A 30 minute drive from Dundee there is magic in the woods. A village full of magic, a village like no other, complete with a library, shops, even a travel centre. This village can be found in Brechin Castle Country Park and is the home of tiny winged fairies.
Brechin Castle Country Park is located just off the A90 and recently had a magical makeover. Fairies weren’t the only thing to arrive, new play equipment is also on offer and it’s the perfect setting for a family day out.
We planned a visit on a warm day in July with Summer and her friend. On arrival we were given a guide to the fairy Trail. Summer loves a fairy trail, she’s completely invested in her belief of fairies, mermaids and unicorns but I’d never seen a Fairy Trail quite like this. The trail guide, which is included in the cost of entry, is a high quality booklet with instructions on how to get around the trail, clues for each station to get the children engaged and additional questions and colouring in which we kept for the drive home. You do need your own pen to fill it in and your own colouring pencils for the colouring in.
The fairy trail centres around the story of a fairy who has lost her wings, it will take you through woodland, over bridges and through tunnels of trees so sensible footwear is advised. Beware, there may be more to the bridges than it seems!
Due to the size of the trail it should take about 30 minutes to complete; longer if you stop to complete the booklet as you go. Littered amongst the different stations are books of spells, books of dreams, a Fairy River rescue centre, the home of the tooth fairy – this was particularly exciting as Summer has her first ever wobbly tooth!
Another clever station we stumbled upon was the Dummy tree. A place for little people, who are ready, to leave their dummies safely with the fairies.
Once you have completed the fairy trail you can head over the bridge to the play park. The size of the park is not apparent at this point as it rolls on past the hills.
One of the first things we found was not 1 but 2 giant bouncing pillows. A smaller one has been installed for younger children who can’t yet manage the big pillow. I haven’t seen this anywhere else and thought it was a great touch.
At this point Summer spotted the barrel train but it’s an additional £1 to ride the train and we hadn’t brought any cash on the day. The girls were not disappointed though as so much play equipment lay ahead.
There’s a more traditional park area with play equipment, zip wire, a fort and an underground tunnel. The girls were so taken with this I was able to grab a seat on the grass for 20 minutes. The amount of open grassy areas makes the park feel really spacious. They have recently installed some more picnic benches around the park and you are allowed to take your own food in.
Although Summer is 6 the park is really accessible for younger children. Not only the traditional play equipment but also the new additions to the park, they seem to have considered a wide range of age groups when designing the new play areas.
A wooden maze is another new addition. I lost the girls within a minute of them going in and they made it out a few minutes before I did, don’t be fooled, it’s no mean feat!
The go-karts are also new and there were a variety of karts available so younger children can join in alongside an adult or an older child.
Alongside the go-karts is the sledge run, I didn’t manage to gets any photographs because Summer needed help to both pull it up the hill and lift the sledge onto the run. She had a super time but an adult helper is definitely needed here for under 8’s.
There is a snack stop at the very back of the park serving coffees, ice cream and more. They have quite a few tables and this overlooks the giant sand pit which seemed to be a huge hit with all ages on the day.
Hidden just at the back of the sand pit there are some motorised diggers, again these require a £1 coin to activate so we didn’t do these.
I didn’t see any signage for the farmyard play area but being as curious as I am I stuck my head around the side of the snack bar and found a courtyard area full of toys, many of which were suited to younger children and themed around ‘the farm’. This area also included a large milking cow and other water play centres. As well as a table tennis at the back.
We had an absolutely fabulous day out and would certainly recommend a visit to Brechin Castle Country Park. There is such a variety for all ages, pack a picnic and make a day of it. Don’t forget some £1 coins if you think your child would enjoy the barrel train or the diggers. Everything else is included in the entry fee.
Cost of entry:
- Adults £5
- Children £7
- Under 2’s Free
- Many other prices available for family, groups, concessions etc.
- Full details on entry prices can be found here
Toilets on site
Cafe and Snack stop available at the back of the park
No dogs allowed