Alpacas are wonderful creatures. They are somehow exotic and yet familiar and cuddly all in one adorable package. Just outside of St Andrews is Bowbridge Alpacas. It is a family-run working farm. If you make a visit to Bowbridge Alpacas, you will have the opportunity to have a tailor-made experience with the alpacas on the farm.
As well as visiting the farm you can buy an alpaca wool keepsake to take home with you. You can even adopt one of the alpacas for yourself or as a gift.
There is a range of activities available to have a go at. If you want something sedate, then you can try your hand at needle felting so that you can make your own alpaca art. There are also treks where you can lead the alpacas around the farm and then learn how to take them around an obstacle course.
There are experiences that allow you to get hands-on with the whole herd and if there are babies in need of feeding you can have the chance to do this. They also run an experience that teaches you everything that you need to know about alpaca husbandry. If you are interested in keeping your own alpaca,s then this is a great introduction to all the aspects of their care.
If you have a group, then you can arrange your own bespoke combination of activities. The farm offers children’s birthdays, hen and stag do’s and even corporate events.
Some of the activities are weather dependent. The trek, in particular, requires good weather. You don’t want to be doing an obstacle course with an alpaca in the driving rain!
Because the farm is still working and not just a visitor centre, you will need to book before you go. This also means that there is no cafe inside. The farm does, however, provides light refreshments when an activity is on.
You should dress appropriately when visiting. Wellies can be a good idea all year round but are a must in winter. Layering up your clothing is also a good idea as Scottish weather can be quite changeable. You should also wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.