Dating in this day and age can be somewhat repetitive, you go for drinks, to the cinema, for food, but what about broadening your horizons and taking you and your partner out of their comfort zone, namely 30 meters up trees in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park?? Yup last weekend myself and Tash (the missus) headed out to the Trossachs National Park where Go Ape Aberfoyle is located for our Date with a Difference.
Unfortunately for us the day we (I) had chosen for our adventure turned out to be very wet and windy affair but not ones to let this stop us we made our way up on Saturday morning to see what we had signed up for. Upon arrival we were greeted by Kerry who was designated to take us through the safety equipment, which of course is an essential part of the day. With a slight fear of heights, some reassurance is always good in my book and Kerry certainly succeeded even with the sleet and wind blasting us throughout.
After a 30-minute lesson on the equipment it was time to get going, and first up at Aberfoyle is a zip line 120 meters above the ground which takes you through some stunning scenery including over a 96-meter-high waterfall which really calls for a Go Pro, which unfortunately I don’t own (sad face). From there it was onto the obstacles 30 meters up in the trees which include leaping off Tarzan swings, navigating obstacles, crossings and rope bridges set amidst some of the Scotland’s most breath-taking scenery. With activities in the trees ranging from beginner to extreme there is the opportunity to test yourself or take the easy route, but Tash being Tash decided we were going all out for the extreme objects, which led chaos and laughter throughout the day which helped us to forget we were dripping wet and freezing cold.
To conclude the day you shoot back across the valley on a massive zip line which leads you back to the starting cabin where we were greeted with our completion certificates and headed on into The Lodge which is next door to Go Ape and houses a café that I can confirm serves awesome home-made cake as well as hot meals and drinks to help you to re-energize after a hard days work.
I would definitely recommend taking a pair of gloves and a change of clothing with you, incase the lovely Scottish Weather decides to take a turn for the worst like it did with us. It was defo a mistake wearing trainers, but hey it added to all the fun.
As well as getting to experience the great outdoors amongst some of Scotland’s most beautiful forests, Go Ape is also a pretty good way to challenge yourself with the average session (between 100-120mins) burning between 510 (women) and 660 (men) calories. All of that monkeying around in the trees is also great for strengthening muscles including the rhomboids, lower trapezius, rectus abdominis, obliques, erector spinae, latissimus, dorsi gluteals and quadriceps and also stretches the upper trapezius, pectorals, erector spinae, latissimus dorsi, hamstrings, gastrocnemius and soleus – to name a few!
To celebrate the double bank holiday this Easter, Go Ape is running a competition for people who book their Easter adventure between now and April 15th. Prizes up for grabs, include: Mark Warner Holiday, Suunto watches, £100 Bella Italia vouchers and a Virgin Experience Days indoor skydive trip for 4. You can find out more details regarding the competition here.
There are three Go Ape Tree Top Adventure courses located across Scotland in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in Aberfoyle, Glentress Forest in Peebles and Crathes in Aberdeenshire.
Go Ape prices range from £33 for a gorilla (aged 16 and over) to £25 for a baboon (aged 10 to 15).
Go Ape is the UK’s multi award-winning forest adventure company with 31 Tree Top Adventures nationwide featuring a range of obstacles including Tarzan swings and zip wires.
*I was invited along to Go Ape (Cheers Guys) for my Date for a Difference. All thoughts regarding the day are my own.