One of the best things about living where we do is access to fun activities in the outdoors. It is always considered a highlight to visit the Landmark Forest Adventure site in Carrbridge, even in winter when not all the attractions are open. However, this weekend (end of March) will be the official summer opening of the Landmark attractions. All the big rides will be welcoming visitors after a winter of maintenance and refurbishment.
What is Landmark Forest Adventure?
Essentially Landmark is a theme park, not unlike Disneyworld, but unlike Disney where the theme is purely entertainment, the theme at Landmark is nature. The kids get to do fun and entertaining activities while outdoors where adults can also relax.
What can we do at Landmark?
If you’re adventurous and looking for a thrill there’s a rollercoaster (which we’ve never been on – our son is a little leery of it) or the waterslides (which are in his mind not as scary).
There are also multiple play areas for big and small kids; dodgem cars, a shooting gallery, a maze (watch out you might get squirted), a treetop walk, an upside-down house. Alternatively climb the fire tower, put a harness on and enjoy the treetop walk, enjoy the illusions at Bamboozeleum or just enjoy a wander round the site, but whatever you do make sure you include a visit to the butterfly house.
If you do come to the Cairngorms with your family, Landmark is definitely one of the attractions you should include. Your expectations might not be too high before you visit but it is more than just a theme park and if you want you can exit and re-enter if you need a break. You can get food on site but there are 2 excellent cafes in the village. We’d highly recommend Carrbridge Kitchen for your lunch – food is excellent and the atmosphere relaxing.
Getting there from Fraoch Lodge
Getting to Landmark is very easy from Fraoch Lodge by car, on foot or by bike.
By car: 5 – 10 mins
Turn left out of the Fraoch Lodge drive, up to the junction with the A95. Take the first right towards Carrbridge. Up and over the hill and you’re heading down into Carrbridge village. Landmark is the first turning on the left
By bike or on foot:
If the kids are up to it and you’d like to take in a wee bit more exercise, consider walking or cycling down to Carrbridge.
Turn left out of Fraoch Lodge and head to the edge of the village where you will pick up the school path, which runs up to the junction with the A95. Use the cycle, footpath crossing to head over the road and up to Chapeltown. Follow directions on our Carrbridge walk blog – you don’t have to complete the whole circuit as this would make a longer day out than you might want.
If going during the school holidays, make sure you go early as there will be a queue or time your visit for when the queue has died down a wee bit (10.30 or 11am maybe)