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Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

Visit one of Scotland's top attractions for an incredible family day out. Come and view giraffes, lions, elephant, tigers, and meerkats. Take your chances with the cheeky monkeys in the Park's famous Macaque Drive-thru, walk with free-roaming lemurs in Lemur Land, catch the popular bird of prey flying displays, and meet the dinosaurs - all included in the price of your entry ticket.

Safari Drive

There over 300 rare and exotic animals at Blair Drummond Safari Park. You can drive your own car through the animal reserves and get up close to camels, rhinos, deer, antelopes and a pride of lions. Keep an eye out for the troop of monkeys in the Safari Park's famous Macaque Drive-Thru. And don't forget to close your windows!

Adventure Play

Burn off some energy in the popular play park which is home to a giant play fort, a pirate ship, swings and a sandpit. Have a go on the pedal boats, astroglide, and go-karts - all of which are included in your entry price.

California Cove

Blair Drummond's sea lions are finally back and enjoying their brand new habitat, California Cove.   The indoor sea lion display won’t restart until later in the year, but you will be able to see them in their outdoor pool and find out more about their care in live training demonstrations, which take place twice a day.

Meerkat Mansions

Visitors can now view the meerkats in a new indoor habitat, with floor-to-ceiling glass viewing areas. This new indoor space is also fully wheelchair accessible, so everyone can enjoy all the cheeky antics of the meerkats. And with much more room to play, dig and show off, there's plenty to see.

Meet the Dinosaurs

The dinosaur exhibit has over 20 life size dinosaurs, including velociraptors, triceratops, stegosaurus, flying pteranodon and an oviraptor with eggs. The largest dinosaur is a 21m diplodocus, and the most fearsome is the iconic T-Rex. ‘Dinosaurs at Blair Drummond’ is a permanent attraction which was opened in 2020. Entry is included in the price of admission.

A troop of free-roaming lemurs live at the Safari Park. You can walk with them through the trees, as they play above you. But watch out, lemurs are very curious creatures and like to say hello!

Bird of Prey Presentation

Catch one of the spectacular outdoor birds of prey flying demonstrations which take place three times a day.

Animal Talks

Want to find out more about your favourite animals?  Come and meet the education team at interactive animal talks throughout the day.

Accessibility

The Safari Park has excellent access for wheelchairs, prams and buggies. There are baby changing facilities, ample disabled parking spots and a 'Changing Places' toilet.

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  • On Public Transport Route
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  • No Pets Allowed
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  • Wheelchairs or mobility aids provided
  • Partially suitable for visitors with limited mobility
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  • Wheelchair access throughout
  • Level access to bar
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  • Accessible toilets
  • Level access to leisure facilities
  • Wet room or level entry shower
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  • Vegan Meals Available
  • Gluten Free
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  • Kosher Meals
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Blair Drummond Safari Park

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park in Stirlingshire is Scotland’s only safari park. This family-friendly attraction is home to over 350 animals, many of which are free to roam the 120-acre estate. Visitors can enjoy a drive through several enclosures before entering a large animal-themed adventure park that features a zoo, fun-fair rides, restaurants and cafes, and play parks.

Blair Drummond Safari Park

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, the park contains several 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 car and get some great close-up views of the free-roaming animals before heading into the adventure park on foot. Once inside the park, there are lots of attractions to keep visitors entertained such as Lemur Land, Chimp Island, the bird of prey habitat, and Pets Farm, to name a few.

Other attractions include fairground rides and amusements, a pirate ship and adventure fort, as well as a boat safari, pedal boats, dodgems, a rollercoaster, and a carousel. Meanwhile, food and drink are catered for with a restaurant and several snack outlets.

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park also has a more serious side as it’s involved with conservation initiatives like the Giraffe Conservation Foundation  and the AfriCat Foundation . In addition, the park’s education team regularly gives talks on the elephants, tigers, rhinos, and other animals they care for.

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The Highlights

1: Drummond Safari Park provides a unique opportunity to see a wide range of animals in drive-through reserves and walk-around areas. Visitors can enjoy close-up views of exotic species like lions, rhinos, giraffes, and elephants, all from the safety and comfort of their own vehicles.

2: The park isn’t just about animal viewing; it also offers adventure and play areas designed for children. These include outdoor playgrounds, a giant astraglide slide, pedal boats, and a flying fox zip wire.

1: The park participates in breeding programmes for endangered species and works with various conservation projects. Visitors can learn about these efforts and gain insight into the importance of preserving our natural world through educational talks and interactive displays.

Visiting Tips

1: Since many activities are outdoors, the weather can impact your experience. Dress appropriately and consider taking waterproof clothing or sunscreen, depending on the conditions.

2: To avoid lines and potentially save money, purchase your tickets online before your visit. This can also help you take advantage of online discounts or special offers.

3: The park can get busy, especially on weekends and during school holidays. Arriving early not only helps you beat the crowds but also gives you a full day to explore without feeling rushed.

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Tourist Information

There are 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 the animals on display. There are four main reserves to drive through, and each one showcases animals from various parts of the world in habitats that have been designed to be as close as possible to their own natural environments.

The African reserve features non-carnivorous native African species like zebras 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 the lions once you’ve finished the drive-through safari.

The other two reserves are the Monkey Jungle, which houses a troop of Barbary macaques, and the Asian Reserve, which contains herbivores native to Asia such as deer and camels. All the reserves are well-maintained, and the animals appear to be very happy in their habitats, which is great to see.

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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. In this area, visitors will see African elephants, rhinos, and giraffes alongside great apes on Chimp Island and ring-tailed lemurs in Lemur Land.

Next to Lemur Land is a lake that you can explore on a pedal boat, but if you prefer 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.

If you have children and they’re not too exhausted after seeing all the animals, you can take them to a couple of other areas to burn off their remaining energy. First is an enormous wooden fort that has a bird’s nest and slides, and second is a pirate ship that can be found inside a giant sandpit.

Both play parks have picnic benches and BBQ areas nearby, or you can use the on-site restaurant and cafe. There’s also an outside dining area that allows parents to keep watch while the kids are having fun.

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Things to Do

Safari Drive-Thru : Embark on an exciting self-drive safari to see zebras, ostriches, bison, and monkeys roam free in the park. Don’t forget to make sure all your windows are closed as you drive, and if you have a convertible, make sure the roof is up before you enter the lion enclosure!

Keeper Talks : The team at Blair Drummond Safari Park holds daily talks about the most popular animals, including what they like to eat, where they come from, and how they manage to survive in the challenging conditions of the modern world. Conservation is a key aspect of the talks, but they’re also fun and engaging for children.

Sea Lion Show: Enjoy the clever California sea lions’ daily live training demonstrations as they display their agility skills. The keepers also provide insightful commentary about the natural behaviours of these animals in a show that’s easily one of the most popular in the entire park.

Bird of Prey Centre : See an incredible collection of eagles, hawks, and owls at the Bird of Prey Centre. The daily flying demonstrations are a must-see, as you can watch these magnificent creatures soar through the sky and learn about their crucial role in the ecosystem.

Adventure Playground : The park’s adventure playground is a fun-filled area with a fortress, pirate ship, and giant slides. Kids can burn off energy while parents relax in a nearby seating area with a coffee in hand, knowing their children are in a safe and secure environment. The playground is designed to be inclusive, so children of all abilities can enjoy it.

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Things to Do Nearby

Doune Castle . Castle Hill, Doune, FK16 6EA. 10-minute drive. A mediaeval castle with one of the largest curtain walls in Scotland. Doune Castle is located near the River Teith in the historic village of Doune. It is famous for being the filming site for Monty Python, Outlander, and Game of Thrones.

Stirling Castle . Upper Castlehill, Stirling, FK8 1EN. 11-minute drive. One of the largest castles in Scotland and second only to Edinburgh Castle in importance, this 12th-century fortification was the original seat of power for the nation’s royalty. Today, it offers tourists permanent exhibitions, renovated rooms complete with period furniture and paintings, a café, and a shop.

Deanston Distillery . Teith Rd., Deanston, Doune, FK16 6AG. 6-minute drive. Located in a former cotton mill, this distillery on the banks of the River Teith offers guided whisky tours, tasting experiences, a shop, and a café.

Briarlands Farm . Blair Drummond, Stirling FK9 4UP. 2-minute drive. A farm-themed zoo is situated behind the safari park. This family-friendly attraction features a petting zoo, go-karting, a field maze, berry picking, play parks, and tractor rides.

River Teith . 10-minute drive. This picturesque river is the setting for lots of relaxing walks along its banks, which can be visited from almost any point along its length. The river is renowned both for its fishing and for the arched bridge that crosses it half a mile southwest of Doune village.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you go to blair drummond safari park without a car.

Blair Drummond Safari Park features a drive-through safari that makes it very convenient for visitors with cars. However, it’s not strictly necessary to have a car to visit, as a large part of it can be walked around. The closest major town is Stirling, from which you can take a taxi or a local bus service. Note that some attractions within the park, like the drive-through safari, are designed only for motor vehicles.

How long does Blair Drummond Safari Park take?

The drive through the safari park takes around 30 minutes. The theme park area can take an hour to an entire day, depending on how much time is spent at each attraction and animal enclosure.

Do you need a car for Blair Drummond Safari Park?

A car is required for the safari park drive. Public transportation is available for accessing the theme park area on foot (buses #59, 160, and S60, X10A stop at the entrance).

Is Blair Drummond open all year?

Blair Drummond Safari Park is a seasonal attraction and is open from spring to autumn only, from mid-March onwards.

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Blair Drummond Safari Park | Walk Through Sections 

The following sections are all included with admission and available to visit an unlimited number of times across the day at no additional cost (minus any food/drink purchases).  During the day of our visit, Scotland was still living under some Coronavirus restrictions and the boat trips to chimp island were not in operation. I expect these would be fantastic so fingers crossed they return soon. Instead, there is a walkway where you can view the island. Even with our binoculars, we didn't get the best view of the chimps but I guess it is the luck of the draw. 

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One of the real selling points of Blair Drummond is this huge play fort. There is also a pirate ship play area and a fairly forest in the same area. Plenty of seating for adults (or some brought a picnic blanket) and like us, it is a brill place to let the kids burn some energy after lunch. Obviously, our kids are older but I imagine with toddlers trying to keep an eye on them in here might be a bit of a nightmare. Fun though!  There are lots of swings and slides, a giant astro-glide slide and zip wire. You can see the food court overlooking the pirate ship below. 

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Top Tips for Visiting Blair Drummond Safari Park 

  • Pre-book tickets online and google for discount deals before you visit as there are often offers available
  • Complete the drive through section on arrival and then again as you leave - get your money's worth 
  • Bring a picnic/food for the BBQ which are free to hire. The car park is very accessible and easy to reach from the main park 
  • There is an undercover seating area and buggy store (although the park is pushchair friendly)
  • You are given a map on arrival with a suggested route. We followed this and it worked well / we didn't miss anything 
  • Agree a budget for rides before you visit (or agree that rides are not park of the day). I suggest £5.
  • Don't miss the birds of prey show - check times on arrival and get there around 15 minutes before it starts
  • The park has free WiFi 
  • Keep your windows up when driving through the safari area and follow the safety guidance 
  • During the summer months, the park is open late and closes at 7/9pm on some evenings. There is no need to rush around
  • We spent 6/7 hours there but could have spent longer - especially if we visited the fairground, let the kids play on the fort for longer and completed the drive through more than once 
  • Check out the suggested accommodation options here . You can camp/glamp/take your caravan to nearby Blair Drummond Safari Park and book multi-entry tickets from the site reception
  • The closest Premier Inn is (affiliate ad) Premier Inn Stirling South  which has 5* reviews, left luggage facilities, free on site parking and is a 12 minute drive away
  • If you'd like to make a weekend of it, I recommend combining a visit with the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies, Glasgow Science Museum/Open Top Bus Tour or Stirling Castle. All fantastic attractions! 

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Overall, we did enjoy our day at Blair Drummond. It has a nice range of activities on offer and it is the kind of place you can spend a full day. Personally, I would visit if I was in the area but probably wouldn't make a special day trip unless it was part of a longer break. I would also keep an eye on the on-going whistle blowing / animal welfare situation and news before deciding on if we should visit again.  Check out our other zoo reviews below: 

  • Tips for visiting Chester Zoo from Newcastle 
  • Chester Zoo and Blackpool Tower Bus Trip 
  • 10 UK Zoos where you can stay overnight 
  • West Midlands Safari Park 
  • Twycross Zoo 
  • Blackpool Zoo 
  • Edinburgh Zoo 

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Home to over 300 animals, Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure park offers an exciting experience getting up close to the animals. Choose from some of the more tailed animal experiences or enjoy a safari day out with the whole family.

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Located on a beautiful 160-acre estate just outside Stirling, Blair Drummond is one of the area’s most popular visitor attractions and home to some of its most fascinating inhabitants.  There are over 300 animals at Blair Drummond, including giraffes, tigers, and chimpanzees, all cared for by an expert team of keepers and vets.

With activities to suit all ages, this is a full day out! You’ll get up close and personal with lions, rhinos, and monkeys in the drive-thru reserves, come face to face with lemurs in their walk-through enclosure, and learn about the safari park’s role in the conservation of endangered species at educational animal talks throughout the day.  You can even meet the dinosaurs in their prehistoric forest… if you’re brave enough!

Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at your favourite animals?  Book in for one of the thrilling animal experiences. Become a keeper for the day and create some memories that you’ll never forget!

Facilities include indoor restaurant, takeaway taco bar, wood-fired pizza hut, BBQ and picnic areas, viewing platforms and an AMAZING adventure play area.

Open seven days a week, from 10.00am until 5.30pm.

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Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park : Drive through our wild animal reserves and see rhinos (inc. baby Mazumba), giraffes, elephants, lions, tigers, bears, zebra, bison and Lemur Land! Enjoy our sea-lion shows and bird of prey displays. Take a boat trip to visit our chimps on their island. Restaurant, café, picnic and barbecue areas. Disabled access and parenting facilities. Open Mar – 31 Oct 2010. Adult £11.50, Children (3-14 yrs incl.)/Seniors/Special Needs/Carers (with ID) £8.00 Under 3’s free.

4 miles from Stirling on A84.  www.blairdrummond.com   Tel: 01786 841456

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Had a really fun time here, with lot’s of animals to see. Thank you to the staff member for the... read more

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Been wanting to go to this park since we moved to Scotland ok it was raining but still had tons to... read more

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Another fab day out. We love visiting a couple of times a year. So much to do and staff are always so friendly. On this occasion I ‘lost’ my 4 year old as she took off down the tiger ramp just in front of us and disappeared. I spoke to a staff member, he was amazing. On the radio immediately with her description, all whilst keeping me calm. And within about 3 minutes staff had found her. We really enjoyed the wizard show too. He was very very funny. Can’t wait to come back.

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're glad that you had a lovely day out at the Safari Park. It's great to know that our staff were efficient in finding your daughter. We value all your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.

I have visited this place with my husband and our 4 year old daughter. We loved every aspect of it…the beautiful view with the castle, the playground, the animals, the amusement park. The meerkats were super cute. Donut was delicious. We loved watching the ants working and moving around. It was so funny when a male monkey climbed onto our car and everyone started taking photos of it. We stayed more than 4 hours and were not able to see everything (okay, we might played too much😀) I felt both relaxed and adrenaline-rushed after leaving.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We are delighted that you loved the Safar Park and every aspect of it. We appreciate all your lovely comments and hope to see you again soon.

From penguins to lions, we loved seeing all the different animals. The enclosures looked well kept and outside areas were clean and tidy. What really impressed us were the keepers, even though it was late in the day the lion and lemur keepers took time to ask us if we were enjoying the park and chatted to us about the animals. That’s a lovely touch which my daughter particularly enjoyed. We finished with a drive through the safari area which finished it off perfectly. We bought tickets for a 3pm entry as you get them for £7 each rather than £21- that’s a great bit of marketing as we probably wouldn’t have gone if we had to pay £21 each. We left happy.

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Thank you for your 5 star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit at the Safari Park. We appreciate all your lovely comments and hope to see you again soon.

Had the Giraffe experience today with my girlfriend as part of her birthday, and it was amazing! Can't fault the experience at all, shout out to Jordan for hosting it, I don't know how he managed to fill in almost the full 30 mins telling us facts and other info about the giraffes with hardly any prompts from us, it was impressive! Plus he was just generally a really nice, friendly guy who clearly loves his job and the animals. The main event was obviously hand feeding the giraffes which was very special, overall would highly recommend this particular experience for anyone considering it. In terms of the park itself after we were finished with the experience, I feel we were unlucky with the weather as it rained all day and it maybe affected our experience! We expected it to be quiet due to this which we usually like, but it was absolutely deserted and it made it feel kind of eery and gave it a run down/abandoned kind of vibe, so maybe consider the weather when visiting which we unfortunately didn't have the option of as we had the experience booked a long time in advance. A good side to this however was that even though there was barely anyone in the park, almost everywhere was fully staffed probably even over staffed which meant you got a great customer service experience, we ate lunch in the indoor restaurant and the food was very good (albeit a bit on the pricey side but you kind of expect that in a place like this), the service was great and really quick. If you wanted to bring your own lunch there was ample places where you could have it even with the rain as there is plenty of sheltered seating areas outside. We also had great service from the woman in the gift shop as my girlfriend was looking for giraffe ears (they had a few others but not giraffe ones in the shop) and after asking she radioed the main office and asked if they had any there which they did so she charged us and told us to take the receipt to the main office on our way out and we could pick them up. I had some trouble determining which building was the main office on the way out but I was lucky enough to bump in to Jordan again, who hosted our giraffe experience earlier in the day, on his way out and he pointed me in the right direction. I was very impressed with the animal enclosures, lots of enrichment around and most of them have a load of space which is great to see, especially in the drive through reserve. The only comment I'd make is that outwith the reserve, everything else is pretty much in the same central area surrounding the rides/shops/restaurants which makes it very easy to see everything in a short space of time, there is a lot of unused/available space outside of that so it might be nice to have everything a bit more spread out or even some new animals/enclosures eventually. The only thing we didn't see was the Chimps, it was signposted at the start of the path down to them that they might be inside because it's cold but we took a walk down anyway and unfortunately they were not visible, not surprising with the weather! But it would be nice if there was some sort of indoor viewing space or even just a window. Overall we had a great day and I'm sure it would have been even more amazing if it had stayed dry or even if the Scottish sun made a rare appearance! It's definitely worth a visit to the park, even more so if you have kids as there's loads for them to do. I would love to come back soon and do one of the keeper for a day experiences.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review. We are delighted that you had a great day out at the Safari Park. It sounds like your Giraffe Experience exceeded your expectations. We are delighted that you were happy with Jordan's delivery of the experience. He is a well respected member of the education team and we value his passion and enthusiasm. The weather was not great when you visited us. We are an outdoor attraction and the weather conditions are out with our control. We appreciate that this might have affected your overall experience. It's great to know that despite the unpleasant weather conditions you acknowledged our staff and their great customer service skills. We are grateful for your comments and suggestions in regards to our animals enclosures. We value all your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.

I thought the number of activities available for all ages was great. My little one loved the buckets and spades in the big sandpit and the dinosaurs these were a big hit and really wonderful to include this for children. The weather stayed really dry and sunny so my kids loved spending a good chunk of time in the play areas. We managed to go along to the presentations which were also excellent, Rory was very informative and did not talk too long, so my youngest didn't get bored. he spoke in a way that really kept the little ones engaged and hanging on every word he said, very well done! Peter and Sheldon doing the bird show were great, very entertaining and knowledgeable. Same goes for the sea lion keeper at the 3pm sea lion show. Really good day, thank you to the whole team!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. It sounds like you enjoyed your visit at the Safari Park. It's great to know that you appreciated all the animal talks and Bird of Prey display. We are glad that you had a really good day out and we hope to see you again soon.

Well I hadn't been before...we would definitely come again..it was fab You get a great mix of driving through the reserve, viewing platforms and some shows. The animal talks are fab..a young lady was very knowledgeable about the Chimps ( sorry forgot your name) Special shout out to a fab young man called Rory..we followed his talks on giraffes, rhinos and tigers..he was incredibly interesting and knowledgeable. He was great with the kids too..a definite asset Also there is plenty for kids to do..such as boat rides, slides and the wonderful dinosaur land with moving dinosaurs! I cannot recommend Blair Drummond Safari Park highly enough

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We are delighted that your first visit at the Safari Park was fabulous. It's great to know that you appreciated our animal talks delivered by knowledgeable staff. We value your lovely feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Blair Drummond Safari Park Review – When we drove away from Blair Drummond Safari Park Mr Toddler, who isn’t known to say much, uttered very clearly, ‘That was an adventure”. A profound statement. And he’s right. The last time I was at Blair Drummond I was about ten, and I hoped it would live up to my rose-tinted memories. It did.

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Drive Through Safari – Blair Drummond Safari Park Review

Starting with the ‘drive through safari’ the highlight is definitely the lions with their cubs, which are as cute as they sound. Drivers enter through double gates to access the lion enclosure so there is a clear sense of anticipation before you meet the king of beasts. From there you drive into the gated monkey enclosure, with warning signs that the monkeys may well jump on your car. Visitors get very close to these lively animals – though we didn’t see one jumping on a vehicle or yanking off windscreen wipers which was hugely disappointing.

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Chimp Island

Having left the gated lion/monkey danger zone we parked up and took our buggy everywhere. Where Blair Drummond excels is that it’s split into areas and each one is an experience/mini adventure in its own right. Sailing to chimp island is a fantastic example – take to the water and float past the chilling chimps (which are ‘apes, not monkeys’ we were told over the tannoy as Mr Toddler continued to shout ‘Monkeys’ loudly regardless of what anyone told him).

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Animals on View – Blair Drummond Safari Park Review

We went high in the sky to the viewing platform to see the giraffes at their own height. The elephant, tigers, rhinoceros and its baby were other headline beasts that kids and adults are equally mesmerised by.

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Mr Toddler was delighted to meet Peso (the penguins), Mr Husband’s highlight was the birds of prey and I liked walking through the forest to find the lemurs and finding the most spaced out meerkat enjoying the unusually hot autumn sun.

These are just our highlights, there were many more animals to see – sea lions, zebras, deer, bison, antelope, llamas, alpacas, giant tortoises, wallabies and a farmyard area with the more familiar hens, rabbits and goats etc.

Bearing in mind that we were having such a chilled day we didn’t go to any of the feeding times, keeper talks or demonstrations there’s clearly so much more to do and information to gain if visitors timed their walks to coincide with scheduled events.

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Child Friendly – Blair Drummond Safari Park Review

Lastly Blair Drummond needs to be recognised for how exceptionally child friendly a destination it is. With the animals on show people will come, they will visit regardless, the venue doesn’t have to make the exceptional effort that it does, but this attraction has thought of almost everything.

On the big scale the play areas are epic, even I enjoyed the slides, there are pedaloes on a boating lake and there’s a sandpit with hidden tokens which represent a prize. But it’s the small things that count – when I took Mr Toddler to the toilet there were little inner toilet seats for small people and little steps to help them reach the sinks to wash their wee hands. This is the very first attraction I’ve visited that catered for him in this way and it made my life just a little bit easier – he is clearly a valued customer, not just a kid.

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Another key point is that Blair Drummond was mobbed when we visited, but it didn’t feel busy.  There is ample parking, the restaurant and its young staff power out hearty food at a rate of knots, there are lots of toilets – this venue can accommodate a lot of people without taking away from your individual experience as it’s a slick operation.  As we sat in the sun outdoors eating lunch with lots of other families I realised how lucky we were.

There were tears that day as the kids didn’t want to leave the lions, the play park etc. but as we drove away, and after Mr Toddler muttered his memorable ‘That was an Adventure’, he and his brother promptly fell asleep. An exhausting adventure no doubt.

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Brought back great memories of a trip we had to Blair Drummond when our son was little. We loved it.

I loved it when I was little too. Great day out.

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Blair Drummond Safari Park – A Scottish Zoo

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We visited Blair Drummond Safari Park on a dreary day on an otherwise sunny week in Scotland. The attached campsite made an excellent base for the week, and we borrowed a car to check out the safari section of the safari park. It wasn’t my favourite zoo for many reasons, but it made an enjoyable day out for the two Travels with Ted children and their cousin.

Vehicle Safari

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Unless you choose otherwise, you will start your trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park with the drive-thru safari. This driving safari has all the classics, including lions, rhino and, of course, car-destroying macaques. The safari passes through four enclosures and doesn’t take as long as other zoo driving safaris. It is a gimmick that will get the kids excited but not worth making a special detour to this zoo to experience.

Playgrounds and Food Options

The kids would quite happily have spent most of the day on the enormous adventure playground. The two older ones (age 5 and 6) raced from bottom to top repeatedly. The smallest (age 4) preferred the pirate ship and fairy trail. 

There are numerous food options around the play area and dinosaurs. Whether you want a coffee and cake or a pizza, there is something for you.

Animals at Blair Drummond

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The Safari Park has a good range of different animals. All the high-end African giants are present. At the other end of the scale from rhinos and elephants is the petting farm with goats, pigs and rabbits. The sea lions, in particular, were a big hit with the children.

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The bird show was also terrific, although a little stunted due to the poor weather. There were plenty of opportunities to get up close to the beautiful birds.

Blair Drummond’s Dinosaurs

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The dinosaurs are one of the newest attractions at Blair Drummond, and the displays are some of the better ones I have seen. (We are experts – see this post on the Best Dinosaur Attractions in the UK.) The trail had all the classics, including a T-rex and oversized velociraptors. The children especially enjoyed the photo-ops at the end of the dinosaur walk.

As soon as you exit your car from the drive-thru safari, you are hit with a cacophony of fairground rides. The rides cost extra, so we hurried the children past and towards the animals. If you want to ride a mini rollercoaster or go on the teacups, the option is there.

Other Rides and Attractions

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Blair Drummond Safari Park features several other free attractions. Some help you get closer to the animals, while others are just for fun. The children couldn’t resist a boat ride, so we took out a pedalo, just in time for a heavy rain shower.

You will discover lots of little educational displays, many of which are interactive. Photo-ops are also sprinkled throughout the zoo. 

Many of the extras were closed during our visit due to Covid restrictions, including the boat ride to see the chimpanzees. The cynic in me couldn’t help but note that the expensive to run free attractions were closed while the fairground rides were very much open.

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Is Blair Drummond Safari Park Worth Visiting?

The big plus points for Blair Drummond were its impressive playgrounds and the dinosaur trail. It is worth a visit if you think you will spend a lot of time on these. The animals were also good, but nothing exceptional that I haven’t seen at other zoos. The drive-thru safari was also not as good as others I have experienced. The other attractions were disappointing, although this might have been different if more of them had been open. 

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Blair Drummond Safari Park is a thrilling and enchanting destination that offers an unforgettable wildlife experience. Located in Stirling, Scotland, this renowned safari park has been captivating visitors since its inception. With its vast collection of exotic animals, interactive exhibits, and breathtaking scenery, Blair Drummond Safari Park has become a top choice for nature enthusiasts, families, and wildlife lovers alike.

In this article, we will delve into 15 captivating facts about Blair Drummond Safari Park that highlight its unique offerings and make it a must-visit attraction. From its fascinating history to its conservation efforts, we will explore the various aspects that make this safari park an extraordinary place to visit. So, let’s embark on a virtual journey to Blair Drummond Safari Park and uncover the wonders it has to offer!

Key Takeaways:

  • Blair Drummond Safari Park in Scotland is home to over 350 animals, including majestic lions and playful monkeys. Visitors can hand-feed animals, enjoy sea lion shows, and support conservation efforts.
  • Visitors to Blair Drummond Safari Park can embark on a thrilling drive-through safari, observe chimpanzees on Chimp Island, and learn about endangered species conservation. The park also offers educational talks, convenient facilities, and seasonal events for a memorable experience.

A Wild Journey in Scotland

Blair Drummond Safari Park, located near Stirling in Scotland, offers a captivating wildlife experience for visitors of all ages. With its stunning landscape and diverse animal collection, it promises an adventure like no other.

Home to Over 350 Animals

The safari park is home to a remarkable variety of animals, housing over 350 different species from around the world. From majestic lions to playful monkeys, visitors can witness the wonders of the animal kingdom up close.

Drive-Through Safari Experience

One of the main attractions at Blair Drummond is the unique drive-through safari experience. Visitors can embark on a thrilling journey through different zones, encountering free-roaming animals such as zebras, rhinos, and giraffes.

Opportunities to Hand-Feed Animals

At Blair Drummond, visitors have the incredible opportunity to hand-feed some of the animals. From giraffes delicately taking food from your hand to feeding farm animals in the petting zoo, it’s a truly interactive and memorable experience.

Boat Safari on Chimp Island

One of the highlights of Blair Drummond Safari Park is the boat safari to Chimp Island. Visitors can hop on a boat and cruise around the island to observe the chimpanzees in their natural habitat, learning about their behavior and conservation efforts.

A Haven for Endangered Species

Blair Drummond takes pride in its commitment to conservation and is involved in various initiatives to help protect endangered species. It actively supports breeding programs and educational campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife preservation.

Exciting Sea Lion Shows

The park offers entertaining sea lion shows that both educate and captivate audiences. Watch as these talented marine mammals showcase their agility, intelligence, and natural abilities in a fun and engaging performance.

Elephant Valley

Blair Drummond is home to Elephant Valley, a spacious and natural habitat for these magnificent creatures. Visitors can observe the elephants in their surroundings, learn about their conservation, and even have the chance to participate in feeding sessions.

African Safari Drive

Step into the African plains as you embark on the African Safari Drive at Blair Drummond. This thrilling experience allows visitors to get close to animals like ostriches, antelopes, and wildebeests while driving through their expansive enclosure.

Enter the world of lemurs at Blair Drummond’s Lemur Land. Visitors can watch these playful primates leaping from tree to tree and observe their charming social behavior in a specially designed habitat that resembles their native Madagascar.

Adventure Playground for Kids

Blair Drummond Safari Park isn’t just about wildlife; it also boasts an adventure playground for children to enjoy. With slides, climbing frames, and interactive play areas, kids can have a blast while surrounded by nature.

Educational Talks and Demonstrations

The park offers a range of educational talks and demonstrations throughout the day, providing visitors with interesting insights into animal behavior, conservation efforts, and the importance of protecting our natural world.

Convenient Facilities and Services

Blair Drummond Safari Park ensures visitors have a comfortable and enjoyable experience with various facilities and services. These include picnic areas, cafes, gift shops, and even a nappy changing area for families with young children.

Seasonal Events and Festivities

With the changing seasons, Blair Drummond Safari Park hosts special events and festivities, adding more excitement to the visit. From Halloween-themed activities to Christmas celebrations, there’s always something unique to look forward to.

Supporting Local and Global Conservation

By visiting Blair Drummond Safari Park, you are not only immersing yourself in an incredible wildlife experience but also contributing to conservation efforts. The park actively supports local and global initiatives to protect endangered species and their habitats.

Blair Drummond Safari Park truly offers an unforgettable adventure for nature enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, and families seeking a unique day out. With its diverse range of animals, interactive experiences, and commitment to conservation, it is no wonder that it remains a top attraction in Scotland.

Blair Drummond Safari Park is not just an ordinary wildlife park, it is a captivating and immersive experience that allows visitors to get up close and personal with an incredible array of animals. From lions and elephants to penguins and meerkats, this park offers a unique opportunity to observe and learn about these magnificent creatures.

With its stunning location, exciting attractions, and informative educational programs, Blair Drummond Safari Park is a must-visit destination for animal lovers of all ages. So, if you ever find yourself in Scotland, make sure to add this remarkable safari park to your itinerary. It will undoubtedly be an unforgettable adventure filled with thrilling encounters and fascinating wildlife.

1. Are there any age restrictions for visiting Blair Drummond Safari Park?

There are no age restrictions for visiting the safari park. It is suitable for people of all ages, from young children to adults.

2. Can we bring our own food and drinks inside the park?

Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the park. However, there are several dining options available within the park where you can enjoy a delicious meal.

3. Is it possible to feed the animals at Blair Drummond Safari Park?

Feeding the animals is not permitted for safety reasons. However, you can observe the animals during their feeding times and even learn about their dietary habits from the park’s knowledgeable staff.

4. Are there any interactive experiences available at the park?

Yes, Blair Drummond Safari Park offers various interactive experiences, such as the Lemur Land, Giraffe Feeding, and Sea Lion Presentation, where visitors can get even closer to some of the animals and learn more about them.

5. Can we bring our pets along when visiting the park?

No, pets are not allowed inside the park for the safety and well-being of both the animals and visitors.

6. Is Blair Drummond Safari Park wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the park is wheelchair accessible with designated parking spaces, ramps, and accessible facilities throughout the premises.

7. Can we purchase tickets online in advance?

Yes, you can purchase tickets online in advance on the Blair Drummond Safari Park’s official website. This will save you time and ensure your entry to the park on your preferred date.

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Located just outside Stirling, around a 35-minute drive from here at Loch Lomond Waterfront, Blair Drummond Safari Park is a fantastic family day out . There’s the expected drive-through safari, with monkeys, lions and other large animals. But you can also visit all the animals in the park on foot! And with over 300 of them to see, from local farm animals to the rare and exotic, you’re in for a busy day! The park recommends at least 3 to 4 hours to see the main sights, but you can easily spend the whole day there with epic adventure play areas, rides, picnic benches, restaurants, and the option to book a full-size BBQ. It really is an action-packed, fun-filled family day out!

Safari Drive

After enjoying a day of playing, exploring and viewing amazing animals, its time to get in the car for the safari drive. This is where you can take your own vehicle through the Blair Drummond reserves. The drive takes around 30 minutes. Look out for creatures such as lions, rhinos, antelope, monkeys, camels and deer. This section can be driven multiple times if you choose. But before you do the drive, you can enjoy a full day of animals on foot.

Animal Viewing

In addition to the drive-through reserves, there is more plenty to see in the rest of the park. From penguins, rhinos, zebra’s giraffes, meerkats, lemurs, chimps and so so much more… Plus there are keeper talks and animal displays to enjoy. Including birds-of-prey displays and sea lion presentations. Plus super viewing platforms above core enclosures, and a walkway around a farm animal section. Whatsmore, you can now step back in time on a roaring, life-sized, dinosaur exhibition.

Adventure Play Park & Family Rides

For the children, the adventure play park is lots of fun. With an enormous fort for climbing, sliding, and running wild, to a pirate ship and a hidden fairyland wood. So the little ones can let off plenty of steam and let their imaginations run wild! Not to mention a swing park, slides and family fun rides for all to enjoy. So jump on board for a mini jeep safari, play in the mini bumpers, or test your head for heights on our giant humped slide.

Food and drink

And if you are hungry, Blair Drummond Safari has plenty of food stalls throughout the family attraction. And a food court, with plenty of places to grab hot or cold food and drinks. With burgers, pizzas, tacos, ice-creams, and sandwiches are all on offer. But if you’d prefer to bring your own, there are benches and spaces for picnics. You can also use the BBQs at the park – just ask on arrival.

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Guide last updated: 18 March 2024

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We are one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions and a great choice for a fun family day out.

Blair Drummond Safari Park is home to over 350 rare and exotic animals including lions, tigers, giraffes, monkeys, chimpanzees, meerkats, elephant and penguins. You can drive through our safari reserves, watch our bird of prey shows, go wild in our adventure play area, and explore one of the UK’s top dinosaur attractions, with more than twenty moving, roaring, life-size animated dinosaurs. ROARsome!

We are committed to making our attraction as accessible as possible for all our visitors. 

Please get in touch if you require any further information about access or need advice on planning your visit.

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Level access

There is level access from the main entrance to:

There is level access from the car park to:

Access with steps

There are steps from the main entrance to:

Travel by public transport

The new pedestrian path is created alond Lime Avenue and is accessible for wheelchairs and prams. The surface is tarmacked.  

Travel by taxi

The Safari Park is easily accessed by car and our large car park is located next to the animal enclosures and attractions. Bus transport to visitors without vehicles is no longer available. 

Path to main entrance

Main entrance

Blair Drummond Safari Park is easily accessed by car. Visitors are required to pre-book their tickets online. The admission tickets are no longer sold at the ticket booths. Pre-booked tickets will be scanned at our ticket booths, located at the main entrance. Visitors will make their way to the drive-through reserves or directly to the car park without having to leave their vehicle.

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Ticket Office

There is no wheelchair access into the Ticket Office. Visitors have to pre-book tickets online. They can get information online prior to their visit, or on arrival from our ticket booths which are all accessible by car. 

Ticket Office

Things to See and Do

Drive-thru Reserves

Our four drive-thru reserves can be accessed by car, minibus or coach. All visitors driving through these areas must stay in their vehicles and keep windows closed. Our Safari Bus is not running. This means that visitors who arrive without their own transport will be unable to visit the drive-thru. If you don’t have a car, not to worry. The majority of our animals can be viewed from the platforms or animal enclosures.

Pets Farm is an outdoor area and home to animals such as horses, alpacas, rabbits and guinea pigs, penguins, goats, sheep, meerkats, and lemurs. There is a hard-surface pathway throughout, fencing with open spaces at various heights and glass viewing panes from floor height. There are opportunities to pet some of the animals, and a handwashing station with wheelchair accessible sinks is located in the farm area. There is also a tiger viewing area in the Pets Farm. 

Access from the top of the park to Pets Farm has a gravel path but part of it is tarmac. Some of the surface is not smooth but it is wheelchair accessible.

Entry to Pets Farm

Tiger viewing platform

The viewing platform is a great way for visitors to see our tigers, and the display panels with information about the animals can be read from a seated position. The ramp leading to the platform has a slight incline and has anti slippery surface.

Our tiger viewing platform is now open for all visitors. Our tigers can be also viewed from an additional area in Pets Farm.

Entry to tiger viewing platform

Amusement rides

Our outdoor amusement area includes dodgems, tea cups and saucers, chairoplanes and astroglide slide. Most rides have some steps including the dodgems — access is by a permanent ramp and a single step — and the astroglide slide has a steep flight of steps.

All rides are supervised by staff members who will be happy to help assist visitors with disabilities. 

Access to dodgems

The outdoor play park has a giant play fort, a new smaller fort, large sandpit, swings and see-saw. The 'crow's nest' and infant swings are both easily accessible, and we also have an undercover play area. There are hard pathways throughout for easy wheelchair and pram access.

There is a brand new Inclusive swing that is available for wheelchair users. This swing is in an enclosed area and is easily accessible through wide gate. 

Undercover play area

Bird of Prey Centre

The Bird of Prey Centre has an outdoor arena where our bird of prey presentations take place three times a day. There is plenty of seating and a designated area for wheelchairs and pushchairs — access is flat and open. 

There is also an enclosed area called Birds of Prey Centre that can be accessed through a doorway which is 780mm wide. There is a permanent ramp and hard flat path, the narrowest point being 2500mm. It is wheelchair and pram accessible. 

Path to Birds of Prey

Lion viewing platform

Visitors can watch the lions from a raised viewing platform which is accessed by permanent ramp — the narrowest point is 990mm. You can also see them from ground level, where there are seating areas. 

Access to lion viewing platform

Rhinoceros House

The Rhinoceros House has outdoor and indoor enclosures, with glazed viewing panes from floor level. 

Rhinoceros House

Elephant House

Elephant House is accessed by a permanent ramp which has a slight incline. You can see our elephant from the outside viewing platform or indoors, accessed via a double door — windows are floor to ceiling. 

Path to Elephant House

Giraffe viewing platform

The giraffe viewing platform has a permanent ramp with a slight incline and viewing glass. Visitors can see the giraffes in their enclosures thanks to a new big viewing window. 

Giraffe viewing platform

Chimp Island

Our vistors can see our chimps from a viewing platform. The path is not smooth but it is accessible by wheelchairs and prams. 

New walkway to chimp viewing area

Pedal boats

There is a flat, hard pathway leading to the pedal boats. Note that there is a step down to pedal boats so wheelchair access is not possible. 

Access to Lemur Land is through double electric doors and the pathway is flat and smooth throughout. It is wheelchair accessible and all the signs are visible from seated position. There is a one-way system. 

Access to Lemur Land

Animal enclosures

The enclosures for our penguins, giraffes, ostrich, rhinos and elephant all have low viewing glass. Our new meerkat enclosure is fully wheelchair accessible. The sea lion enclosure called California Cove is fully wheelchair and pram accessible.

Enclosure for penguins with low viewing glass

Meerkat Mansions

Visitors can now view the meerkats in their outdoor and indoor habitat too, with floor-to-ceiling glass viewing areas. This new indoor space is also fully wheelchair accessible.

Permanent ramp to the meerkat enclosure

Public toilet

Changing Places toilet

You will need RADAR keys to access Changing Places toilet. The RADAR keys are available at the Taco's or amusement ticket booth.

Changing Places hoist system

There are several standard accessible toilets, as well as disabled toilets with raised seats and handrails, and baby changing rooms.

The Gift Shop is situated beside the amusement area. Entranceway to the shop is flat and there is enough space inside to turn a wheelchair or pram.

Gift shop (top) - outside

Place to eat and drink

Food Court Restaurant

The Food Court Restaurant overlooks the play park. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible and has ample indoor and outdoor seating. We also have facilities to warm baby food and an allergens list is available for visitors with food allergies.

Entrance to the restaurant

Taco Bar & Ice-cream parlour - outside

Taco Bar & Ice-cream parlour. The ultimate folded fast-food with a choice of filling and ice-cream offerings. There’s outside seating and the food ordering point is accessible for wheelchair users. New stretch tent has been added to the area providing more undercover seating. It is wheelchair and pram accessible. 

Safari Shack Grill & BBQ - outside

Head to the Safari Shack for a homemade burger, chips and hot dogs. There's level access to the food ordering point and outside seating is available. Open at peak times only. It is wheelachair and pram fully accessible. 

Hot Chocolate Bar

This is an outdoor kiosk that sells delicious hot chocolates. It is a wheelchair accessible area and there are benches nearby for seating. 

Donuts & Coffee Bar

This is an outdoor kiosk that sells doughnuts, coffees and teas. It is situated near the BBQ area. There is a slight incline but it is wheelchair accessible and the visitors are welcome to use undercover BBQ area nearby. 

Sea Lion Building

The sea lion habitat is called California Cove. There are viewing windows around the enclosure with an easy access via raised walkway. The walkway and viewing area around the enclosure is wheelchair and pram accessible. Our vistors can see the sea lion presentation also in our indoor arena. Visitors in wheelchairs have a dedicated access.  

Barbecue area

Our barbecue area is easily accessible by wheelchair users, and families with prams and buggies. It is sheltered so it can be used on rainy days. Barbecues can be booked on arrival and we provide charcoal. There is £5 charge for the use of BBQ. 

Barbecue area

Picnic areas

Picnic areas are located throughout the park, all easily accessible by wheelchair. We also have specially designed picnic benches for wheelchair users.

Picnic area

The dinosaur exhibit has over 20 life size dinosaurs. The prehistoric animals are installed into a 1000m2 area of woodland at the Safari Park, which visitors enter through giant ‘Jurassic Park’ style gates. The path has a slight incline and decline.  

Entrance to Dinosaurs

We have a limited number of wheelchairs for hire on a first come, first served basis. We charge a £20.00 deposit, fully refundable when you return the wheelchair.

There is no designated charging area for mobility scooters or battery-charged wheelchairs, but we do have access points where batteries can be charged if needed.

Emergency evacuation procedures

Our emergency planning and procedures take into account visitors with disabilities, and we have a Tannoy loudspeaker system.

For information:

We have spare harnesses available for emergency use in the Changing Places toilet.

All Safari Park staff in customer services roles have had disability awareness training. 

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Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

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We are always up for an adventure, and when an attraction has that word in it, we know that we’re in for an exciting time. So, grab your safari jacket, hat, and sturdy walking shoes, because we are headed to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park in the ‘wilds’ just beyond Stirling, Scotland.

We have a well-established love of animals as evidenced by our many posts on our local Edinburgh Zoo, but sometimes it’s fun to venture out and explore other places. Fortunately, we didn’t have to travel too far for our latest adventure as it is less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh to the outskirts of Stirling.

Drive-Thru Animal Reserves

When we arrived at Blair Drummond, we decided that we wanted to head out to do the drive-thru of the animal reserves first. We were banking on the fact that it was morning time and were hoping the animals would be out and about enjoying some breakfast. Fortunately, we were in luck as we were able to see a variety of species roaming their habitats.

As you drive through the animal reserves, it’s fun to imagine that you’ve been transported to the wide-open spaces of the plains or savannas of Africa. And that isn’t hard to do when you are driving around and see a pride of majestic lions!

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Other animals you might see roaming the drive-thru reserves include Ankole Cattle, Greater Kudu, White Rhinos, Barbary Macaques, and Bactrian Camels to name just a few.

Animals Big & Small

After fascinating drive through the animal reserves, we parked our vehicle and headed to the Safari Park where the grounds are spread out over 160 acres. There are over 300 animals at Blair Drummond, so we recommend that you set aside an entire day to be able to properly explore the Park.

Look out for animals big and small. Some of our favourite animals at the bigger end of the spectrum included White rhinos, giraffes, zebra, and an African elephant.

We were also excited to see that Blair Drummond Safari Park recently had a rather hairy group of new arrivals…a fold of Highland cattle (affectionately known as ‘hairy coos’). According to Blair Drummond, there are five males- Avalon, Paddy, Ben, Ueli and Cowboy- and three females- White, Hika and Valentina. On our visit, we were fortunate to see some of them up close and they seemed as curious to check us out as we did them!

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Close to the Highland cattle pastures is Chimp Island. This was one of my favourite habitats of the entire park as they have clearly done a wonderful job at creating a beautiful place where they chimpanzees can relax or have some fun climbing around their own adventure playground.

Not to be forgotten are some of the smaller animals. One fun area is the Pets Farm Animals section of the Safari Park.

Here are a few more of some of our smaller friends in the animal kingdom:

Dinosaurs at the Park!

While exploring Blair Drummond Safari Park, we came across a few surprise inhabitants. It seems that some of the dinosaurs that escaped Jurassic World have made their way to Blair Drummond! So, be sure to tread carefully through Park as you never know who or what you might come across. Scroll through the slideshow below (clicking on the back arrow) to see some of the dinosaurs we saw on our visit:

Activities For All Ages

The adventure park aspect of Blair Drummond has various activities that are great fun for all ages. For the wee ones, there is a large playground complex where kids can ‘set sail’ on their own adventures on land or water via the charming pedal boats.

Let’s be real for a second. Eating certainly qualifies as an important ‘activity’ that we all must do every day. Fortunately, Blair Drummond Safari Park has some excellent food options. For example, we got the Wagyu beef bacon cheeseburger from the Safari Shack Grill and BBQ and the dirty fries with pulled pork shoulder to share. I’m pleased to say that the food was excellent, and the portions were generous- meaning you get your money’s worth. This was a refreshing surprise in the age of paying more for less.

Conservation Efforts

Conservation efforts are important to us, and we were pleased to see that Blair Drummond Safari Park puts it at the forefront of their work. They state that they work with the European Endangered Species Programme on various breeding programmes to help rare species. Additionally, Blair Drummond states that, “since 2014 we have disbursed over £192k, which has helped fund important projects, protecting endangered species in the wild from extinction”. Last, but not least, the Park works closely with Scottish Universities on various research programmes including ones that inform their conservation efforts.

Planning Your Visit

I hope you have enjoyed our brief visit to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park. If you are in the Stirling area, we highly recommend that you visit them. Please note that, at the time of writing, tickets must be booked in advance and are not available to purchase at the gate. Be sure to head over to the Blair Drummond website for more information on how to best plan your visit.

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Introducing our Mini-Keeper Experience

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our newest offering, the Mini-Keeper Experience! Here at Blair Drummond Safari Park, we’ve always been passionate about fostering a love for animals and nature in visitors of all ages. Now, with the Mini-Keeper Experience, we’re extending that passion to the youngest members of our community.

What exactly is the Mini-Keeper Experience, you ask? Well, it’s a unique opportunity for children as young as 3 years old to get up close and personal with some of our most adorable residents. Imagine the joy on your little one’s face as they interact with our guinea pigs, brush our Cameroon sheep, and feed our pygmy goats. It’s a magical experience that combines fun and education in equal measure.

One of the most exciting aspects of the Mini-Keeper Experience is that it represents the youngest age limit we’ve ever placed on an animal experience. We believe that it’s never too early to start instilling a sense of responsibility and compassion for the natural world. By introducing children to animal care at such a young age, we hope to inspire a lifelong love of animals and a commitment to their welfare.

Of course, safety is our top priority, which is why each Mini-Keeper session is carefully supervised by our experienced Education staff. We ensure that all interactions are gentle and age-appropriate, allowing children to learn and explore in a safe environment.

So, if you have a budding animal lover in your life, why not treat them to the Mini-Keeper Experience? It’s the perfect way to create lasting memories and ignite a passion for wildlife conservation.

You can find more information on our animal experiences here .

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