Llama farms have become fairly popular in the UK over the past few decades. But there aren’t many that offer a quality experience where you can get up-and-close and personal with these majestic South American pack animals. However, Llama Land (properly spelled ‘Lland’; but you’re forgiven…) offers a superb day out where you can spend plenty of time with these woolly wonders.
Just three miles out from Truro, Llama Land (or Lland…) is set on a 140-acre farm that has been in the Tripp family for more than 100 years. It’s been all about the llamas since it was established in 2001 and boasts a relaxing atmosphere in the gorgeous Cornish countryside. The family actually introduced the llamas in the first place to help control the farm’s scrub areas as well as to protect its sheep from foxes. But their love for the creature grew and so did the size of their herd. So they created an attraction that allows the public to enjoy the llamas as much as they do every day. There have been plenty of llama births on the farm since 2001 and a number of the animals have been sold as pets.
The friendly llamas, each of which boasts its own quirky personality, are, of course, the star attraction and the expert guides here teach young and old alike all about these beasts, as well as allowing them to pick out their favourite one that ‘best suits their personality’ before they take them out for a long walk. These walks go through the old woods on the land as well as across the farm itself. Visitors will also see the other animals on the estate and will enjoy lunch, drinks and Cornish cream teas at the end of their woolly adventure. Walks around the surrounding hills, with their excellent views, are also recommended during a trip.
All visits must be booked in advance although it’s cash only when you get there. Each visit centres around a walking tour with an expert guide and they always start at 10am and last for three hours. Private tours are available. You can’t take a llama home with you, sadly, but you can enjoy a few fun-packed hours of making friends with these wonderful creatures in the heart of the Cornish countryside.