Our top recommended things to do in Clyde Valley, Lanarkshire and further afield
Spoilt for choice, her are our 12 tops -
1 Golf - we are surrounded by 34 contrasting golf courses, with something for everyone – lady/gentleman/senior/junior/high or low handicapper. Highlights include Bothwell Castle, Cathkin Braes, Strathaven, Crowwood, Drunpellier East Kilbride and Westerwood
2 Cycling - there is an amazing selection of cycle routes, from easy to challenging. Lanarkshire and Clyde Valley are also sensation big touring country, superb for motor cycle and biking groups visitingScotland. Find out more at http://www.visitlanarkshire.com/things-to-see-do/?filterCat=1861;#viewListings
3 Walking – fantastic opportunities to walk here, whether in the numerous country parks on the fringes of the urban - such as Chatelherault, Strathclyde Loch or Calderglen, or up the upper valley of the Clyde. The river itself can be traced upstream on the Clyde Walkway which leads through nature reserves and past waterfalls up to the old county town of Lanark.
4 Fishing – locally, Quarter Fishery is conveniently located only half an hour's drive from Glasgow and 10 minutes drive from Hamilton and East Kilbride. and provides anglers with an idyllic, friendly and relaxing environment for an enjoyable days bait and fly fishing. The Fishery is stocked daily with both Rainbow and Blue Tagged Trout, weighing between 2 and 6lbs. For other places to fish, visit http://www.wheretofish.co.uk/location/scotland/south-lanarkshire/
5 Wildlife watching – top amongst many wildlife watching opportunities, Falls of Clyde is located within the World Heritage Site of New Lanark and part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, our fun four-star Visitor Centre allows people of all ages to learn more about the Falls of Clyde waterfalls, woodlands and the animals that live there. Highlights include:
- The Peregrine Experience - watch live footage of nesting peregrines
- Interactive toys and games - including badger facts and wildlife crafts
- Beautiful riverside walks straight from the Centre to the reserve
- Regular badger and bat walks throughout the year
- Learn all about the history of Falls of Clyde on the Victorian Grand Tour
6 Hamilton Races - one of the UK’s most pioneering entertainment venues where fantastic horse racing action is combined with high level entertainment and first class facilities including luxurious dining facilities and great service. Get the up to date fixtures list - http://hamilton-park.co.uk/horse-racing/racedays-tickets/
7 Other equestrian - Greenfields of Avondale, Strathaven is an equestrian training and competition facility located near the historic town of Strathaven. The Scottish Equestrian Centre Lanark is the UK’s largest horse Riding Holiday Centre. And Weston Farm, Lanark offers horse accommodation and many exciting riding opportunities in 900 acres of rural farmland
8 M&D's Theme Park at Strathclyde Country Park - . Are you a thrill seeker or looking for the perfect family day out? Look no further thanM&D's Theme Park and indoor complex. With 5 terrifying White Knuckle rides, over 20 kids' rides, 18 hole Miniature Golf, Glow in the Dark indoor bowling, a massive indoor complex including a gigantic Soft Play Area, bars and restaurants and My Pawfect Bear factory. You can also discover AMAZONIA, Scotland's only indoor Tropical Rainforest packed with exotic animals, birds and creepy crawlies!
9 Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre - Host venue for rowing events and for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Triathlon event. The Centre is also the hub of all the land and water based activities within the Park, from watersports such as: windsurfing, water ski-ing, rowing, pedalos and bumper boats to land based activities including cycling and jogging.
10 Strathaven Leisure Centre - A multi-purpose sports and leisure facility. The Leisure Centre comprises of a 20 metre swimming pool, health suite containing a sauna, steam room and spa, the club fitness suite, multi purpose room and pool viewing area.
11 Hamilton Water Palace - Hamilton Water Palace offers a great day out for families and children. Swimming facilities range from a 25m competition pool through to a flume, lazy river, tyre slide and uniquely a shallow under 8's pool boasting an impressive pirate ship with interactive water features. A Club gym, fitness studio, beauty salon and health suite complete the facilities on offer in this VisitScotland four star facility.
12 Go to the Cinema and theatre. Three great local cinemas are at Odeon East Kilbride (Finish off a great days out shopping at one Scotland’s largest indoor shopping centres with a trip to the cinema.), Showcase Cinema Complex Coatbridge Enjoy a great night out at this 18 screen cinema complex in Lanarkshire. And VUE Cinema, Hamilton with one of the largest cinema screens in Scotland. And great local theatres include the Biggar Puppet Theatre, and East Kilbride Village Theatre.