Strathclyde Country Park
Once of Scotland's best locations for outdoor recreation, there is something for everyone at Strathclyde Country Park!
Strathclyde Country Park is a 4 star visitor attraction with a selection of activities on offer. Sports pitches, Coarse Angling permits are available for the Loch, rivers and ponds, bridle paths for horseriding and mountain bikes for hire from the Watersports Centre. The park also has various hotels, restaurants and attractions: M&D's Scotland's Theme Park, The Alona Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Toby Carvery and The Caravan Club Camping and Caravan Site.
Watersports in Strathclyde Loch
Strathclyde Country Park is now firmly established as one of Scotland's leading centres for outdoor recreation. The watersports centre, the focal point for many of the park activities, plays host to a series of major events, 2005 Glasgow Special Olympics, 2006 Scottish Triathlon Championships, an official venue for the 2011 International Children's Games and the first ever Great Scottish Swim in 2009. Most recently Strathclyde Country Park was the official venue for the triathlon event of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Thousands of visitors every year come to indulge in the huge range of activities available from rowing to sunbathing, birdwatching, water ski-ing and cycling. The Greenlink Cycle Path start-off point is located in the park and travels to Motherwell Town Centre. Also, a section of the Clyde walkway, from Glasgow to New Lanark, runs through the park.
Brief History of Strathclyde Country Park
Mature woodlands, rough wetlands, wildlife refuges and neat open parkland all surround Strathclyde Loch, a man made loch created in the early 1970s by flooding the old mining village of Bothwellhaugh. However the history of the park can be traced as far back as the Romans with remains of Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort and a Roman bath house and arched Roman bridge within the park. Additionally the site of the Battle of Bothwell Bridge (1679) is located to the north west of the park.