Killiecrankie Zip Park Project
We are bringing a new and exciting adventure activity to Perthshire! The Killiecrankie zip park opening in May this year will offer spectacular views while zipping through the trees and across the River Garry. A visit to the forest has never been this much fun!
The Killiecrankie Zip Park, or Killie Zip as we call it, will be ideal for families, couples, friends or anyone with a sense of adventure.
We have been working hard behind the scenes for over two years and with planning permission granted we are about to start building the course. We are looking to raise an initial amount of £22,000 which will only partially cover the cost of building the park, the rest will be funded by ourselves. The global pandemic may have put a spanner in the works but we are determined to have the park built and running by May this year.
The zip park is in Killiecrankie, Perthshire just a few miles from Pitlochry and literally a stone's throw away from the bungee jump and giant swing site at the Garry Bridge.
Photo - The Garry Bridge, Killiecrankie Valley
The Zip Course
The course will have a series of nine zip lines, two of which will have you zipping across the River Garry and the rest a series of shorter zips from tree to tree. The course is set on the grounds of the National Trust for Scotland and preserving the health of the trees we are using is of our highest importance. During over two years of planning and collaboration with the architect, ecologist and arboriculturalist we have come up with a conclusion which would avoid any unnecessary drilling into trees that would shorten their life span.
Local Tourism Boost
The zip park is located just off the A9 near Pitlochry which is a great stop off point for anyone travelling North or South on the country's longest road. The zip park also offers an exciting activity for families who can also participate with their children as young as eight and will be a massive boost for tourism in the area.
Creating New Employment Opportunities
The park will create new employment and work experience opportunities. We will continue and expand our work experience programme with Breadalbane Academy, offering work placement opportunities for their pupils. The message of support from Breadalbane Academy is as follows.
“The development of a zip park would enhance the opportunities for collaborative working, work placements and seasonal employment. Breadalbane Academy pupils would see a huge benefit from this in terms of developing their employability skills, but also having great fun too!”
Monica Young, Project Officer Breadalbane Academy
Who are we?
The Killiecrankie Zip Park project is brought to you by the founder of Highland Fling Bungee Ltd Murray Trail and their operations manager Laurie McCandless-Thomas. Creating adventure is our specialty.
Laurie McCandless-Thomas & Murray Trail. Garry Bridge, Killiecrankie.
There are a variety of rewards for your contribution and these include zip line passes, bungee jumping and the giant bridge swing.
How your contribution will help
- Partially cover some of the costs of construction of the zip park (£22,000)
- Safety equipment. Including harnesses, zip trolleys and safety lines (£15,000)
- Partially fund the video and photo operation. This will include photo & video cameras, equipment, computers and editing software (£5,000)
Your contribution means so much, and we can not thank you enough for your help in making our project become a reality.