We tried the world's longest inflatable assault course in Edinburgh's Conifox Adventure Park
The Guinness World Record-breaking inflatable assault course, the Tartan Titan, received glowing reviews when it was recently unveiled at Conifox Adventure Park. Our reporter Anna Bryan went along to see what all the fuss was about.
When I heard what had been said about the ‘Tartan Titan’ by some of Scotland’s famous faces after an exclusive launch at the Kirkliston playground last week, I couldn’t wait to sign myself up to try it out for myself.
Scotland goalkeeper and Hearts captain Craig Gordon raced through the course with his kids, describing it as a "challenging but fun" task, while Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said the experience was like nothing he’d ever seen before.
After hearing the high praise, two of us went along to the 568-metre course to see if it lived up to the hype.
Running five minutes late, we arrived at Conifox Adventure Park just in time for the safety briefing. The staff were aware that everyone was excited to get started, so they quickly filled us in on the rules, handed us special non-slip socks, and sent us out onto the course.
However, getting the chance to try it out took a while. By the time we got our socks on, a long queue had already formed. At first, we figured this would clear quickly, but unfortunately, the weather was not on our side. One section at the very start nearly blew over several times due to the wind, meaning staff couldn’t let people on until they had re-secured the pegs holding it in place.
While this happened several times, the very apologetic staff sprang into action every time to fix the problem quickly every time.
Once we were finally allowed onto the course, the wait felt worth it.
We spent an entire hour bouncing around, jumping over obstacles and careering down slides.
At first, we’d challenged ourselves to tackle the course as fast as possible, but we quickly realised this was a difficult feat. We tried to gracefully bounce from sphere to sphere, swing along rope ladders and run along narrow planks – but half the time, we ended up falling over. Luckily, the bouncy inflatable ground cushioned our falls and we got a good giggle out of it.
The course was also quite the cardio session – by the end, we felt like we’d done a serious workout.
While we went to an adults only session – the course would also be a great day out for children. There were a couple of massive base jumps that might not be suitable for younger kids – but these are easy to skip past. Plenty of fully grown adults decided to give these a miss as well, although we decided to face our fears of heights and give them a go.
So, while some sections were challenging, even for us big kids, there were plenty of parts that felt like the perfect difficulty level for little ones to enjoy.
After completing the course, attendees who worked up an appetite on the course enjoyed a bite from food trucks selling fish-and-chips, burgers and drinks. Sadly, we didn’t get time to try any of the grub – but if it tasted as good as it smelled, then we had no complaints.
All in all, we had a brilliant day trying out the Tartan Titan, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone young-at-heart.
The Tartan Titan will be open at Conifox Adventure Park until August 16.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.