The Out About Scotland complete guide to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
What’s this attraction all about?
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park located near Stirling is the only safari park in Scotland, and it’s also one of the country’s busiest tourist attractions. Covering more than 120 acres across the estate, the park contains several large enclosures that are home to a variety of animals mainly from Africa and Asia, along with a few inhabitants from closer to home.
Visitors can drive through each reserve in their own car and get some great close-up views of the free-roaming animals before heading into the adventure park on foot to enjoy the family-oriented activities inside. There’s a lot of attractions to keep visitors entertained while they’re in the park and there are plenty of areas to explore too, with Lemur Land, Chimp Island, the bird of prey habitat, and pets farm being a few favourites with guests.
Other attractions on offer include a selection of rides and amusements like the pirate ship and adventure fort, as well as a boat safari, pedal boats, dodgems, a kids rollercoaster and a carousel, while food and drink are catered for with a restaurant and plenty of snack outlets located throughout the park.
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park also has a more serious side as it’s involved with several conservation initiatives like the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and the AfriCat Foundation, and the park’s education team regularly give talks on the elephants, tigers, rhinos and other animals that they care for.Read more...
What can you do there?
There’s a huge number of activities for families to enjoy during their visit to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park although the highlight has to be driving through the reserves to get up-close and personal with some of the amazing animals on show. There are four main reserves to drive through, and each one showcases animals from various parts of the world in habitats that have been created to be as close as possible to their own natural environments.
The African reserve features non-carnivorous native African species like zebra and white rhinoceros, while the lion reserve is home to a pride of African lions. The lion reserve, in particular, is a great enclosure as it features a raised walkway that can be accessed on foot from inside the park so you can get a different perspective on them once you’ve finished the driving safari.
The other two reserves are the Monkey Jungle which houses a troop of Barbary macaques and an Asian reserve which contains herbivores native to Asia such as deer and camels. All the reserves are well-maintained and the animals seem to be very happy in their habitats, which is great to see.
Once you’ve finished the safari it’s time to leave the car behind and set out on foot into the adventure park where you’ll discover various enclosures that are more like the ones you’d find in a zoo, with the African elephant, rhino, and giraffe areas being some of the most impressive along with the great apes on Chimp Island and the ring-tailed lemurs in Lemur Land.
Lemur Land was definitely my favourite enclosure as you get to walk alongside them while they lope about, and they’re completely unphased by the hordes of noisy tourists invading their home. They’re also impossibly cute.
Next to Lemur Land is a lake which you can explore on one of the pedal boats moored up to the dock, but if you want a more leisurely cruise you can take a ride on the boat safari which sails around Chimp Island. I highly recommend taking the boat trip as it’s a great way to see the park’s troop of chimpanzees foraging about in the undergrowth, but the boat trip isn’t the only opportunity you’ll get to see exotic animals up close.
Throughout your visit to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park you’ll see sea-lion displays which let the animals play games with their keepers (and get rewarded with bucketloads of fish), and bird of prey displays which allow the owls, falcons, and vultures to stretch their wings and practice their hunting skills in a variety of demonstrations. Both displays are taken at the pace of the animals and neither appears to force the shows onto them – which definitely gets bonus points from me.
If you’ve got kids and they’re not exhausted after seeing all the animals you can take them to a couple of areas in the park to burn off their remaining energy in a safe and controlled environment. First off is an enormous wooden fort which has a birds-eye view of the park from the top and slides to race back down to the bottom, and second is a pirate ship that can be found inside a giant sandpit.
Both areas have picnic benches and a BBQ area nearby, but you can use the restaurant next door if you feel like having someone else do the cooking and washing up instead. There’s also an outside seating area at the restaurant that allows mums and dads to keep watch on the play park while they’re eating.
I think it’s fair to say that this is one Scottish attraction that’s been designed with families in mind, with an on-site funfair featuring dodgems, a mini roller coaster, and a carousel to keep all ages entertained, and adults can join in the fun as well on the giant slide before finishing off their visit with a drink in the coffee shack.
All-in-all, Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park is a great family day out, and I highly recommended visiting this tourist attraction if you ever come to the Stirling area of Scotland.
What I liked about this attraction
- It’s a great family day out
- It’ll keep both adults and kids entertained
- The animals appear to be very well looked after
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- The entrance price is too expensive in my opinion – £65 for 2 adults and 2 kids
- I bought a coffee from the restaurant and got a cup the size of a thimble (well, not quite, but it was really small)
- On-site food and drink are pricey. Top tip – bring a packed lunch instead
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park,
- Telephone: 01786 841456
- email: email@example.com
- Website: Blair Drummond Safari Park official website
Prices and opening times
2019 Admission Prices
|Ticket Type||Online Price||Pay-on-arrival Price|
|Child 3-15 years||£13.50||£14.65|
|Infant 0-2 years||Free||Free|
|Senior 60+ years||£13.50||£14.65|
The park is open daily from the 23rd March 2019 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Last entry 4:30 pm.