There are plenty of places and ways visitors can enjoy the outstanding natural landscape of Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.
Choose from a fantastic choice of country parks including Clyde Muirshiel, the country’s largest regional park and home to one of the UK’s rarest breeding birds, the hen harrier.
Other great country parks include Finlaystone Country Estate with its beautiful gardens and waters, and Dams to Darnley which extends over 1,350 acres. Both Pollock Country Park and Mugdock Country Park offer visitors an outdoor idyll without having to leave the confines of Glasgow.
Within the city are Kelvingrove Park on the banks of the River Kelvin and the sprawling Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park. Take in a dazzling array of native and exotic flora inside the ornate Kibble Palace at Glasgow Botanic Gardens and explore the city’s other glorious green spaces.
The Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve (NNR) encompasses six natural woodlands including the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Take in tumbling waterfalls and look for over 100 species of bird which reside in the surrounding woodland.
One of the best ways to experience the stunning scenery of the lush Clyde Valleys is to follow the Clyde Valley Tourist Route, a 42-mile trail that take in various attractions and breathtaking viewpoints along the way.
Enjoy a leisurely walk or cycle along the Forth & Clyde Canal or build a sand castle at one of the region’s pristine beaches on the Firth of Clyde. Situated near Glasgow, the award-winning Lunderston Bay is the ideal place to fly a kite and soak up the sea air. Not far from the region you can find wonderful beaches such as Prestwick Beach, Troon Beach and Ayr Beach.
With a breathtaking coastline and an abundance of country parks, nature reserves and gardens, visitors will find it impossible not to be swept away by the natural beauty of Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.