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Just 30 miles from Loch Lomond Holiday Park, Woodland Lights is the perfect family attraction this winter.

 

Situated on North Ballochruin Farm on the outskirts of Balfron, you might be mistaken for taking a wrong turn on the way to the location, with very little light pollution in the local area adding to the atmosphere.

 

On arrival, you’ll start your journey at a large wooden building just minutes’ walk from the car parking. In this cosy hut, you’ll be handed a map to help you guide your way through the forest attraction (don’t worry, it’s fully lit), and the chance to purchase some tasty hot food from local suppliers - if you get a chance, try the burger!

 

From here, you’ll be led to the start of the trail, where a line of multi-coloured lit trees will welcome you into the ‘Fairy Village’. Here, children (or big kids) can get their face painted, before making your way into the four seasons of the forest adventure.

 

Starting with the spring part of the trail, the ‘Willow Walk’ offers a glorious walk into the depths of the lit trees, with classical music and wildlife noises adding to the ambience of the experience. Reaching the ponds at the bottom of the forest, Bryan Adams’ “Summer of 69” and “Walking on sunshine” can be heard from treetop speakers, alongside a breath-taking light show across the still water, giving a real feeling of warmth on an otherwise chilly evening.

 

The music starts to fade away as the walk tails back uphill and into autumn.  A peacefully lit shelter sits in the midst of the trees; the ground covered in hay and leaves, with wooden seats and barrels providing an area to relax before the final part of the adventure.

 

The path finishes with winter, with the lights almost acting as snowflakes falling alongside the trail, before reaching the ‘Alive Tree’, a spookily lit tree against the silhouette of the Campsite Fells - the perfect opportunity for a group photo (or selfie) in the most spectacular surroundings.

 

After about 40 minutes around the trees, it’s back into the wooden hut for a hot drink, as well as a look around the traditionally Scottish gifts and snacks. All in all, it’s a magical evening out, and the ideal family experience for these crisp November nights – highly recommend!

 

Tip – wrap up warm, and bring wellies - it gets a bit muddy!

 

Woodland Lights is open 4th – 20th November 2016, with displays from 430pm – 830pm (930pm on weekends).   Book in advance from woodlandexperiences.co.uk.

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