My daughter has a slight obsession with foxes so when we found out the Scottish Deer Centre in Cupar had some we wrapped up and headed straight there bringing my niece and mum along too.
Situated just outside Cupar The Deer Centre covers 55 acres of gorgeous Scottish woodland. The sheer scales gave our legs a good workout.
The park has 14 different species of Deer including the Axel Deer, Reindeer and Roe Deer.
Also they have Asian Short Clawed Otters from Asia, two European Brown Bears, a Northern Links and three Scottish Wildcats. There is a bird of prey area and they put on displays most days and there is also some gorgeous strange looking Eurasian Elk/moose.
They also have Fife’s only Wolf pack.
There is two hand reared deer at the beginning of the park where you can, free of charge, go into the field and have a “Nose to Nose” experience. They are very friendly and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it.
We walked towards the top of the park through the feeding area which is three fields of deer who we fed with the feed you can buy at the entrance. Little pellets that they wolfed down. These are the cutest things, very friendly and a little bit hyper!
Next up was the Witches Wood where we found the Eurasian Elks lazily chomping away at their food and enjoying the cold weather.
Here was also the fox area but they were hiding so we left it a while, instead braving the hill top walk on the hunt for red squirrels.
After the kids had a play at the park and we seen the wolves we headed back to the cafe for some soup to warm us up. They have a lovely little cafe, if slightly expensive, though that was probably because I kept having to buy bottles of juice for the kids, I learned my lesson, I’ll bring some with me next time. The soup was delicious and they also sell paninis, sandwiches and full meals.
We then went to the Otter feeding time, and there were some new little babies, we watched at the side while the keepers gave them their feed and played around with them and explained to us all about them.
We then walked back over to the wolf area to watch as the keepers fed the larger animals. First the wolfs then the Linx, wild cats, bears then finally the foxes. This time we managed to see them, if very briefly, they were a tad shy. The keepers were brilliant, very knowledgable, they answered everyone’s questions and talked to us about where the animals came from, what they ate, and all about their habits and rituals.
This park has more than enough to keep the whole family happy and busy for the full day. They have so much on including Birds of Prey demonstrations, guided tours, an indoor play area, a play park in Wolf wood, a Kart track, the carnivore feeding walk, otter feeding and woodland walks. The Edinburgh Woollen Mill also has a shop and there is a gift shop and a Highland food and whisky shop. They put on special events during the year, at the moment there is a huge Santa’s Grotto which looks fab.
Check out their website here. Adult price £8.50 and Child price £5.70, family and concession tickets are available.