We have been transforming Balmichael back to a small farm holding with animals and glamping accommodation.
From what was an abandoned site of barns and land, we are striving to return Balmichael's traditional farm charm with sustainable choices and homely feel.
We know you are coming to see our alpacas but we encourage everyone to enjoy visiting our little farm too!! There is lots more to see and do.
Please park at the sign-posted car park and wander down the path to The Courtyard where we will be around to welcome you.
The Courtyard is steeped in history and hosts a collection of beautiful farm buildings including an old mill (yet to be refurbished) and we have some traditional farm machinery on display.
Alpaca trekkers can make use of the outbuilding WCs in the courtyard where warm water is available for hand washing. Hand sanitiser is available all over the site.
The Ben is where complimentary refreshments (tea, coffee and juice) is served after your trek. There are indoor tables where you can picnic, relax and have a chat with us. Should you wish a token memory of your visit we have a little shop which only supports local artists/crafts and fairly-traded Peruvian goods. We even have our very own 'Dougal the Alpaca' range including mugs, coasters and keyrings.
The Ben was actually a cinema (yes you read that correctly) when we took on Balmichael but now is an airy, flexible barn perfectly located next to the play area and duck pond.
The play area with its wooden trim trail and slide will keep the kids entertained for hours. It is positioned on a grass area next to a fenced-off duck pond. There is a small football area with goals - you might even get our own kids joining in a game or two. All we ask is that you please supervise your children for their safety.
Bring a picnic to make the most of your visit - you can do this before or after your alpaca session! We want you have a fun-filled and fabulous time!
It's not just alpacas that everyone loves to see here at Balmichael. We have a growing range of animals - you never know who might come to stay here next!!
Our Valais Blacknose Sheep (Hamish & Innis) moved to us in January 2021 as cute little bottle-fed lambs. Its easy to see why they are known as "the cutest sheep in the world!"
See our ducks down by the pond (or sometimes having a waddle about). Sometimes you may be lucky enough to get one of their eggs! Two wild ducks lived in the pond originally but since adding three white pekin ducks and three call ducks, they've all become one big, quacky family.
The Hen Hoose is where you'll find our resident hens! They are full of character and love a bit of attention! You can help collect the eggs and we also sell the eggs by their coop on a take-as-you need basis.
Please do extend your day with us, enjoy your complimentary refreshment and make the most of your visit to Arran Alpacas!