For the last full day of our holiday, we went to The Scottish Deer Centre in Cupar.
Entry to the park was £36.70 for two adults and four kids, plus £2.50 for three bags of deer feed.
The park is, as the name suggests, home to several different types of deer. It also has wildcats, birds of prey, otters, red foxes, red squirrels, a lynx, elk, wolves and a pair of brown bears.
You can’t feed all the deer. Signs tell you which ones have a diet which includes the feed you can buy. If you have feed, the deer will run over towards you with, as Eve put it, “tickly tongues”. Luckily, they provide sinks and handwash to get rid of the deer spit.
There weren’t many photo opportunities as every pic contained wire fencing and the elevated area / treetop walkway was closed for repair. It was still pleasant to see the animals close up. The bears came right up to the fence giving the kids a great view.
As well as the animals, there was a decent sized outdoor play area. The park also had picnic tables, a large shop, pedal carts, a zip line and a not-so-impressive indoor slide.
The otter feeding was interesting, although technical issues caused horrendous feedback which scared quite a lot of people away.
The highlight of the day was the birds of prey display. Otis the Eagle Owl put on a cracking show. A falcon and a shy American Kestrel were also brought out for the crowd.
If you’re interested in visiting the 55 acre park, here’s a tip. WEAR WELLIES. Some of the paths were partially closed with a warning of muddy puddles.
It was a fun day trip with plenty to keep the kids happy. To be honest, I’d avoid it if it’s been raining a lot because the site seems to have trouble dealing with mud. Nevertheless, I’d recommend it for a trip.