next time,

Charlene McElhinney


email: charlenemcelhinney@icloud.com



  1. June 9, 2018 / 8:57 am

    I’ve been on loads of activities holidays when I was in school and we did a lot of things like this but never as extreme as Go Ape. I don’t think I could do that now – I’m sure I’d love it but I’m just a bit of a wuss and not fit enough haha! xxx

  2. June 9, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Ive done Go Ape/High Roopes quite a few times! I absolutely love the thrill you get from it. I guess that’s probably why I’m a climbing and abseiling instructor! If you love Go Ape then maybe try some other outdoor activities! It’s such a game you dont live closer because I would get you down to the camp I volunteer at and get you climbing and abseiling! Xx


  3. June 9, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    I have be n twice but only to watch as I have a problem with my shoulder I can’t do anything like this 🙁

  4. June 10, 2018 / 9:06 am

    I’d love to do Go Ape but at the same time, the idea terrifies me. I did a high ropes course in Mallorca once for all of about 5 minutes and was absolutely cacking myself haha!

    Steph x

  5. July 6, 2018 / 6:31 am

    This sounds like so much fun! I’d probably get terrified as soon as I got onto the high ropes, but it’d be such an exciting experience to have!

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