Today we are hosting my small Scottish correspondent again, and this time his post comes all the way from the West coast of Scotland, just down from Glasgow, in Ayrshire.
Seeing as we had our caravan holiday was right next door to the Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Mummy and Daddy said we could go after we had given the caravan keys back at the end of our stay.
So of course, we got there too early and the man said we had to wait a little while. Not a problem – we had snacks!
Oh, that’s my younger brother L. He is just a little boy. I’m a big boy – I’m 4! Herself is looking at me witheringly. It’s nice not to be the youngest, I tell her!
Eventually we got tickets, and some animal food
“May have some?” Well done L. It’s important to remind parents that just because we have eaten our own body weight in apples, it doesn’t mean we don’t have room for more. Unless, of course it is something the parents want us to eat
But no, L, the yummy looking edibles are strictly for the animals – they’re yukky.
Next we discovered that there is a play area right inside the Heads of Ayr Farm Park gates! But spoil sport that she is, Mummy said we should go see the animals first.
Luckily we were easily distracted as there’re birds next to the playpark, and just a little further up the hill are meerkats.
“Tha’s not a tat!” There’s no sneaking anything past my little brother!
Then we found some animals we could feed – little horses, (ahem, miniature ponies says Mummy). They were a bit licky! Watch out!
Right next to the ponies were slides, but Mummy and Daddy, who had a good idea of how much there was still to cover, only let us have one shot.
“Like big slide ‘swell” L does not share their anti equipment stance.
Daddy found some little goats, (which I am surprised Mummy is not calling miniature ruminant animals) so we fed them too. Not as licky as the horsies, I am pleased to report!
The goats were next to the inside animals, so we went to see who was being so loud! It was a white birdie with funny hair (a cockatoo, coughs Mummy). There were also rabbits, and mouses, baby chickens, guinea pigs, a tortoise, rats and even more birdies (Mummy has given up). For the connoisseurs of the more exotic, we also found some snakes too – a little orange one and a big big big yellow one (Mummy has got nothing).
“There’s lizzy’d ‘swell” And a lizard, yes, thank you little bro! And, apparently, lemurs.
We washed our hands and had some lunch at the picnic benches. There were lots of picnic benches! But if you haven’t brought sandwiches there are also places to buy food on site.
Then we found bouncy pillows, a bit like a bouncy castle!
“I no like bounce.” Sometimes small children are a bit of a bind.
At this point, Mummy looked at the map and found MORE animals, so we went off and admired more goats, a VERY fluffy sheep and… seagulls? They’re not ‘pposed to be there!
Then we saw alpacas and llamas and really big camels (I am looking at Mummy, but apparently she agrees on the terminology)! These enclosures had a tube to roll food down instead of giving them food in your hands. Wheeee!
“We play park now?” Persistence is everything in little brothering.
And rewarded. There’re lots of places to play at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park. Trampolines, slides, castles and even pirate ships and diggers. Lots of sand play areas too with buckets and spades provided! (There were also indoor play areas but it was a very sunny day so we didn’t go in).
“That a big mouse!?” No, L, it’s a wallaby! You can walk through the wallabies field for a final encore. Now that is a way to finish a day!
All in all, I can heartily approve my Mummy and Daddy’s choice of holiday campsite. Location location location is everything, and being next to the Heads of Ayr Farm Park is definitely worth the repetition.
The images in this post were kindly supplied by the Heads of Ayr Farm Park as we had so much fun we forgot to take ones suitable for the blog! Our visit was totally independent of the attraction, however, as are our views.
Address: Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Dunure Road, Alloway by Ayr, KA7 4LD
Opening: 7 days a week 10am to 5pm, from March to the end of October. Some indoor attractions are also open in winter.
Admission: Adults: £11, Kids £9.50, Family £30 – £45 (depending on how many people you are bringing).
Getting there: From the A77 you can either exit just after Ayr at the Alloway turn off (there are signs for Heads of Ayr) if coming from Glasgow. Drive through Alloway and onto the A719. The farm park is 2 miles further on. Or you can leave onto the A719 at Turnbury if coming from the South. The Heads of Ayr Farm park is five miles on the left.
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