We are open most of the year, but we do close during most of November and February. When we are open there will be treks running on 4 days a week for most of this time.
All bookings need to be made through our online booking system. If you have any questions please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Individual trekkers get to lead an alpaca for the full trek and are £22 each, anyone who is 8 and over can lead an alpaca themselves. Under 8's are free of charge, but must be accompanied by a adult trekker who will assist them with leading the alpaca. Under 8's are unable to lead an alpaca on their own. We also allow walkers on the treks, who come along on the trek but do not lead an alpaca. The cost of this is £5 each.
We can have a maximum of 6 guests per trek who are 8 years and over. Children under 8 are free of charge and can walk with a paying adult who is responsible for them (one child per adult). A maximum of 6 spectators can come on the walk and accompany a group (they will not be leading an alpaca). The charge for this is £5 per person.
Alpacas are herd animals and must trek in pairs or more, if you are trekking on your own please do feel free to book onto a session that has slots already booked out so that you can trek with a group, alpacas can not be walked individually.
We can accommodate a whole range of group bookings from schools, residential homes, clubs and so on. We can arrange various activities for your visit, and we have additional space on site for private room hire as well. Please contact us if you wish to discuss a private booking and we can help tailor this to your needs.
We will be walking on and around a farm. Thee ground can be very damp and uneven in places. Please bring sensible footwear (wellies or sturdy boots). If you do not have suitable footwear then you will be unable to participate in the trek and no refunds are available. We do stock a small supply of additional wellies which can be hired with socks, but we cannot guarantee we have your size. Please ensure you dress appropriately for the weather and bring waterproofs and sunscreen if needed. During the colder months we would recommend some gloves as your hands will be exposed holding the lead.
Upon arrival you will be greeted in our “Treud” (Alpaca Barn) in The Courtyard. Here you will meet the other guests on the walk and meet our lovely alpacas. We will give you a health and safety talk and some interesting facts about alpacas (ours in particular) and also our site and local area. We will also give you a chance to get familiar with your alpaca for the trek and give them a few treats (a sure fire way to get in their good books!).
From there we will head out on our trek either on farm or on location. The treks are not too far in distance but the pace will be nice and gentle, it is an ideal way to get to know your alpaca more and also appreciate the stunning scenery this part of Arran has to offer. You will have plenty time to ask any questions that you do have.
When we return back to the “Treud” there will be an opportunity to purchase some special alpaca trinkets to remember your day as well as some refreshments.
For many reasons people wish to come along on our treks but do not want to lead an alpaca. Walkers (those not leading an alpaca) are welcome for a small fee of £5 per person. Please note that walkers must be accompanying a fully paying trekker.
Children are most welcome at Arran Alpacas, in fact alpacas have a real connection with wee ones and it is a pleasure to see the joy that they bring to even people of all ages.
Please remember that Alpacas are naturally timid animals and can be alarmed by loud sounds and sudden movements, children need to be closely supervised by their grown up at all times! Children need to be able to manage the full trek (between 3-5 km), this will be done at a very gentle pace and the routes are fairly flat. We trust the judgement of parents as to whether this activity is suitable for their children having taken this information into account.
Children under 8 are free of charge and can walk with a paying adult on a trek and help with the lead rein (only one child per adult). On the booking system please book in the Adult Trekkers who will be accompanying the young child. Children and young adults 8-16yrs old must be accompanied by at least one trekking or walking adult who is in charge of them.
We also provide mini-treks for younger children. These need to be arranged through us and depend on availability. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
Unfortunately we are unable to allow dogs to accompany treks. As much as we love dogs, alpacas are prey animals and are naturally fearful of dogs. Their presence can alarm and upset our alpacas.
Alpacas dislike the rain as much as we do, especially as they have no lanolin in their fibre. We can probably all put up with it being a wee bit dreich (this is Scotland after all!) in the name of enjoyment.
However, if the weather is particularly poor then we will do our best to re-arrange. Please leave a contact number upon booking this can be helpful if we need to get in touch to re-arrange. If this is not possible then we can issue a trekking voucher which will be valid for 12 months, perfect for a repeat trip (when hopefully it will be sunny!)
If in doubt please ring us before you set off, often we miss the worst of the weather being near the coast and in the valley.
Postcode for satnav: KA27 8DT, we are located at Balmichael Glamping.