Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park: Greenock Cut Visitor Centre

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Cornalees Bridge, Greenock, Renfrewshire, PA16 9LX

    Do one of the top 50 walks in Scotland - the circular 11km walk is reasonably level, with panoramic views of the Clyde. Start at Drumfrochar Station and then stop half way at the Visitor Centre for coffee and see the exhibition.

    The Visitor Centre, at Loch Thom is the starting point for a range of lochside, woodland and historic walks all with wonderful scenic views and lots of wildlife watching opportunties.

    Visit the interactive Greenock Cut Exhibition on arrival for a more memorable explore of the Greenock Cut itself.  The Cut is a designated ancient monument and is 5.5 miles long.  Allow half a day to enjoy a reasonably level circular walk of the Greenock Cut with panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde and islands especially if you walk anti clockwise! Those with less time can enjoy the 2.5km (allow 1 hour) Shielhill Glen nature trail which includes part of the Greenock and Kelly Cuts or climb up Dunrod Hill (298m) to admire more wonderful landscapes.

    The Countryside Ranger Service run a popular activities and events programme as well as host meetings, school groups and provide information and advice on local walks and wildlife watching opportunties.  Access to the Visitor centre and exhibition is free, it is open daily in summer with a small cafe, gifts, childrens wildife activities and at weekends in winter.  Toilets are still open most days in winter.

    Other popular Visitor Sites within Clyde Muirshiel - Scotlands largest Regional Park are:

    Castle Semple Visitor Centre & Country Park, on the shores of Castle Semple Loch in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. The Centre is on sustrans cycle route 7 from Paisley/Glasgow to/from Irvine and only 1 mile form Lochwinnoch Railway Station. There is seasonal aqua trike, row boat and mountain bike hire as well as walks in Parkhill Wood, the designed landscape woodlands of the Semple Clan. Ask the Castle Semple Rangers about the Parkhill Challenge a treasure-hunt style activity suitable for all the family.

    Castle Semple is the only Outdoor Activity Centre in the area, it is recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority to deliver water sports such as RYA sailing and power boating, BCU kayaking and canoeing. Other outdoor adventure activity courses and group taster sessions include mountain biking, archery, navigation and raft building. Contact tel 01505 842 882 for details.

    Muirshiel Visitor Centre & Country Park, is only 4 miles from Lochwinnoch in the heart of the Regional Park with easy access to great walking in Hen Harrier country - the moors are home to one of Britains rarest Birds of prey.  These amazing bird nest in the heather moors of Clyde Muirshiel - they can be seen on live TV during the breeding season if there is a technically suitable nest site.  Recorded highlights and an exhibition on their special protection area can be seen at any time.

    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 woods of the Country park and follow a way marked trail, they vary in length from the 2km (1 hour) country, 1km (20 min) habitat or 500m (20 min) waterfall trail, looking out for wooden art works and the poetry trail.


    3 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    Visitor Centre
    29 Oct 2015 - 29 Mar 2016
    Day Times
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday Closed
    Thursday Closed
    Friday Closed
    Saturday 11:00 15:00
    Sunday 11:00 15:00
    Visitor Centre
    31 Mar 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 11:00 16:00
    Tuesday 11:00 16:00
    Wednesday 11:00 16:00
    Thursday 11:00 16:00
    Friday 11:00 16:00
    Saturday 11:00 16:00
    Sunday 11:00 16:00
    Walks and trails
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 09:00 20:00
    Tuesday 09:00 20:00
    Wednesday 09:00 20:00
    Thursday 09:00 20:00
    Friday 09:00 20:00
    Saturday 09:00 20:00
    Sunday 09:00 20:00



    • Snack Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque


    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Indoor Play Area


    • ASVA Member
    • Level Access
    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Groups Welcome

    Road Directions

    By car: From Glasgow, take the M8/A8 to Greenock, at the fire station turn left onto the B788 and continue onto the B7054, follow the brown signs for the old Largs road scenic route and diversion signs to the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre.
    From Ayrshire, take the A78 to Largs, from Largs follow the Brisbane Glen road after 8 miles turn left and follow signs to the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre.
    ***Please note the Shielhill Glen road from Inverkip is still closed by a landslide***

    Public Transport Directions

    By train: Glasgow Central to Inverkip or Drumfrochar (Wemyss Bay line). Inverkip is 5km from the site, uphill on a single-track road. Alternatively, from Drumfrochar station, follow the road uphill past Overton Primary School. Take the 2nd turning on your left which leads to a small carpark. From there go to the white Waterman’s Cottage, through the gate and up the Overton track for 4km which leads to the centre, car park and toilets. A more scenic route to the visitor centre is along the Greenock Cut (6.5km) turning right along the cut towpath instead of through the gate at the cottage. This gives great views of Greenock and the Clyde estuary as far down as Ailsa Craig.

    By bus: The only bus from Glasgow involves a 4.5km walk uphill on a single-track road (McGill’s 901, Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station–Largs, which passes the site on the A78) but C&M Coaches run a local bus service from the travel centre in West Stewart Street, Greenock, to Overton, and from here you can take either of the two scenic walks detailed in ‘By train’ above.

    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

    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
    • 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


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]

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

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