You’ll start your journey in a cosy wooden hut just minutes’ walk from the car park – very handy!
Here, you’ll be handed a map to help you guide your way through the woodland attraction (don’t worry, it’s fully lit), and the chance to purchase some tasty hot food from local suppliers – the burger is well worth a try!
The trail starts just outside the hut: you’ll make your way through the lit trees to the magical Fairy Village, where the little ones can enjoy a wee bedtime story, or some face painting before heading into the main forest path – this year’s theme - Reflections.
There’s a host of quirky features as you make your way into the depths of the woods, and plenty of photo opportunities – the staff are all super friendly so don’t be afraid to hand them your phone and ask them to take a group snap!
Halfway round the trail you’ll find The Hub, offering a covered area to enjoy refreshments, or (new for 2017!) the opportunity to purchase some marshmallows to toast on the open fire – tasty!
As you continue to make your way through the second half of the trail, you’ll be met with a breath-taking light display, before strolling past the wonderfully lit fallen Oak Trees and reaching the ‘Alive Tree’, a spookily lit tree against the silhouette of the Campsite Fells - the perfect opportunity for a group photo in the most spectacular surroundings.
With 1.3km of paths across 14 acres of woodland, you needn’t worry about it getting too cramped, and there’s no rush as you make your way at your own pace. But it takes an average of 40 minutes to an hour to get around, before heading back into the hut for a hot chocolate, and a look around the traditional gifts and snacks.
All in all, it’s a magical evening out, and the ideal family or friends experience for these crisp November nights!
Where: North Ballochruin Farm, Balfron. Pop G63 0LE into your sat nav.
When: Woodland Lights runs from now until the 12th November. 430-930pm.
How: We recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment: woodlandexperiences.co.uk.
Top Tip: Wrap up warm, and bring wellies - it gets a bit muddy!