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What is Zipit?
Zipit is Ireland’s first high-wire aerial forest adventure. We built platforms on trees at various heights (ranging from 1 metre to 20 metres off the ground) and connected them with a range of activities to allow the participant move from one tree to another. At the beginning you are fitted with a harness to ensure your safety and our qualified instructors will give you a short initiation course to explain the features of the course and equipment (and to make sure you know what you’re doing). There are five different circuits, with each circuit getting a little bit more challenging than the previous one but you probably won’t even notice this as you move along, activity by activity.
Be prepared for up to 4 hours of adrenaline-fueled fun as each activity builds your confidence.
Where are you located?
We are located in:
- Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon
- Tibradden Wood, Dublin 16
- Farran Wood, Co. Cork.
For full directions, go to our Courses Tab and select your Zipit location.
How much does it cost?
Age 7 - 8 years: €15.00
Age 9 - 11 years: €23.00
Age 12 - 14 years: €25.00
Age 15+ years: €30.00
Discounts for groups of 10 or more and special school tour rates.
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Is it for children or adults?
Both! Different circuits cater for different heights, ages and abilities. Families can complete circuits together or can choose to supervise kids from the ground. This is the perfect outdoor activity for children age 7 upwards to adults of all ages. Our courses are ideal for corporate outings, team bonding and social groups, hens and stags and adult birthday celebrations.
Do I need to book in advance?
Yes. To guarantee your place, book online at www.zipit.ie
During peak times we are fully booked most days. As we have a limited number of harnesses, if you do not have a booking we cannot guarantee that you will get on the circuits.
What time should I arrive for my booking?
Your booking time is the time at which your initiation will head off for training. You are required to arrive 15 minutes before your booked time to enable you to complete the check-in process and get harnessed up ready for action.
Does it matter if I'm late for my booking?
Yes. If you are late for your booking, we will always try our best to get you onto the circuits but this is not always possible. When booking you are asked to arrive 15 minutes before your booked start time.
I have booked a birthday party. One child cannot arrive until later
We cannot accommodate late arrivals as every participant is allocated a time slot. If a child cannot arrive on time, they will be unable to participate unless they are booked separately for a later time. However, this will mean they are separated from the rest of the group who will be at a different stage on the course.
What should I wear?
We recommend that you wear something comfortable that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Puffa jackets are not allowed. You can bring your own gloves or you have the option to purchase a pair for €2. You should wear comfortable shoes with good grips, no flip-flops. Long hair must be tied back and it’s recommended that body piercings be covered. Midriffs should not be bare as the harness may chafe.
I have a pacemaker/ICD - can I participate?
Our park in Farran Woods, Cork, uses a different safety system to our other two parks, and involves the use of magnets. Magnets may interfere
with the operation of pacemakers and ICD’s. We recommend that you check with your doctor, before booking Zipit at Farran.
How long does it take to complete Zipit?
Each participant has their harness for a maximum of 4 hours. You should complete an initiation and as a guide, 3 circuits within the 4 hours. If you don’t wish to move on to the next circuit or you have a height/age restriction then you have the option of repeating the earlier circuits.
What circuits can I do?
We do have restrictions to ensure your safety:
Minimum age is 7 years.
Minimum height is 1 metre/3 feet 3 ½ inches tall.
Maximum weight 120 kg /19 stone (guidelines only)
How high is the course?
The Children’s Circuit (Green) starts off at approximately 1 metre from the ground and height gradually increases as you move through the Family Circuits (Orange and White) to finish around 15-20 metres off the ground (Blue and Red Circuits)
Does the instructor follow us on the course?
A trained instructor will give you a 30-45 minute Initiation session before you start. When both you and the instructor are satisfied then you can proceed with the remainder of the course. Instructors are always on hand and will offer encouragement and help when you need it.
Can I bring a camera?
Yes, if you want to record your time in the trees. All loose objects (such as cameras, phones etc) must be attached to you at all times or secured in a zipped pocket. This is for your own safety and that of the other participants.
Is it safe?
Zipit Forest Adventures is a member of the European Ropes Course Association (ERCA) and adheres to EN 15567-2 Sports and recreational facilities - Ropes courses - Part 2: Operation requirements.
This European Standard applies to the operation of ropes courses and specifies the operational requirements to ensure an appropriate level of safety and service when used for either recreation, training, education or therapeutic purposes.
We have a policy of informing participants of the nature of risk associated with our activities through our Disclaimer and our Initiation/Safety Briefing (approx. 30 – 45 minutes) which is mandatory for all customers wishing to participate on our courses. Through strict adherence to the ERCA requirements and continual investment in the most current Personal Protective Equipment we are confident that all risks are minimised.
What happens if I get stuck?
Don’t panic as there will be an instructor on hand to either encourage you or help you down to the ground. Instructors are fully trained and have special equipment to rescue you from the trees and bring you down safely to the ground if you wish. However, we always try to offer advice and assistance to help you complete the circuit, so you leave us with a great sense of achievement.
What happens if it’s raining?
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing"- Sir Rannulph Fiennes
If it’s raining, you might get wet, but this is Ireland and we never let a bit of rain stop us from having fun! Only high winds or extreme conditions will close the site and the tree canopy offers protection from the elements. You’ll be having so much fun that you probably won’t even notice!
Our cancellation/re-schedule policy is 48 hours, so please check the weather forecast ahead of time- Harnesses are reserved so we cannot refund on the day.
When are you open?
Weather dependent, we normally open mid-February to coincide with the school holidays and close at the end of November. We open 7 days a week during June to August and every weekend and bank holiday in between. We take group bookings mid-week, so if you have a minimum of 13 adults, give us a call on 051 858008.
What are your hourly opening times?
These vary, depending on the season. During July and August we open at 9 or 10am, with last initiation about 6pm. When you make a booking online, available times will be highlighted.
Do I have to participate?
No, you do not have to participate, you are most welcome to follow your children or friends from the ground (offering encouragement of course!), but we have a strict active supervision policy, so you cannot leave your children unattended. A supervising adult (over 18) must be able to see all of the children under their supervision, all of the time. So if you have children of varying ages, it is advisable to bring extra supervision. If you would like further guidance on this, just give us a call on 051 858008.
How many supervisors do I need?
A supervising adult (over 18) must be able to see all of the children under their supervision, all of the time. So if you have children of varying ages, it is advisable to bring extra supervision. For example, if you have children spanning ages 7 - 16, there may be a time when they are on 5 different circuits, and this would necessitate for separate supervision. If you are bringing a group of 7-8 year olds, we recommend a ratio of one adult to every 4 children as they often need encouragement at the start. If you would like further guidance on this, just give us a call on 051 858008.
I am bringing other people's children.
Do the children's parents need to complete the disclaimers beforehand? No. We ask you, the supervisor, to complete the disclaimer, which can be found on-line if you wish to view or complete it before arrival.
What if I fall/slip?
No problem. Your safety harness will catch you, and then you can regain your footing and proceed. Instructors are always patrolling the course so if you need help just let them know.
Is there any time limit on the course?
Yes, each participant has a maximum of 4 hours for their Zipit experience. You can go at your own pace and let other participants pass you out if you need to take a rest, or are feeling slightly nervous. If you want to have fewer people on the course it is recommended that you book the early slots because it is generally quieter. Please be aware that the circuit starts will be closed at least an hour before we are due to close the park so if you are are in towards the end of the day, check the circuit close times.
Will there be queues?
There may be queues in the middle of the day at peak times, though our instructors always do their best to dissipate them as fast as possible. If you are waiting behind someone that is particularly slow or is having trouble you can always ask to move ahead.
Are there storage or changing facilities?
No, we are afraid we do not provide storage for your belongings. It is recommended that you use the toilet facilities before starting. These are located in the Visitor Centre at Lough Key and on-site in Farran and Tibradden.
Is there parking on-site?
In Zipit Tibradden, parking is free on-site.
In Zipit Lough Key, there is a €4 Coillte charge for the car park that is a 5 minute walk from Zipit. It can only be paid in coins or in tokens from Lough Key Activity Centre.
In Zipit Farran, there is a €5 Coillte charge for the car park. It can only be paid in coins.
Can I stop for food?
Your time at Zipit is up to 4 hours so if you do stop for food, you will be cutting down your time on the circuits. You will be on the ground between circuits and you are welcome to grab a quick break for a drink or snack.
Is there a cafe?
Lough Key Forest Park has a Lakeside cafe only a 5 minute walk from Zipit. From the cabin we sell water, Lucozade, crisps and a couple of chocolate snacks in case you are low on energy!!
Zipit Tibradden and Zipit Farran offer hot and cold drinks, crisps and a selection of chocolate snacks.
There is a small decking area at all parks, with a few tables and chairs and you are welcome to bring your own food and drink. There are also picnic benches around the parks. We do not have any indoor facilities or a fully-covered area.