The UK's only Robinson Crusoe Adventure Park opens

Click here to watch the launch of the Robinson Crusoe Adventure Park, exclusive to Elie Holiday Park.

The Robinson Crusoe Adventure Park which draws on a piece of fascinating seafaring history has just been opened at the stunningly located Elie Holiday Park in Fife.

“Robinson Crusoe Adventure Park” has been specially built, as part of a major investment programme, to reflect the area’s connections with famous Largo sailor Alexander Selkirk.

The impressive and unique structure takes the form of a two masted sailing ship linked to a desert island.

It is sure to prove a big hit with young visitors to the holiday park, which lies next to the Fife Coastal Path at Shell Bay.

Selkirk, and his experiences at the beginning of the 18th century on an island in the archipelago of Juan Fernandez, off the coast of Chile, provided the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s famous book Robinson Crusoe.

The attraction was opened on Easter Saturday (April 23) by award-winning businessman John Parker, of Morton of Pitmilly, who is the chairman of the Fife Tourism Partnership.

The event was accompanied by a programme of activity including a visit from the Anstruther-based RNLI crew, rock pool guddles with rangers from the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, face painting, balloon art, and music from the Tullis Russell Mills Band.

One of the central characters was storyteller Ron Fairweather, who captivated youngsters with tales of sea and shore as he took on the guise of Robinson Crusoe.

George Elles, the managing director of Abbeyford Leisure, said: “Fife offers a wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy an incredible mix of coastal activities. From screaming gulls to ancient mariners, there is always something to do and see. So we have characterised the area’s link to Robinson Crusoe, and created a superb adventure park for all of our customers to enjoy.”

Speaking at the launch Mr Parker welcomed the decision to invest in new facilities for younger guests: “From my own experience, children’s memories of places and fun that they had stay with them as they grow older.

“I am sure that they will remember the magical times they had on holiday in Fife, and will be likely to return with their own children in the future” he said.