We were lucky enough to head back to the Haven Craig Tara resort last weekend (see my review of our last trip) to celebrate Lauren’s 3rd birthday. Whilst we were there, we once again travelled down the coast to the amazing Culzean Castle – twice, actually. We decided to explore the wildlife garden, which we have never ventured into before… and we were surprised and delighted to encounter the Gruffalo! Lauren was even brave enough to tickle him with a feather. The National Trust for Scotland don’t seem to advertise the fact that there is a Gruffalo, which is strange as it’s such a draw for young children. It got me thinking – maybe there are other places locally that we could travel to to find a wild Gruffalo – so I have compiled a list of where to find the Gruffalo in Scotland.
- Of course, Culzean Castle in Ayrshire is first on this list. The Gruffalo can be found in the wildlife garden, which is adjacent to the walled garden – there is parking right outside. I think Culzean Castle is probably my favourite day out in Scotland for kids. I say day out, but actually you would be hard pressed to do it justice in just one day – this is why we love being National Trust for Scotland members, as we can go back as often as we like. The coastal setting is absolutely stunning, the castle itself is fascinating and the kids loved trying to find the little Lego figure hidden in each room. But the adventure playground keeps us coming back again and again – nothing like a good run around followed by an ice cream on a bench overlooking the swan pond. I can’t wait to go back.
- Another place to find the Gruffalo is Ardkinglas mansion house and gardens, which is located on the banks of Loch Fyne. There is a Gruffalo trail on site which looks fantastic – we’ll definitely be doing this next time we are in that neck of the woods. I would definitely recommend also visiting the Fyne Ales brewery and the pretty town of Inverary whilst you are there.
- There is a Gruffalo walk in Culloden, just outside Inverness, the carvings and statues look beautiful. We definitely need to do a Highlands holiday in the near future and when we do. It is free to do the walk – hurrah!
- Finally, if you are in Glasgow, Kilmardinny Loch in Bearsden has its own Gruffalo trail which sounds fantastic and is free. I can’t wait to take our two little Gruffalo fanatics.
I hope this list has helped you with where to find the Gruffalo in Scotland – is there anywhere I have missed? Let me know!