A Trip To The Treetops
On the 16th of September my colleague Jackie and I visited Friends of Argyll partner Treezone at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch for a shot on their course. The site is only a half hour drive from our Loch Lomond Park, and the course itself has all the makings of a fantastic treetop adventure, with arguably, one of the best views in the country from the final zip wire.
On arrival we were greeted by the friendly instructors who were very helpful and patient in explaining how to handle our equipment while maintaining safe covid-19 practices. Its no easy feat to help someone put a harness on for the first time from 2 feet away but these guys did a fantastic job! Once we were strapped in, we were walked through how to move through the course and reassured that we would be safe at all times.
With Jackie’s usual working day consisting of being up in the trees surveying, she was a picture of excitement in comparison to my nervous demeanour as we approached the first course! We started out tackling The TreeCreeper, working our way through obstacles some 4 meters off the ground. The experience was thrilling and nerve wracking as I tried to remind myself that I was strapped in via a rope so was not going anywhere even if I slipped!
We were accompanied by instructor Brian, who not only kept us feeling safe and informed as we climbed through the course – but also did a remarkable job as our paparazzi, as I had severely underestimated how hard it would be to take pictures while my hands were shaking! His reassurance from the ground kept us moving and eventually I began to relax as we climbed across ropes, nets and clambered through tunnels suspended in the air – before reaching the final zip wire that brought us to the ground. Jackie landing on her feet like a professional while I gracefully landed on my behind!
From here we graduated to The Buzzard Course - TreeCreepers big bad brother! Our bravery was tested as we ascended to heights of 15 meters across wobbly bridges, suspended tyres, and tough obstacles. With names like the Pogo Sticks, Pig Tails, Church Organ and Skipping Ropes the obstacles get steadily tougher until you are just a tight rope away from the exhilarating Buzzard Zip wire to take you back down to earth.
The final zip wire treated us to some stunning panoramic views of Loch Lomond, with cruises and kayakers passing by beneath us. The scene is so stunning you almost don’t want to go back down! But after a while of building up my confidence I managed to enjoy the final zip wire with much more enthusiasm and less panicked yelping than the first one! Both Jackie and I left the course elated having enjoyed ourselves immensely on our unusual day out.
“Taking part in the Treezone activity with Cara was a no brainer for me, what a great experience, highly recommended to anyone. The guys at Treezone are helpful and professional and make you feel safe at all times. Great fun, I will definitely return” – Jackie McBurney, Environmental Co-Ordinator
I would argue this activity is the ideal outdoor experience for those looking for a pure adrenaline rush, a unique workout, lots of fresh air and stunning scenery! So why not book with In Your Element today? A day out with Treezone is one to remember, and definitely something we’ll be trying again! Don’t forget that Argyll Holidays guests enjoy a 10% on all sessions! So why not try something new at an exclusive price? You won’t regret it!