Youngsters go ape over school holidays

A highwires forest adventure park opens at Glentress on Saturday (July 7).

Go Ape! has set up a tree-top course, including ladders, wooden bridges, Tarzan swings, and obstacles. The Glentress park also includes a 60-metre skateboard zip wire which will send adventurers travelling up to 10 miles per hour, 20ft above the ground.

The company’s course manager at Glentress, Stewart Deards said: “We have had a fantastic response from the public and huge support from the Forestry Commission. It’s great to be launching our new course within this beautiful forest.”

Forestry Commission Scotland’s recreation and tourism manager Hugh McKay said: “We’re very excited and pleased to welcome Go Ape to Glentress Forest. Its treetop adventure courses are fantastic fun and we know they will be very popular with visitors to the forest.”

The course is suitable for anyone over 10 years of age, everyone is fitted with a harness and given a half-hour safety briefing before setting off on the two to three hour adventure.