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Landmark Centre (Carrbridge)
Member Name: suz1584
Landmark Centre (Carrbridge)
Date: 20/10/08, updated on 16/06/09 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Something different and loads to do
Disadvantages: not somewhere you could go often as you may get bored
Landmark Forest Theme Park is located in Carrbridge about 26 miles south of Inverness. Ok so it's not really a theme park but it is fun and a bit different from other attractions.
Landmark is very easy to locate in Carrbridge, it's an extremely small village so you can't really get lost. On approaching the theme park you see the car park which just like the rest of Landmark is a wooded area but cleared away for parking spaces.
You then need to go into the entrance to pay for your day out. Prices vary for ages and also times of the year
Between 28th March - 25th Oct;
Adult - £10.55
Child - £8.25
Senior - £7.70
Between 26th Oct - March 2010
Adult - £3.45
Child - £2.50
Senior - £2.40
There is also family passes and multi visit tickets. For prices etc. go to www.landmark-centre.co.uk
Once you have paid you then get your hand stamped. This is incase you need to go back out to the car as you will have to go back through entrance to gain access to park again. You can then prove you have already paid for the day. You also get a map of the park when you pay so you can plan your day before you start.
The main attraction is the three water slides, which are all the same height but different shapes. One is straight down, one is through a tunnel and the other one is wavy. This is always busy throughout the summer and in winter can quite often be closed.
There is an adventure centre like a giant spider web, with tricky ways to get in and out can keep kids occupied for hours, it also has slides, a few small ones and a couple of bigger ones, climbing frames, and basically an adventure play park which is built mainly by wood and ropes. You can always see where your child is so no need to follow them around unless they are really young.
In the past few years they have also added a small fenced of area where kids can go round a track on battery operated cars. This goes on for about 10 minutes and even though it is fun to begin with they do get bored. Opposite this there is another track with remote controlled lorries so kids can guide these around the track.
That is the main 'theme' park attractions for kids. But for tourists it is nice to be able to walk in the woodlands where there is a squirrel trail to see if you can see any in the woods. As you go along this walk there is information boxes to stop at and read about the wildlife that may be in the woods.
There is also the tree top trail which you walk up gradually on wooden beams which to be honest aren't very wide. You can then see higher up in the trees and walk right round through the tops of the trees which does give you a great view of the woods and more chance to see the wildlife.
There is also the fire tower which was completely rebuilt. It is 105 steps to the top and definitely worth a trip to the top if you're not scared of heights as the view is amazing with a telescope so you can see close ups of the Funicular Railway and the Cairngorms. I haven't been up to the top since I was a child as I am completely scared of heights now.
There is a Clydesdale Horse also here which still works by hauling logs to the Sawmill and you can watch him in action. You also get the chance to stroke him and see him close up.
Steam Powered Sawmill - This is where the Clydesdale horse takes the logs to. This is the only working steam powered sawmill in Britain so is worth a look whilst you are there.
Finally there is the activities area where you get the chance to saw a log with a two man saw and many other small activities.
Landmark is completely different to theme parks you will be used to, it's fun and a change for you. I love it and remeber going here as a child, even kids now still enjoy going here in the Summer
Summary: A change from normal days out to theme parks
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