Blair Drummond Safari Park has been around since I was a kid and is a firm favourite family attraction in the central belt of Scotland. If you are heading to Glasgow or Edinburgh on holiday, then you can easily drive over to the park as it’s practically bang in the middle of the 2 Scottish cities.
We were kindly invited along to the park as a family of 4 to see what we thought of their 2019 attractions and I thought it would be handy to include some tips for anyone who might be researching a trip to Blair Drummond.
The park is made up of a few different attractions. The most obvious one being the safari park, but there’s more to it than that which makes it a fun filled family day out. There’s also a fun fair, a humongous play park (with a sand pit), BBQ area, numerous picnic spots, onsite restaurant and snack bars, animal displays and talks, boat trip and pedal boats!
We were lucky enough to visit on Easter weekend, the hottest weekend of the year! So we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We parked in the first car park area, which is the entrance at the fun fair. So needless to say we spend most of the morning going on the various rides! We got the dodgems to ourselves, which was great, as my skills were a little rusty! But there’s a range of rides to suit all ages. Tea Cups and dragon ride for the younger ones and bungee trampolines for the older ones. One of the best thing about the fun fair area is that although there are height restriction on a couple of the rides, like the dodgems and Astra slide, you can still go on with an adult. Which meant that no one really missed out.
We had such a blast in the fun fair, that we didn’t have much time for the boat rides at the other side of the park. But we did get a chance to go around the petting farm and the drive through safari. The girls loved to get up close to the pigs and goats.
Our favourite animals on the safari had to be the monkeys… It was so hot by this point, they were either catching some rays, or hiding in the shade. We also got to see the sea lions, penguins and lemurs (which are all just next to the fun fair area)
Tips to Plan Your Visit to Blair Drummond Safari Park
Get there early
There is so much to do, you will need the whole day to get around all the attractions. You’ll also want to beat the queues, which can get long on special occasions, or a sunny day. The park opens at 10am 7 days a week. We arrived for 10am and were 3rd in the queue. There’s also a number of pay points.
Also, if you want to get a BBQ spot, you’ll want to be there to beat the rush on those sunny days! These are booked on arrival
Bring a Picnic Rug
There are plenty of picnic tables dotted around, so if you’re bringing a picnic or buying food there, you’ll be able to find somewhere to sit. It’s handy to pack a picnic rug just in case.
Kennels for you Fur Baby
There are kennels next to the ticket office, where you can leave your dog. So if you’re holidaying int he area with your fur baby, you don’t have to miss out.
Tickets for the Fun Fair
These can be bought online before arrival or on the day behind the bungee trampolines and not at the rides themselves. The prices vary per ride.
A majority of the activities are free. Even the fun fair has the free Astraglide Slide. All the talks, presentations, boat & drive through safari, pet farm, pedalos, play park and even parking are included in the price. There are over 350 different animals in the park.
There is also a range of personal experiences you can buy to enhance your visit, whether you want to feed the lemurs or get up close to a Rhino.
Events Coming Up
24th-27th May – Superhero Takeover. Watch superheros perform acrobatics all over the park and take part in their training academy. All included in the price of standard admission.
Disclosure: We were gifted admission to review the park. All opinions and fun were 100% genuine!