Live. Laugh. Llama. at ShangriLlama Castle.
Tucked in the North Texas countryside is the charming town of Royse City. There dwells a castle. It is no ordinary castle, mind you. In this Irish replica castle abides a fellowship of frolicking llamas, who await travelers and enthusiasts alike, to take them on hikes and learn of their llama ways. [Featured image: @blayke.ryan/@emslikewhat]
If you’ve ever dreamed of going on a guided tour with llamas, complete with sweeping countryside views, and a majestic backdrop, wait no longer. Fulfill your fantasy at castle ShangriLlama. The gates of the castle are now open to the public, offering llama lovers an interactive education like none other.
Their Llama Lessons take place on select Saturdays in the castle barn, where, for $20, the live-in family tutors visitors through props, video, and, of course, llamas. For safety purposes, benches inside the barn are placed six feet apart. Also important to note: toddlers, infants, and other children under the age of 4 are not permitted to attend due to insurance reasons.
The castle barn is also the starting point of SL’s Llama Walks, from which visitors will hike alongside the pack on the Enchanted Forest Trails. Therein which will commence a 2.5-hour trek that will lead you past scenic pastures, fairytale statues, and the castle gatehouse. Rest assured, there will be breaks and further llama lessons along the way. Plus, plenty of chances to snap selfies with the herd. Tickets for Llama Walks Likewise for insurance reasons, children younger than 8 are not permitted on llama walks. Tickets for walks cost $50 per person. Walks are held from November to April each year and are limited to group of three.
Private Llama Walks are also available during the week for the same price for groups between 12 and 18 people. Walks may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. If visitors need to cancel their reservation, they must do so no less than 48 hours before their reservation. After booking a reservation, the castle will provide guests with its exact address.
The castle also hosts birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings upon request.