Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park


Bannockburn Experience


Duration: 2 - 4 hours

“There are over 300 animals”

This is a really popular place to go for families with young children – a chance to see Scottish lions! Well, they’re not strictly Scottish, obviously. The famed thick-maned Blair Drummond Safari Park big cats are African lions who have acclimatised to living here in the cooler temperatures of The Trossachs.

As well as the lions, you should see chimps, macaque monkeys (very cheeky), rhino, antelope, giraffe, camels, cute meercats, lemurs, and sealions – which take part in a daily show. Don’t forget to keep car windows shut when you drive through the enclosures. Many of the animals can be seen on foot, however, via walkways.


What else is there to do and see at Blair Drummond Safari Park?


Apart from seeing all the animals, there’s loads of other entertainment at the safari park. The outdoor play area has a fort and pirate ship. The whole adventure play park is great for the little’uns to run free. And there’s a few rides (which cost extra), too, including spinning teacups, dodgems, and a wee train ride. There are pedal boats and a big glide slide, which are free. They’ve even got a
dinosaur enclosure, and the inhabitants, including a 21m diplodocus and lifesize T-rex move and make noises controlled by infrared sensors… Don’t feed the prehistoric animals!


Animal experiences at Blair Drummond Safari Park


If you have a very dedicated animal lover in your group, an animal experience would be the ideal day out. Blair Drummond has Keeper For The Day sessions, as well as up-close sessions with the giraffes and also the lemurs. There’s even a Junior Keeper Experience. Find out more about all the animal experiences here.


Is there somewhere to eat at Blair Drummond Safari Park?


Your animal family won’t go hungry. There are almost too many food options to choose from (some only open at the weekends). There’s a taco and ice-cream place, a café, dessert bar, donut seller, wood-fired pizza outlet, a main restaurant, and a safari shack serving burgers and the like. You can also bring your own picnic, or even cook your own by hiring a park barbecue.


Do I need to book to go to the Safari Park near Stirling?


That’s an unequivocal yes. They only accept online bookings. So, yes, please book online before you head to the Stirling safari park.


Is the Blair Drummond Safari Park open all year?


The safari park is open seven days a week, from about mid-March until just before Christmas. They shut from the end of December to March.



As well as the world-class fishing here on the Lake of Menteith, Scotland is home to some of the best fishing on the planet in Highland rivers, lochs, and all along the indented west coast, many easily reached on a day trip from Lochend.


We have fantastic walking trails right here on our doorstep, however we are also no more than 90 minutes from the hiker’s heaven that is Glencoe, and only two hours from the foot of the magnificent Ben Nevis, which is Britain’s highest peak.


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