Photo Journal – The Gruffalo Trail and Fairy Trail at Ardkinglas Woodland Garden
A Gruffalo Trail is a fantastically sneaky way to engage and entertain children on a woodland walk. Ardkinglas Estate’s 25 acre woodland garden has mighty silver firs, vast conifers, and colourful rhododendrons, but tots pursue the mouse, the owl, the snake, and … of course … the gruffalo!
The Gruffalo Trail
Rathos Byres Forge in Edinburgh, were commissioned to make the Mouse and Gruffalo figures in galvanized steel. The mouse points youngsters in the right direction. It was the first key character the tots found, and they were disproportionately excited 🙂
The books are open at particular pages, offering the Scots version of The Gruffalo, which was a nice touch.
“A gruffalo? Whit’s a gruffalo then?
A gruffalo! Whit, dae ye no ken?”
Without realising it, the tots take in trees and flora – climbing branches, discovering textures and finding flowers. There’s the potential to spot red squirrels too, although we didn’t see any.
Next, the hunt for fairies is on. Discover ‘Pixie’s Pod’, ‘Elvis and the Elves’ and ‘Mega Gregor’, to name a few! The woodland walk continues to an eighteenth century mill, so you can extend the walk or keep it short for little legs.
Creeping through a deep, dark wood has never been so much fun for kids. Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s magic certainly helps.
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We spent three nights at Argyll Holidays’ Drimsynie Estate, which offers hot tub lodges, static caravans and a hotel, with pool, restaurant and so many onsite activities. Ardkinglas Estate is a partner of Argyll Holidays, and only a 20 minute driver from Drimsynie. Private transport recommended. The estate is situated in a very picturesque near Loch Fyne.