Playing wild

  • The new-look adventure playground at Bowhill
  • Two slides are connected by a tricky rope walk
  • On the zip-wire
  • Making music (of sorts!)
  • Forest tunes
  • Great playground, beautiful setting


We’d heard about the newly spruced-up adventure playground at Bowhill House and Country Estate, so it was high time for a visit ...

Mmm, decisions, decisions. What to play on first … one of two zip-wires, a huge wooden fort, cargo scramble net, rope bridge, some serious slides, or fantastic selection of swings? My trusty adventure playground tester (aged four and a bit) was having a hard time deciding quite where to begin.

And I could see why. Set amongst the trees, the newly-revamped playground at Bowhill is really rather special. With sections to test and challenge even the most adventurous youngster, there’s something here for all ages. But it’s not all fast and furious. The playground also offers a change of pace with a selection of beautifully-crafted forest instruments, including a huge wooden glockenspiel.

It’s in a beautiful setting too, with trees all around and views to the upper loch in front of Bowhill House itself. We lost ourselves for a good hour-and-a-half before pausing for a quick picnic and then heading off for a cycle around the gorgeous Lochs Walk (two miles).

Oh, and if you’re wondering what my little tester tried out first, it was the 30-metre-long zip-wire. An excellent choice!  

Further info

Click here for much more on the host of outdoor activities available at Bowhill.


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