The Gruffalo Trail

The Gruffalo Trail & Fairy Trail 

Open all year round

No need to book, just pay on arrival. Cash, BACs or Paypal scan.

You can pay on line with - Candide

The Gruffalo short trail uses boards showing selected extracts from the Scots version of the famous book to link the story to the setting of this special corner of the Woodland Garden.

Who will you find in the woods?

Our Fairy Trail is in the lower part of the Woodland, you may find some of our other friends who have moved into the gardens

'our fairies & Elf' 

 


Admission Fee to the Woodland Garden including the

Gruffalo Trail & Fairy Trail

  • £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (4-16yrs) 3 & under free
  • £15 per family 2 adults plus children, £9 single parent plus children

Directions

Follow the signs from A83 to Ardkinglas Woodland Garden.
From the car park, the path leads along the hill 400m to the start of Gruffalo Trail.
Please pick up a Trail Map from the Mouse which will help guide you along the route.

About the Gruffalo Trail

Rathos Byres Forge, Edinburgh, were commissioned to make the Mouse and Gruffalo figures in galvanized steel and have produced exceptional examples of the contemporary blacksmith's art. This original approach works well alongside the metalwork gates and benches that the team at Ratho Byres Forge have previously designed for Ardkinglas. The lattice structure of the sculptures links in with the intertwining branches of the surrounding trees and magically captures the book's principal characters while allowing the children's imagination to bring them to life.

The project has been made possible by the enthusiastic participation of Magic Light Pictures, London, who licence the brand material and also the generous cooperation of Macmillan Children's Books and Black and White Publishing Ltd.

Visitors Comments

'Amazing place for a day out! Themed walks for children, and longer, scenic ones for the more adventurous! Stunning views, the tallest of trees and a beautifully kept woodland paradise to explore. The PERFECT day out.

April

This is an unbelievable place. Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking scenery around every bend. The best value for money attraction I've ever been to. Wish I lived closer as I'd be there every day if I could be! Saw red squirrels and tree creepers amongst others. The gardening team were friendly and cheerful. I cannot recommend this garden enough! For nature lovers, ornithologists and gardeners this is a must see location. Highly recommend

April

Nature at its most-relaxed finest! The Fairy Town is brilliantly done.

March

'Thank you for a wonderful day out, a beautiful setting for a wonderful story, the kids loved the fairy trail we will recommend'.

April 

'Lovely gardens and woodland walk, we enjoyed the old mill, spotting the fairy houses, the lady here was really friendly & helpful'

April 

'A tranquil 2 hours of escaping - thank you'

March 

What a hidden gem this place is and not expensive, we enjoyed our visit a good way to spend a couple of hours. I was particularly impressed by the amazing trees they have there and we got to see some red squirrels. Would certainly visit again

March

'Kids loved it! Never knew trees could be so interesting... and we saw a red squirrel'

February 

'Beautiful woodland & trails loved The Gruffalo! Thank you.'

September 

'Wonderful what more can you say'

September 

 

 

 

 

Visitors Comments

'Amazing place for a day out! Themed walks for children, and longer, scenic ones for the more adventurous! Stunning views, the tallest of trees and a beautifully kept woodland paradise to explore. The PERFECT day out.

April

This is an unbelievable place. Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking scenery around every bend. The best value for money attraction I've ever been to. Wish I lived closer as I'd be there every day if I could be! Saw red squirrels and tree creepers amongst others. The gardening team were friendly and cheerful. I cannot recommend this garden enough! For nature lovers, ornithologists and gardeners this is a must see location. Highly recommend

April

Nature at its most-relaxed finest! The Fairy Town is brilliantly done.

March

'Thank you for a wonderful day out, a beautiful setting for a wonderful story, the kids loved the fairy trail we will recommend'.

April 

'Lovely gardens and woodland walk, we enjoyed the old mill, spotting the fairy houses, the lady here was really friendly & helpful'

April 

'A tranquil 2 hours of escaping - thank you'

March 

What a hidden gem this place is and not expensive, we enjoyed our visit a good way to spend a couple of hours. I was particularly impressed by the amazing trees they have there and we got to see some red squirrels. Would certainly visit again

March

'Kids loved it! Never knew trees could be so interesting... and we saw a red squirrel'

February 

'Beautiful woodland & trails loved The Gruffalo! Thank you.'

September 

'Wonderful what more can you say'

September