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Loudoun Castle (Ayrshire)

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It's a grrreat day out for the whole family with rides and entertainment to suit all ages. Galston, Ayrshire, KA4 8PE. Tel: (01563)822296 Fax: (01563) 822408

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      24.07.2010 22:24

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      Went there today with my partner, our 3yr old and our 5yr old, we payed £48 for the three of us as our 3yr old was free. We were very pleased with the staff who were polite and friendly. the stunt dive show was spectacular. the rides were great and we had a fab time. Some of the rides were restricted so our 3yr old wasnt able to go on some of the rides her brother went on which was a shame but she still had a great time and was able to go on many rides. we will definitley be back again maybe in a year when they will get on more things. But apart from that it was brilliant. Food prices were very reasonable and very nice. Cant fault it at all.

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      20.06.2010 20:31

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      Rip Off and waste o time rides broken and not working

      louden castle £48.00 entrance fee for family of three. too expensive as not enough fast scary rides for the adults and older kids. food seemed to be limited to hotdogs, greasy burgers and greasy chips. (also expensive) Staff not looking to happy would have been better with asylum seekers working in the place. lot o the rides were breaking down or just not open. (could have let you know before purchasing ticket). only about 12 animals at McDougals farm area even they looked depressed. Web site advertises wide selection of hot food like burger with or without cheese, and chips with or without cheese. Would i go back hell NO save your money. Only reason i went was for the Cars 'n' Rides show and no offence would have been better going to arnold clark or the retail park as they have more variety. unhappy customer who will avoid!!!!!!!!!! Louden castle for good.

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      10.05.2010 00:07

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      Went there with a deal on the entry price - paid £25 for 2 adults and 3 children. If I'd have paid any more, I'd have felt seriously disappointed. This is not a venue for Value for Money - food very poor quality, lack of healthy eating choices - i.e. if you don't like chips and hotdogs at £5 you'll be disappointed. Watch out for the optional extras rides in which the pocket money disappears ie. go karts/football goals/knock down the cans. Like to see a few more mature faces working with the very young operational team though to drive through health & safety being adhered to on the rides. Serious lack of clean toilets and baby changing facilities. Take a picnic, check the weather forecast and use the Tesco or other vouchers and you'll enjoy yourselves.

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      12.08.2009 13:40
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      Family Fun Day Out

      SADLY LOUDOUN CASTLE HAS CLOSED DOWN!

      Loudoun Castle Theme Park, Galston, Ayrshire

      There are two ways of looking at this park, one view is that you are a theme park/roller coaster fan with experience of the top parks the other is that you have a young family looking for a day out without too much distance between you and the park.

      Lets look at the second option, There are two roller coasters on site, twist and shout and the rat. Twist and Shout is a small loop coaster but is quite enjoyable for kids of 9 up (younger usually being too small), the rat is a wild mouse type ride and is quite good provided you dont compare it with the wild mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Other attractions include the Black Pearl which rotates you upside down and barnstormer, a very very small yet quite good drop tower (around third of heigth of ice blast at blackpool or cliff hanger at Flamingoland). most of the other attractions are aimed at younger visitors, the Rory the Lion show is aimed at toddlers but did'nt hold their attention for very long. Basically the park is quite good value if you have a young family as there are plenty of small funfair rides, height restrictions do seem extreme with my eight year old who has been on all the white knuckle rides at other parks but was'nt allowed on barnstormer and only just made the two roller coasters.

      The theme park/roller coaster fan option which I mentioned above changes the perspective of the park considerably, there is nothing to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and once you have been on the two coasters, Black Pearl and Barnstormer you will be ready for home.

      Entry costs £56 for a family of 4 and one gripe is having to pay even if you have no intention of going on anything although under 4's get in free.

      Lovely woodland setting but there is a wasp problem so take something to keep them away.

      We used our tesco vouchers to get in (£5 of club card vouchers gets you £20 in entry tokens) however you cannot buy a family ticket with them and the food is expensive so take a packed lunch.

      All in all it was a highly enjoyable free day for a young family with no queuing involved for any rides, this was partly due to going on a week day but its not overly busy at weekends, we would have paid for it if we had to but its definately not for die hard coaster fans.

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      11.06.2009 22:36
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      Good day good price

      we went last year in July with our freinds who were good enough to treat us to this nice day out and it didnt cost them any money because they used Tesco vouchers which was really kind of them.

      Its in a really beautiful setting of an old castle. It was also one of the few nice days we had last summer. The first thing we went on was a loop the loop roller coaster, most people went on apart from me and one of the young ones who was too short. They all loved it. There was then go carts which werent included in the price(most rides are) The go carts were a bit old and dated but everything else was in good working order.

      The chairaplains were the biggest ones ive ever seen. There was also another roller coaster which was quite scary. The pirate ship went upside down and there was lots of other rides that were suitable for all ages.

      The que's werent mad either so you didnt have to wait long to get on the rides. It was a good day out and i will go back.

      Noy sure how good it would have been if it was raining as there isnt much inside, but we had a great day.

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      20.08.2008 20:54
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      A good day out - especially with your Tesco Days Out Vouchers

      We recently went to Craig Tara in Ayrshire, Scotland for a family holiday and chose to spend a day at Loudon Castle. I looked it up online and there seemed to be a fair amount of rides coupled with some shows so it looked like it would be suitable for adults, teenagers and a younger child.

      The best bit was it appeared in that lovely Tesco list of days out, where you are able to exchange your Tesco vouchers at four times their value for days out vouchers. £20.00 of Tesco vouchers therefore got me £80.00 worth of tickets into Loudon which covered the gate fees. (Now that's a bargain for unlimited rides and three shows for 5 people)

      My only worry was that my four year old wouldn't be able to go on very many rides, thankfully that worry was unfounded. The only ride which we all wanted to go on that she wasn't allowed on was the log ride, hubby fortunately volunteered to stay with her so I still got my go (my favourite).

      As you walk upto the park you pass the now derelict Loudon Castle which was massive and a sight to behold on its own. We had no problem paying with our days out vouchers which are accepted in full or part payment.

      We stopped first of all in a walled garden area called Pirates Cove, which mainly housed rides for smaller children. There was a swing ride were the swings fly out as the ride goes round, waltzers, a mini freefall, pirate ship, barrels to sit in which followed a water course, carousel, a small caterpillar roller coaster and a few others. My daughter loved this area and went on everything bar the pirate ship and the waltzers as she was too small. The 11 and 13 year olds found a number of rides which they didn't think were too young for them.

      There are also fairground type stands in here such as picking up a duck with a stick to win a prize and knocking things over, we managed to avoid these as I think they are such a waste of money, even if you do win its usually something worth less than your stake money.

      My boys were by now a little worried that there was nothing more challenging for them. But once we left this area they tried the first of the rollercoasters which included a full upside down loop, three goes later we dragged them off as the Birds of Prey show was about to start.

      I admit I was not looking forward to this show I was there for the boys but it was really good. The guide was funny and interesting, he showed birds such as a turkey vulture and owls and yelled duck everytime he made them fly over our heads. This was definitely one of the highlights and all down to the handler. We were able to take a closer look at the birds after the show. This show lasted about 30 minutes.

      We headed back towards the rides and yelps went up when the boys spotted the large vertical dropzone ride. After seeing it on the internet I had told them there was one, when we saw the mini one in Pirates Cove they were worried that was it.
      First we went on the log ride, a spinning cage which turned you upside down (don't know the name) and then boys went on the vertical drop ride. We left the boys to go back on this ride and took my daughter over to the dodgems. These were tiny and easy for a four year old to drive. The best bit was they were free. I know we had an all inclusive ticket but normally things like dodgems are charged for separately.

      We took her into McDougall's petting zoo and she loved it even the rodent type creatures (I didn't get close enough to tell you what they were) there was a pretend cow in the middle of the pens which you could pull on the udders to milk, she loved this. Fields nearby held lamas etc. which you could get very close to.

      We went back for the boys who were going for probably their 5th go on the vertical dropzone and dragged them back upto the show area stopping briefly to go on another rollercoaster which according to them was not as good as the one at the entrance.

      The second show we watched was the Loudoun Castle Big Top show. This was heavily advertised around the park as featuring Iona the acrobat from Britain's Got Talent. The show was brilliant, Iona was amazing as where the other acts, no animal acts were involved but the stunts and acrobats by all the performers were excellent.

      There was another show called the Rory Show but we missed it as we were at the other end of the park and couldn't face walking the whole way up and back down again. It is apparently a show with a lion who leads the littles one in songs and dances. I'm sure my daughter would have enjoyed this.

      There are a number of eating places, coffee shops\kiosks, ice-cream stands etc. and the prices were quite reasonable for a theme park. You could have a good sit-down lunch or dinner or simply sit on a bench with a coke and an ice-cream.

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      Not too expensive
      Very little queuing
      Shows and dodgems are free
      Can buy an all inclusive ticket (at £1.50 per ride x the number of rides for 5 people it would have been a lot more costly)
      Plenty for little ones
      Farm animals\petting zoo

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      Less rides than most theme parks
      Closed at 5:00pm in July (very strange)
      Extra charge for go-karting

      Current Price Guide £56.00 for a family of 4

      For further information on this attraction, prices directions go to http://www.loudouncastle.co.uk/Bespoke/Loudoun/index.jsp

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        12.07.2008 23:36

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        A spectacular ruin and nice walk spoiled by the addition of a theme park.What looks like it would have once been a walled garden, spoiled by someone out to make money.Had to ask what they DID have from the restaurant menu.Was easier for them to tell me they only had one item from a list of eight.Most of the rides looked older than the castle. One cup of coffee-£1.70.Werent they making enough from my entry fee of £35.00 for my wife,me and my son.???Couldnt find the Pizzeria or a beer. Most of the young staff on the rides looked like they,d rather be somewhere else.All the same worth going to for the Birds of Prey display which was made very interesting and humorous by the falconer.....Take a picnic if you dont like being looted...Oh and by the way the castle is off limits. Look at it from outside only

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        02.08.2001 22:28
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        Loudoun Castle isn't just another theme park, it's one with a difference. As well as the big rides such as the drop zone and many more it also has a wilslife section.The kids can go pony trekking for £1.50 but it doesn't last long twice round a small field but my son loves it. They also have wallabys and llama's and the usual cows and sheep but this was offbounds due to the foot and mouth outbreak.It also has and animal inclosure which contains ferrets and guinea pigs which they have handling sessions whith the staff for. My son stayed well back from the ferrets as my brother in law has two and he knows they bite. There are a number of big rides such as the drop zone with is like the playstation in Blackpool but in reverse as it slowly goes up to a great height then races to the ground at a really fast speed very scary. It has a couple of rollercoasters that I haven't managed to pluck up the courage to go on yet but my sister assures me that they are great, one of the rollercoasters is imported form America and it is the oldest one in the world and just by looking at it you can see why. It has log flumes and a pirate ship and my favourite the waltzers to name but a few of the bigger rides. For the kids there is plenty of attractions just for them the mini roundabouts and hobby horses and mini dodgems etc but there is plenty to keep them occupied for hours. There are a couple of snack bars selling burgers etc but these are quite expensive aas a childs meal with a small burger chips and a small soft drink priced at £2.95 and an adults meal priced at £4.25 so I would advise taking a picnic with you. There are a number of picnic areas around the park as well as barbeques. Any time we have been there the queues haven't been long and we have never waited more than 10 minutes to go on any ride and we have been on bank holiday's which is the buisiest time for any theme park. <br>Prices: It is £12 per adult and £9 for a child over 0.9m tall and children under 0.9m go free. A family ticket for 2 adults and one child over 1.25m tall is £25 and gives you unlimited acces to all the attractions apart from the pony rides which costs £1.50 and the go carts which costs £3. On your first visit you recieve a return voucher which you pay a reduced price of £9 per adult and £18.75 for the family ticket of 2 adults and a child over 0.9m. How to get there: If you are coming from Glasgow there is a bus that runs direct from Buchanan bus station and costs £2.50 return but if you are coming by car it is 30 minutes drive along the A77 to Galston. A great family day out for the kids and adults alike I would recommend it to anyone.

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