Zipit is for everyone!
Come on your own or as a group. 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, school tours, team bonding and social groups, hens and stags, kids and adult birthday celebrations.
Prices vary per age
10% discount for groups of 10 or more when booked online.
Throughout most of the year
Weather dependent, we open mid-February to coincide with the school holidays and close at the end of November. We open 7 days a week from June to August and every weekend and bank holiday from February to November. We will take group bookings for weekdays outside of July and August, so if you have a minimum of 13 adults, give us a call on 051 858008. If the weather is good, we will open additional weekday slots, so check online for availability.
Opening hours depend on the season. During July and August we open at 9am with last Safety Briefing usually between 3pm and 6pm dependent on demand. Check website for realtime schedules. We are open for 4 hours after the last Safety Briefing. When you make a booking online, available times will be highlighted.
Up to four hours
Each participant has their harness for a maximum of 4 hours. You will complete the Safety Briefing and, as a guide, 3 circuits within the 4 hours. During busy periods circuits can take longer to complete. 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.
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 in towards the end of the day, check the circuit close times.
No refunds or reschedules within 48 hours of your session as harnesses are allocated at this time.
Rain does not stop the activities from going ahead, so please check the weather in advance if you are concerned.
Minimum Age is 7 years.
Minimum Height is 1m.
Maximum Weight is 120kg
The maximum waist measurement of the harness is 110cm (43 inches)
The maximum expansion of the leg loops, which you step into and tighten around the top of the thigh, measure 70 cm (27 inches).
If you have any concerns we advise that you visit a course prior to your booking and speak to a member of the Zipit staff.
Padded jackets are not allowed.
Each circuit has its own minimum age and height restrictions. Please visit The Tour for these restrictions.
I have a pacemaker / ICD
Our parks use a safety system which 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 making your booking.
What if I’m pregnant?
Unfortunately, due to safety risk, anyone who is pregnant is unable to participate.
Additional Needs Participants
Our circuits are designed to offer a level of physical and mental challenges. For customers with additional needs or disabilities, some or all of our circuits may be unsuitable. We recommend that carers or adults with disabilities visit Zipit prior to booking and evaluate the suitability for themselves. Our Course Managers are on hand to offer advice.
Participants must be able to operate the safety system independently, otherwise, regardless of age, they would need to remain on the green circuit, with supervision by their carer up on the circuit. A late afternoon/evening booking is recommend to avoid busy circuits, resulting in a more leisurely pace around the course.
We will try to provide as much assistance as possible to help those with special needs to undertake our courses. However, the primary responsibility of our staff is to ensure the highest levels of safety for all our customers. This ensures a great day for everyone. We are sure that you will understand this, even when it conflicts with individual needs. Course safety, for our customers and staff, will always be given priority.
Yes, at all sites
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.
Is there a café?
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.
If it rains ...
"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.
Is it safe in the rain?
If it wasn’t safe we wouldn’t open. Rain does not affect the safety of our courses, or equipment.
Booking is essential
To guarantee your place, book online at www.zipit.ie
To take advantage of our reduced rate, your visit to Zipit must be booked online.
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.
It is important to arrival on time
Your booking time is the time you need to arrive to enable you to complete the check-in process and get harnessed up ready for action. Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed admission, especially during busy times.
Yes, it does
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. No refunds will be given.
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.
Instructors are always nearby
A trained instructor will give you a 30-45 minute Safety Briefing session before you climb the trees. When you have successfully completed the practice circuit, you can then complete the circuits at your own pace. You move through the circuits unguided, but Instructors are always on hand and will offer encouragement and help when you need it.
If at any time, you encounter difficulty or feel like you can’t continue climbing in the tress, our specially trained rescue instructors are on hand to assist you and lower you to the ground if necessary.
Spectators are more than welcome to follow you from the ground as your progress through the activities. There is no charge for spectators at Zipit.
We recommend that you wear something comfortable that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Padded 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 into a bun and it’s recommended that body piercings be covered. Midriffs should not be bare as the harness may chafe. We do not have changing room facilities.
You may need to bring insect repellant and sun cream during certain months.
It is fine to wear glasses on our circuits, though, as with any activity, there is always a risk that they can fall off.
Of course you may!
Bring your camera 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.
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. If you want to get around the course as fast as possible, book an early morning slot and be first on!
We are afraid we do not provide storage for your belongings.
These are located in the Visitor Centre at Lough Key and on-site in Farran and Tibradden. Unfortunately due to lack of running water in Tibradden Wood, we are restricted to the use of dry, ecological, composting toilets. It is recommended that you use the toilet facilities before starting.
If you wish!
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. If you are leaving the site your harness has to be removed.
Spectators are welcome
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. For supervision from the ground there is no charge.
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.
It depends on the number and ages of children
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.
For safety reasons each person must be fitted with their own harness by an instructor and they must go through the Safety Briefing and trial circuit.
Please complete disclaimers for them
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 here if you wish to view or complete it before arrival.
You can book 15 people online
If you have a group of 16 people or more, you can call head office on 051 858008 or complete the Group Contact Form and we can check availability. For groups of 45 or more, start times need to be staggered to minimise wait times.
Restrictions vary by age
We do have course restrictions to ensure your safety:
- Minimum Age is 7 years.
- Minimum Height is 1m.
- Maximum Weight is 120kg (leg strap dimensions can also limit fitting of harness)
Each circuit also has its own minimum age and height restrictions. Please visit The Tour to see what circuits are available to you.
From 1 to 20 metresThe 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)
Zipit is very safe
We have taken all necessary steps to ensure our activities are safe, prodiving you adhere to all of our safety rules. You must listen carefully to the safety briefing.
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 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.
For more details on safety, click here.
Don’t panic, instructors are at hand
Instructors are always close-by 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.
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.
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.