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Frequently Asked Questions

When do you trek?

We are open most of the year, but we do close during most of Febuary and March (up until easter), as this is the busy time for us with 900 ewes to lamb on the farm.  During the rest of the year days when we are unavailable to trek show up as a white square ‘date unavailable’ on the booking calender.

How do we book a trek?

Bookings must be made online only via the bookings page.  (If you are visiting the area on holiday and need assistance booking online the tourist information centres have free WIFI and can assist you in getting connected!).

How Many people can book?

We can accomadate six trekkers at anyone time (plus accompanying children under 8, see below).

Single Bookings

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.

Do you do private group bookings?

Yes!

We can accommadate a whole range of group bookings, from schools, nurserys, discussion groups, church groups, residential homes, clubs and so on.  We can arrange various activities for your visit, additional farm tour or simply a trek.  Please do email or telephone us to discuss your requirments and we can put a programme together for you.

What should we bring?

Please remember that this is a farm, the ground can be damp and uneven, (and poopy), so sensible footwear is required (wellies or sturdy boots), long trousers are advisable, waterproofs or sunscreen (depending on the weather – sometimes both!) and don’t forget your camera!

What can we expect?

We begin with an introduction to alpacas, their history, nature, uses and relationship with humans and an introduction to our own alpacas where you will be paired up with your trekking partner.  Each alpaca is different and has their own personality so we try and take this into account when matching you up! We will then set of on a gentle trek around part of our 317 acre farm, there will be plenty of time to talk more about alpacas along the way as well as taking in the splendid local views, local history, learn more about our livestock, the farm or anything else that you might want to know or simply enjoy some peace and quiet with your camalid friend, it is up to you!  Obviously as this is a working farm, we will be walking amongst livestock, so if you are nervous of animals please take this into account!

Is Alpaca Trekking suitable for children?

Absolutely!

Children are most welcome at Senwick Alpaca trekking, in fact alpacas have a real connection with wee ones and it is a pleasure to see the joy that they bring to even the smallest child! It is worth taking into account that due to the nature of being up close to various animals children need to be calm and respectful toward our alpaca friends.  We trust the judgement of parents as to whether this activity is suitable for their children having taken this into account.

Children under 8 are free to accompany a paying adult on a trek and to share the lead rein (preferably one child per adult). Alternatively look out for details of Tiny Trekker events, designed for children 8 and under.

Children and young adults 8-16yrs old must be accompanied by at least one trekking (and responsible!) adult who is in charge of them!

Tiny Trekker Experience: for children 8 and under includes meeting, greeting a walk around the paddock, activities and feeding the alpacas before heading home.  Look out for details of tiny trekkers morning sessions on our facebook page under ‘events’ @senwickalpacas.

Can I bring my dog(s) along?

Unfortunately we are unable to allow dogs to accompany treks.  As much as we love dogs, alpacas are naturally fearful of our canine friends and their presence can alarm and upset our alpacas.

What happens if it’s raining?

Alpacas dislike the rain as much as us humans, although we can probably all put up with a little drizzle (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.  If you 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 a full refund will be granted or 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 on the coast (fingers crossed the sun always shines!).

Directions:

Please do avail yourself of how to get here before you set off!!  Copy/print the directions below as a useful plan of action!

Post code for satnav: DG64TR.

Approaching from Kirkcudbright:

Leave KBT heading toward Borgue Village, turn left onto ‘The Stell’ onto the B727, signposted ‘Borgue’.  Follow the B727 turning left at the signpost for Brighouse Bay/Ross Bay, continue before taking the first left, signposted ‘Ross Bay’, take the first left signposted Upper Senwick Farm and Senwick Alpaca Trekking.

Approaching from Gatehouse of Fleet:

Turn off the A75 signposted Borgue, follow the signs into Borgue village heading toward Kirkcudbright.  Take the first right turn signposted for Brighouse Bay/Ross Bay, continue before taking the first left, signposted ‘Ross Bay’, take the first left signposted Upper Senwick Farm and Senwick Alpaca Trekking.

 
 

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