Images taken at Landmark Forest Adventure Park. April 2017.
During our recent trip to Scotland we spent a day at Landmark Forest Adventure Park, in the village of Carrbridge within the Cairngorms National Park. The adventure park has a really good mix of attractions for families with children of all ages, from the Ant City play area for younger kids, to the Skydive parachute jump simulation for thrill seeking teens!
There were two areas in particular which proved very popular with our children; The Lost Labyrinth and Bamboozeleum. The Lost Labyrinth is a themed maze, following in the footsteps of a lost explorer, with some very amusing signage along the way. There are several loops and dead ends but not enough to get completely lost in and the maze is made up of boardwalks and low fencing, so there’s no issue finding little ones who run ahead. The waterfall gateway is a big highlight here, with not just a little spray but a full on soaking for those who are brave enough to walk through it. Set on a timer, you can wait for the water to stop and walk through without getting wet, or you can just go for it – which, of course, our children did, more than once! Bamboozeleum is an interactive exhibition of optical illusions and effects to entertain all ages. We were able to play virtual games of football which were projected onto the floor, capture our shadows and even mount our heads upon a platter of food! Because of the nature of the exhibit, the entrance to Bamboozeleum is very dark and our son was unsure of going in, but once we’d persuaded him to have a look inside he really enjoyed it.
Our day wasn’t all action and adventure, however. As well as the main attractions, there are walks through the forest including a tree top trail, taking us on a gentle slope on a boardwalk up into the trees with great views of the forest below. At the end of this is a wildlife feeding area, where we were able to see many birds, plus other points of interest along the way, such as a tree which was once struck by lightning. The huge Forest Tower also gives amazing 360 degree views of the park and forest as well as the mountains in the distance – that is, if you’re brave enough to venture to the top! The butterfly house is well worth a visit too, with a pretty pond and tropical plants to admire.
We spent around 5 hours at the park, which was plenty of time to explore everything and the queues weren’t too bad, the longest being for the Pinnacle climbing wall which was about a 20 minute wait. I imagine the queues may be longer on a busy summer day, especially for things like the Wild Water Coaster. There were also plenty of quieter activities we didn’t need to queue for, such as the radio controlled cars. There’s a small extra charge for these but the enjoyment is unquestionable: Two children (one now being 35) racing model cars around after each other seems to bring so much fun and laughter!
Our day at Landmark Forest Adventure Park was a big hit with our children and certainly one of their favourite days out during our trip to Scotland.
We enjoyed a complimentary visit for the purpose of this post.
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