Set in a beautiful pine forest in the Cairngorms National Park, the Landmark Forest Adventure Park is a paradise for active kids, who’ll have loads of fun exploring, running, climbing and hurtling around the park’s numerous activities and rides, many of which are surprisingly accessible.
Highlights include Ant City, a two-storey climbing-running-sliding structure; the Wild Forest Maze, featuring a labyrinth of confusing paths; Pinnacle, a thirty-foot-high climbing wall; and the Fire Tower, a seventy-foot-high timber structure whose 105 steps can be scaled to reveal breathtaking 360-degree views above the treetops. Adrenaline junkies will make a beeline for Ropeworx, the challenging high-wire adventure course, or the fifty-foot Skydive jump, which uses stuntmen-style descenders – continuing, no doubt, to the thrilling Wild Water Coaster rides, or the Runaway Timber Train rollercoaster. Gentler pleasures are on hand on the fully accessible Treetop Trail through the forest canopy, or at the Wildlife Feeding Area, where you’ve a good chance of spotting rare red squirrels and many beautiful forest birds. Finally, mention must be made of the indoor Bamboozeleum, whose morphing machines, special effects, holograms and “capture-your-shadow” wall are certain to intrigue and delight.
Blue Badge holders can park in the disabled bays a few yards from the park entrance. All the trails through the park are wheelchair accessible – though take care not to get your wheels jammed between the boardwalks on the Treetop Trail. The Runaway Timber Train is wheelchair accessible and safe (if you have the upper body strength to hold on through the roller coaster), and the Wild Forest Maze can be negotiated in a wheelchair. There are a few wheelchairs available to borrow at the main reception. All the toilets in the park include a spacious, fully accessible toilet with grab bars.
Food & drink: The on-site Foresters’ Restaurant offers a decent choice of fresh, locally sourced hot and cold food such as cooked breakfasts, fish and chips, homemade soup and kids’ meals. Alternatively there’s the Pinewood Grill snack bar, where you can fill up on burgers, hot dogs, salads and the like.