Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park: Castle Semple Visitor Centre and Country Park

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Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, PA12 4EA

    Glasgows nearest big countryside attraction for a healthy family fun day out or outdoor activities in Scotlands largest Regional Park.

    On the scenic shores of Castle Semple Loch beside cycle route 7 from Glasgow and Irvine and only 1 mile from Lochwinnoch Railway Station. It is one of three Visitor Centres in the Regional Park, they all have FREE parking and entry, sign posted woodland walks and nature trails. Easy wildlife watching, indoor and outdoor attractions, refreshements, gift shops and a Ranger Service.

    Explore the Semple Trail from Lochwinoch railway station, along the lochshore and into Parkhill Woods - the designed landscape and ancestoral homelands of the Clan Semple.  A visits to the woods allows one to escape the hussle and bussle of the Visitor Centre and outdoor activity courses where wildlife is plentiful all year round.  In spring the Woods are bathed in a haze of bluebells, closely followed with the emerging purple flowers of rhododendron and then the wonderful colours of autumn trees and falling leaves. 

    At the Visitor Centre, with cafe overlooking the loch has an exhibition about the families and owners of the Castle Semple Estate.   Ask the Castle Semple Countryside Rangers about the Parkhill Challenge - a treasure-hunt style activity suitable for all the family.  Boat and bike hire is availble at weekends and on public and local school hoidays.

    The Centre is recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority to deliver water sports such as RYA sailing and power boating, BCU kayaking and canoeing. Other courses and group taster sessions include trail biking, archery, navigation and raft building.

    Muirshiel Visitor Centre, only 4 miles from Lochwinnoch is in the heart of the Regional Park with easy access to great walking country. The wonderful scenery includes the heather hills of Misty Law and Hill of Stake (522m) or moorland views and walks to the now disused Barytes mine. The child friendly walk to the volcanic plug of Windy Hill (316m) has great views over the Clyde and towards Glasgow. Or stay in the country park and follow the 2km (1 hour) country, 1km (20 min) habitat or 500m (20 min) waterfall nature trails.

    The heather moors are home to one of Britains rarest Birds of Prey, the Hen Harrier, these amazing birds can usually be seen live on CCTV throughout the season (May - Aug approx.)  Recorded highlights, exhibition panels and childrens activities are available throughout the year. Contact 01505 842803 for details.

    The Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, at Cornalees Bridge provides wonderful walks, wildlife watching opportunties, scenic views and picnic sites at the start of the Greenock Cut - designated ancient monument that is 5.5 mile long aqueduct.  Allow half a day for a great reasonably level circular-walk with panoramic views of the Clyde.  A shorter walk includes the 2.5 km (1 hour) Shielhill Glen nature trail.

    The Centre is open all year with events, exhibitions, a FREE Kids Wildlife Corner with environmental education activities such as a badger set, word searches, animals and colouring in. Contact 01475 521129 for details.


    3 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Visitor Centre Opening Times
    1 Nov 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 16:00
    Tuesday 10:00 16:00
    Wednesday 10:00 16:00
    Thursday 10:00 16:00
    Friday 10:00 16:00
    Saturday 10:00 16:00
    Sunday 10:00 16:00
    Visitor Centre Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 10:00 17:00


    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • ASVA Member
    • Equipment Hire Seasonal Bike Hire and repairs Sesaonal Boat Hire includes row boats, canoes and zorbs.
    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area
    • Tuition Available


    • Lochside Location
    • Rural Location
    • Village Location

    Special Requirements

    • Disabled Citizens
    • Dogs Welcome Well behaved dogs are welcome.
    • Groups Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route Lochwinnoch railway station is 1mile, accessible along level off road lochside path, part of the Semple Trial.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance


    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • all routes
    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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