Fun days out at Craigtoun Country Park

Craigtoun Country Park is the perfect place to visit for fun days out. Just a 5-minute drive from us here at Elderburn Lodges, the park has plenty for you to do all year round. Parking and entry to the park are free and, with 47 acres to explore, it is heaven for walkers, joggers, runners and cyclists. But those who are looking for entertainment won’t be disappointed either. Kids and adults alike will be delighted with the Fairy Glen. This enchanting wooded area has cute little wooden fairy houses to explore. You can let your imagination run wild with thoughts as to what the inhabitants would look like and how they would spend their days.

If you need an injection of excitement, there’s plenty going on to ensure you have a fun day out too. The kids can play to their heart’s content in the large adventure playground and the all-inclusive play area. For a bit of high-energy fun, there’s the trampolines and Trim Trails. And if you feel the need for speed, there’s the 30ft zip wire to whizz along! Dogs are also welcome, as long as their owners are well-behaved and clean up after them!

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Paid attractions

While there is a lot to do at Craigtoun Country Park that is free, there is some extra fun to be had. From Easter through to October, the Friends of Craigtoun run various rides and attractions to help raise funds for the upkeep of the park. They are open every weekend during the season and every day throughout the school holidays.

There’s tractor rides, bouncy castles, a railway, a boating lake, crazy golf, go-karts and more! You can buy tickets for the attractions that take your fancy or buy a wristband for the day. The whole family will have a smashing time without breaking the bank!

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Time for tea

All the fresh air and fun are sure to get tummies rumbling. There are plenty of places throughout the park to have a picnic. Nestled at the centre of the park is the Craigtoun Café.

Serving a tasty selection of takeaway breakfast rolls, sandwiches, paninis, drinks and snacks, it is daily during the season. When the attractions are open, the Gourmet Grill burger van serves delicious hot food. Off-season, the café is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Undercover seating is available at the café and they have recently expanded their decking area.

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Craigtoun Gardens

During the late 18th century, General George Melville built the first Mount Melville House. He commissioned beautiful landscaping of the estate for his family and friends to spend their leisure time in. Then, in 1901, Dr Younger became the second owner of the estate. He commissioned architect Paul W Waterhouse to design a new house and landscape the estate further. Formal gardens, the Walled Garden, Cypress Avenue, the Rose Garden and the Italian Garden were all created with some 230 trees planted.

Visitors to Craigtoun can wander through these beautiful areas for free. A wonderful fun day out for the green-fingered and plant-lovers in your family! Exotic and specialist plants, sourced from plant collector Micahel Wickenden can be seen in the Walled Garden and Rose Garden. And the estate has two national collections of the beautiful Siberian iris.

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Fun days out and great value for money

The seasonal attractions are real value for money at Craigtoun Country Park. Check out the prices here. What ride will you try first when you visit Craigtoun for a fun day out? And how many rounds of crazy golf do you think you will you fit in before heading back, tired but happy, to your luxury lodge here at Elderburn Lodges?

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We stayed in lodge 4 which was by far the best holiday accommodation we have ever stayed in, immaculate, spacious, so well equipped. The books, DVDs and board games were an extra touch and came in handy for some family time after exploring during the day. The surrounding area is beautiful and so many things to see and do nearby. West Sands beach is clean and beautiful and Bishop’s Wood and Craigtoun Country Park about a mile away are both worth a look. There are so many things we didn’t get chance to explore so I think we will be back. I think we will struggle to find any other accomodation as nice as this. Many thanks to Anne and the team.

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