Situated in the picturesque valley of the River Clyde, Strathclyde Country Park offers vast spaces of peaceful, natural beauty as well as one of Scotland’s most renowned locations for outdoor recreation. If taking a short break in the central Lowlands of the country Strathclyde Country Park is a must visit addition to the itinerary.
Centred around the manmade Strathclyde Loch the park holds excellent water-sport facilities and is one of Scotland’s top licensed outdoor activity centres. Activities range from the leisurely to the strenuous, at levels from beginner to expert. Available for hire are Canadian canoes, bumper boats and pedalos with boat trips also operating on the loch for the more relaxed visit. For the water-sport enthusiast, canoeing, water skiing, rowing, windsurfing and dinghy sailing are all popular activities on the loch. These options are also open to the beginner with equipment available for hire and expert, professional tuition on hand.
The park also offers dry land sporting activities. Mountain bikes are available for hire as well as horse riding permits for the parks bridal paths. The loch, ponds and waterways throughout the park provide excellent coarse angling spots, provisional on granted permits and its pathways make for great jogging tracks. There are also three structured orienteering courses and a range of football pitches.
Aside from myriad recreational activities, Strathclyde Country Park is also home to some stunning natural beauty and historical landmarks. Open parklands, woodland and wetlands form the surroundings through which to explore a number of footpaths and nature trails, with a recorded 150 species of birds and animals in the area. Guided walks are scheduled throughout the year. The remains of Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort and close by, the remnants of a Roman bath house demonstrate the areas heritage whilst the nearby bridge stands as a fantastic medieval imitation of an original Roman construction. The bridge crosses the South Calder Water, a river that flows in from the west to feed the Strathclyde loch.
With dedicated, world class outdoor facilities, Strathclyde Country Park is the perfect location for the water-sport fanatic on a short break in Scotland. Easily accessible, with excellent bus and train links, there is also several car parks available for those wishing to travel by road. For the less experienced water-sport lover, there are a range of courses available, full details of which can be accessed through the North Lanarkshire government website. With such a wealth of activities on offer, Strathclyde Country Park is one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions and well worth a visit this summer.