The Clyde Valley has many great outdoor spaces from smaller parks and gardens to larger country parks. In East Renfrewshire, walk round the boating pond and through the woodland at Rouken Glen Park. Dams to Darnley is Scotland’s newest country park, and covers over 1,350 acres of water, wetland, woodland and grassland. Discover the area’s history and wildlife in the park and see the striking feature of Barrhead dams.
Scotland’s largest regional park, Clyde Muirshiel, sits to the west of this area and offers activities such as sailing, kayaking and wildlife watching - look out for one of the UK’s rarest breeding birds, the hen harrier. The RSPB Nature Reserve at Lochwinnoch is one of the few wetlands left in west Scotland. This is a great place to marvel at the region’s wildlife with whooper swans, wigeons and great crested grebes.
Embrace the great outdoors at the Finlaystone Country Estate which offers great walks past colourful gardens and tumbling waterfalls, and you can enjoy a barbeque or stop for a bite in the tearoom.
The Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve (NNR) takes in an amazing six natural woodlands including the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Take a riverside walk to see the magnificent waterfalls and look out for more than 100 species of bird and resident otters.
Milngavie’s Mugdock Country Park has some great short walks, two ruined castles and a host of activities from horse riding and orienteering through to archery and golf.
Try out some sailing, kayaking or rowing on the water at Strathclyde Country Park or head into Scotland’s first theme park, M&Ds, for thrilling rollercoasters rides and crazy golf.
Spend a day at James Hamilton Heritage Park and take a taster watersport session on the beautiful 16 acre loch, or visit the adventure playgrounds before heading to the bird sanctuary.