Top Tips

Here are a few of the top tips / important info. that you may want to keep in mind when visiting Monty’s wee part of the world…


Our prices vary depending on the season and what sessions we have available.

Click on the “Book Ticket” tab to see all that we have on offer and relevant prices.

(Please note all children and adults coming into Monty’s are required to have a ticket.)



Ticket prices are slightly more expensive when not booked online and also there can be days we close or have different opening hours for group or private events so it’s definitely a good idea to check and book via the Book Tickets icon

Our Usual Opening Hours are:

Mon to Wed 10-3pm (indoor & outdoor play)

Thurs & Fri 10-4pm (indoor & outdoor play)

Sat & Sun 10-4pm (outdoor play) and choose your 2 hour indoor play slot

Our Opening hours vary, but when you pop on to book via the “Book Tickets” icon the timings will show depending on the session and day you fancy coming along.


Ardardan Estate,
Argyll & Bute,
G82 5HD


We are firm believers that there’s no such thing as bad weather…just the wrong gear!

So like every good farmer remember to wrap up and dress for the elements and although major mud can be avoided for the full farm experience remember to pop in your wellies!

FOR INDOOR PLAY – Please remember to bring indoor shoes for your indoor play slot (the indoor play is all wooden and rope and so wearing shoes makes it more comfortable….trainers or some similar would be perfect).

Dirty shoes won’t be permitted on the indoor play so while on a dry day it won’t be a bother to wear the same shoes as outdoors it would be brill if when wet and muddy you pop on other shoes when going indoors please.



+ What age is monty's best for?

Monty’s is aimed at pre-school and primary school age children (between 18 months & 10 years approximately).

With lots of animals to meet, go karts to play on and fun play structures lots of bigger kids (and adults) love it too!

+ Do I need to book?

Yes please to avoid disappointment we advise that you book online please.  Tickets are a little cheaper online too….

Click here to book tickets:

If you have any queries about a booking on please don’t hesitate to email us at

+ Do you have a cafe?

We sure do.  Monty’s cafe is located inside our indoor play building and grub can be ordered and enjoyed during indoor time slots.

During the weekends and holiday days our outdoor coffee / ice cream kiosk is also open in our Monty’s shop where you can grab hot drinks, cakes, sandwiches and other snacks if you fancy.

We also have our tearoom alongside at Ardardan which is our table service cafe.  It’s best to book for Ardardan tearoom if you’ll fancy it, give the tearoom team a buzz on 01389 849188 to book a table.

+ Can I bring my own grub?

As a family we know how important constant snacks and food are to keep everyone going! You are welcome to bring a picnic or snacks and enjoy on our outdoor picnic benches dotted around the farm park.  Whilst we ask that only grub, drinks and treats bought on site are enjoyed whilst in our indoor play barn and cafe – picnics are more than welcome on our outdoor picnic bench seating areas and we also have a few tables by our gift shop where picnics are welcome too.

Our Coffee and Treat Kiosk is open during weekend and school holiday sessions if you do fancy enjoying our homemade goodies, or a good coffee outwith your indoor play time (usually our first port of call on a day out!)

+ Can I book the indoor play on its own?

We’re so sorry we don’t have the option of having just indoor play – Monty’s is an outdoor attraction with the option to add an indoor play slot during our weekend and holiday sessions.

Depending on the time of year of sessions chosen some tickets have indoor play included – so just have a look on the event or session you fancy coming along to.

During some holidays and our event sessions to keep our numbers indoors nice and safe indoor play may not be included in your ticket but you will be given the option of adding indoor play for a slot if you fancy.

If you do choose to add on indoor play slot please be mindful of your chosen hour slot and be with us at least 5/10 minutes before this time.  You are welcome to play outdoors for as long as you like during our opening hours on your chosen visit day.

+ Do children wear shoes in the indoor play?

They sure do.  Monty’s indoor play is a fully wooden and rope structure (just like outdoor play) and so can be sore on wee bare toes.  So please wear indoor/ clean shoes when playing on Monty’s indoor play.

If you’ve been playing outside in Monty’s before your indoor slot if it’s been dry and not too muddy little ones can keep on the same shoes but no super muddy wellies on the indoor play please.

+ Can I bring my dog?

We’re afraid not.

We’re so sorry and we totally understand that your dog may be part of your family but as good as we’re sure your dog is our farm animals aren’t so comfortable with dogs and so to make sure we keep them calm and happy we do not have dogs in Monty’s.

From our car park there is a lovely walk to Ardmore Point through our fields and on.  As long as dogs are on a lead you are more than welcome to enjoy this outdoor space with your dog, and can always grab coffee in our Take Away Horsebox Hangout at Ardardan if you fancy!

+ Is Monty's Pram / Wheelchair Accessible?

Yes it is.

We have done our very best to make our pathways accessible for wheelchairs.  They are made of crushed type one through our woods and so may feel a bit bumpy but we have lots of prams and wheelchair users who come along and explore with no problems.

If you would like to bring a child along with any mobility issues we hope you all enjoy seeing the animals, exploring the woods and enjoying our environment. You may find that most of our play equipment isn’t fully accessible and so you may find there’s less to do on this front.  If this is the case please do send us a wee email to and we can advise on the ticket price and help get you booked in.

+ Do you have an annual / season pass?

Yes….we sure do.  We have season passes valid a few months at a time throughout the year.  Our passes are always for one named child accompanied by an adult on each visit (the adult can change as we know it’s handy for different adults to be able to bring a little one depending on the day).

You can see full details and buy a season pass for your family or as a gift for others via:

+ Is Monty's Open every day?

We are ever changing and adapting to demands and our business requirements.

During January & February we are CLOSED ON MONDAYS but have bookable sessions Tuesday to Sunday.

From Easter time onwards we will aim to be open 7 days in the spring and summer months.

Our opening hours vary but are noted on the specific days once you’ve chosen your session.

+ What animals can we see at Monty's

Monty himself is a big loveable heelan coo so our Highland Cows are always delighted to see you.

Also in our animal paddocks we have donkeys, Kevin, Duncan and Bow our alpacas, different varieties of sheep, our wee pygmy goats and of course our donkeys Bramble & Muffin.

In other areas we also have our chickens & ducks as well as our guinea pigs and rabbits in our wee animal shed.  And of course we can’t forget our big piggies Thelma & Louise!

All of our animals are on a fairly strict diet so we ask that you enjoy saying hello but only feed the food available to buy from our team at our welcome kiosk.

Hand washing facilities are available at each animal contact area.