Our Tweed Valley: Iain Ronaldson, Go Ape Peebles

  • Iain Ronaldson, Go Ape
  • Out on the course


The Go Ape Peebles aerial adventure course at Glentress has proved hugely popular since opening a few years ago. We caught up with Site Manager Iain Ronaldson to find out more about life in the trees

So, what’s a typical day like for you?

Open up the cabin; prep paperwork for the day ahead; oversee opening of the course; oversee all health and safety for both customers and staff; see the staff get fed; and repeat!

Why do you think people love Go Ape so much?

It’s just not something people do in their everyday lives. Families & friends can play together equally.

Go Ape has a variety of courses around the country, but how would you describe the one at Glentress … any special characteristics?

We have the highest zip line in the company – it’s 150ft above the small reservoir below, with amazing views across the valley. We also have a zip line with a skateboard.

What do you think are the best obstacles?

I love the big zip lines and the Twister – a real test of balance and nerve – which can flip if you get it wrong.

Any plans for further developing the Go Ape set-up at Glentress?

Not at the moment but if we get enough enquiries then a junior course may be a possibility in the future.

Any particularly memorable customers stick in your mind?

Yes, we have one regular who suffers from Tourettes ... lots of funny comments and an inspiring person to be around. We all enjoy his visits.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

The people I work with. I’m very lucky to work with a team of different ages and backgrounds who all have individual strengths & weaknesses and who all support each other and me.

Finally, what’s your favourite thing to do on days off?

Walking or running in the local hills.

Further info

Fun and challenging in equal measures, Go Ape Peebles adds even more appeal to a forest also renowned as one of the UK’s premier mountain bike trail centres. For more details, including opening times, visit https://goape.co.uk/days-out/peebles

And for a very different take on Go Ape check out this story of how a pair of Borders artists looked to translate their experience of flying through the trees into a series of paintings.


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