Autumn at Go Ape

Over the next few months I thought I'd start a series of blog posts on activities to help de-stress in Aberdeen, as a fourth year University student with a part time job and a blog I'm constantly busy and racing to meet deadlines which can get pretty stressful, so heres the first post in my  de-stress series...
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be contacted by Go Ape to try their Crathes Castle course in Aberdeen with three friends. I've previously been to the  Go Ape course at Glentress and loved it, so I leapt at the opportunity to experience the tree top assault course again.
 Go Ape Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire is located in the landmark grounds of the castle and features the bold skateboard zip wire. With turrets and towers, winding staircases and ancient sculpted yew trees; historic Crathes Castle’s 595 acre estate offers a fantastic day out. The course is set 8.6 metres above the forest floor with the longest zip line 125 metres long, the ultimate thrilling experience.

We started the morning having our harnesses fitted and going over a short safety demonstration before setting off on our treetop adventure.

The first couple of zip lines and obstacles were pretty nerve wracking but before long we were all leaping from great heights and skateboarding through the air without a second thought. Teetering over the paper maché of autumn leaves smeared on the forest floor and nestled under a canopy of rich green and golden leaves the course acted as the perfect arena to watch autumn unfold in its entirety. 

 The whole course was completely exhilarating and such good fun to do as a group, by the end of it we'd all completely forgotten about all of our looming deadlines and the thought of 9am lectures - the best kind of medicine.

Crathes castle was nestled in the most beautiful grounds with rolling hills stretched out as far as the eye could see, a thick towering leafy forest and the stunning Crathes Castle set in beautifully manicured gardens. So you can definitely spend a whole day there exploring, especially when the cafe serves the most delicious array of food, from handmade meat pies (the steak and haggis pie is to die for) and great doorstop sandwiches to the most delicious home baking theres something to suit everyones taste buds.

Go Ape Course T&Cs
 • Minimum Age – 10yrs 
• Minimum Height – 1.4m (4ft7in) 
• Maximum weight – 20.5 stones (130kg) 
• Under 16s must be supervised by a participating adult. 
• For further information about Go Ape visit www.goape.co.uk

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