an adventure in Beecraigs Country Park

Last Tuesday was the last day of school holidays for Reimer because he officially started big school last Wednesday.  Hence, we thought we will go out for an adventure to make the most of last day off school… It was not really a nice day though, sun was hiding behind the clouds but it was rather dry so we took the chance.

First of all, I prepared a bag, filled it up with some bottled water, paper plates and plastic cutleries (leftover from previous birthday parties), bananas and a few packets of biscuits, basically the food available at home.  Then while on our way, we popped by to the supermarket to get more food such as sandwiches, crisps, juices, cakes and some freshly cooked chicken thighs.  I know it must be too much, but having kids, it’s better having more than only little as they like to keep munching.  Then after the supermarket trip, we’re all ready to go.

We then head to Beecraigs Country Park….  What do you do and see in there?  Beecraigs Country Park caters to a wide range of leisure and recreational activities on its 370 hectares of land, making it a great place to visit.  The following are among the things you can enjoy while you’re there:

  • Park Activities
  • Animal Attraction
  • Fly-fishing on Beecraigs Loch
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Facilities Hire
  • Farm Shop
  • Sawmill

As it was around lunch time when we arrive, we went to look for a picnic table where we laid all our food and had to satisfy our hungry bellies first before we start off with our little adventure.  I have to say, it was a nice outdoor meal with a perfectly natural ambiance except that there were a couple of wasps visiting us every so often, which prompted us to hurry up.

SAMSUNG CSCAfter being all stuffed and wasps away to the other picnickers table, Thank goodness!  These two kiddies head straight away to their Adventure Play Area which was so amazing as it provides a diverse play stations that caters for all ages.   Here on the photo below was my little lady, Ruby who showed off her ability as she bravely climbed up and crossed over the ropes well-balanced towards the long slide.  Staring at her, me and her dad were stunned, worried in case she slipped considering the height.  But on the other hand, we’re certainly proud of her audacity.  I would be even be scared to try it myself.

20150818_131101As it was significantly busy in the Play Area, we decided to head towards the wooded bit for a leisurely walk as we pretended to look for the Gruffalo.  I think all of us mums and dads knows the story already.  Some of us might have memorized it same as how our little kiddies have stored it in their memory.

SAMSUNG CSCIt was absolutely an enjoyable stroll as we were all on a look out for any signs of the Gruffalo, the fox, the owl, the snake and even for the clever little mouse.  We came across the logpile house but the snake was not there.  Their dad hooted like an owl Toowhit toowhoo! but there was no sign of an owl.  There was also a big board in the middle of the dark woods with a Fox drawn in it, but there was no sign of the Fox either.   Suddenly, I think these kids had found Gruffalo’s footprints in the dried up mud… it looked like its terrible claws and its turned-out toes, hmmmm!  Well-spotted I guess!

SAMSUNG CSC As we continued trekking through the woods, we came out to a path heading towards their Loch.  Beecraigs Loch is a popular lake, regularly stocked with quality Rainbow Trout.  We went around the lake, hoping to see the little mouse having a feast with the Gruffalo eating his favorite scrambled snake.  Unfortunately, there was still no sign of them whatsoever!

SAMSUNG CSCAs we went around the entire Loch, we came across these boats where you can hire and go fishing, with a respective fee of course.  Going fishing was not very ideal for us, so we just visited the ducks instead.  However, my little man was so upset that we forgot to bring some bread to feed the ducks… poor little ducks, they will just go hungry for now!

SAMSUNG CSCAs we continued our little adventure, we walked through the fenced fields which made us had a good view across the landscape and of the Belted Galloways, Highland Cattle and Red Deer.   At this point, the search for the Gruffalo had now been temporarily forgotten, as these two were overly engrossed with the Deer and the Cows wandering around the field.



We have done quiet a long walk already, so we decided to head back to the car park, due to Ruby started mocking around because she’s obviously tired as she had missed her afternoon snooze.   As we were walking halfway through, we happen to walk past their Visitor Centre.  Where we went in briefly and had a nosy around their Farm Shop.  We didn’t buy anything though except an ice cream lollies.  I bought some milky bar ice cream minis for the four of us.  Could this be an owl ice cream? Ruby thought it was really good and delicious and that actually had given her a little more energy to walk back to the car.


 I thought the kiddies were disappointed that we have not found the Gruffalo but Reimer said ” I’m glad we didn’t find the Gruffalo because it will be very scary” … And I rode on with the conversation and said  “just as well we didn’t find any of them as it would have been a scary adventure for the 4 of us”.

Silly little kids! Don’t they know, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo”

To sum it all up, it was a great way to finish off the school holidays for my little man.  We all had good fun kidding around while burning that extra calories after having a full stomach from our little picnic.  Most importantly, it was wonderful spending quality time as a family, simply bonding together without having to cost a fortune.

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24 thoughts on “an adventure in Beecraigs Country Park

  • Sounds like you all had a lovely day – good that they cater to all age ranges 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yes, there was a great selection of stuff to play with their play area. Thank you.

  • What a lovely place to visit and a lovely end to the holidays. Looks like you all had a wonderful time 🙂 Hope back to school has gone ok 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • ReimerandRuby

      He enjoyed school so far as I expected it to be… Thank you for the lovely comment!

  • Aww what a lovely read and beauitful photos! Lovely memories to look back on! Thanks for sharing! Suz x

  • Emma's Mamma

    Sounds like a great day out! Really lovely photos! Hope Reimer is enjoying big school 🙂 x #famjamlinky

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yes, he is definitely enjoying school so far… he has no fuss about it which is good.

  • Sounds like a lovely day! Must take my toddler to look for the gruffalo – she’d love that! #famjamlinky

    • ReimerandRuby

      Kids love gruffalo even sometimes got carried away with the story and got scared, lol

  • Your picnic sounds yummy – we always take too much too. What a lovely day out #twinklytuesday

  • My husband is often at Beecraigs as an arborist (he works for the council) and we’ve visited a few times as a family in the past, but not since O was a baby! Must go again soon, I didn’t realise there was a good play park there.
    Lovely photos and I’m impressed with Ruby’s skill of the ropes, she’s doing so well for her age!
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Beecraigs is so huge, you probably went to the other side and have not seen the play park. You should try visit again, it’s worth it. Yes, she’s very brave and fearless too like her brother.

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Aww what a nice read! We havent done anything like this lately. I miss the outdoors =) #TwinklyTuesday

  • Chloe

    I hope Reimer is enjoying school! What a fun way to finish off the holidays. I love this post! 😀 I adore The Gruffalo and can’t wait to go on hunts with my daughter. 😀 What a creative way to encourage them to walk around and explore. Thank you so much for linking this lovely post up to #whatevertheweather x

    • ReimerandRuby

      It’s funny how we love the Gruffalo, not just the kids… Thanks for the lovely comment!

  • What a great family day. All four of my kiddos will be in school tomorrow and between that schedule, sports schedules, and daddy’s work schedule there won’t be much time for the whole family to be together. Love the part about the Gruffalo 😉 Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with #momsterslink.

    • ReimerandRuby

      Hope the kids will enjoy school and settle in quick! Yes i know, with school days, it’s only the weekends we can have family time now. Thanks for your lovely comment Trista!

  • We have the Gruffalo Hunt in Thetford, England. I love doing it with the kiddies. A nice excuse to get outside and have a stroll but gets the kids engaged and they forget about their tired legs. Thanks for sharing I am googling it now.

    • ReimerandRuby

      Agreed! they’re too busy looking for signs of the Gruffalo and didn’t mind about walking too long.

  • Such gorgeous pictures, there is something so great about getting outside as a family! Thankyou so much for lining up with #busydoinglife hope you can join me again tomorrow?!

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