Seven ways to spring off the couch in Lanarkshire

It’s time to wave goodbye to the long wintery nights, as spring has finally sprung. Just a short drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Lanarkshire is the perfect spot to get out and smell the daffodils!

Avoid the temptation to stay indoors devouring Easter Eggs, and check out the top seven ways to get out and enjoy spring.

  1. Cuningar Loop 

You’ll find Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park at Cuningar Loop. With a mixture of rock formations for you to conquer, you will be able to test your climbing skills while enjoying stunning views.

The park also has a state-of-the-art bike track, adventure play park and an outdoor woodland workout space, perfect to burn off that extra hot-cross bun.

  1. DinoM8 

Walk on the wild side at Lanarkshire’s newest soft play area, DinoM8. The dinosaur-themed play centre big enough to house a tyrannosaurus rex, has everything from bumper cars, a sports court, slides and ball pits, you’re guaranteed to have a roar-ing good time. 

Watch out for the occasional erupting volcano. 

  1. National Museum Rural Life

Nothing marks the beginning of the spring season quite like the sight of new lambs bouncing around the countryside. Spend the day with newborn baby pygmy goat, calves, chicks, rabbits and hedgehogs at the National Museum of Rural Life. 

Immerse yourself in country living at this five-star visitor attraction with tours of a 1950s-working farm and traditional rural cottage.   

  1. Have an action-packed day in Cumbernauld 

Looking to tire the kids out? We’ve created an action-packed itinerary that’s bound to get the hearts racing. Start the day with a game of paintball or laser tag at Bedlam Paintball Centre, before heading along to Broadwood BMX Track. Beginners are welcome! 

Round off the day at Tryst Sport Centre for a splash around in the 25-metre pool or a kick-about with the kids. 

  1. Tinto Hill 

Be inspired by spring’s blooming landscape and check out the countryside by taking on Tinto Hill, one of Lanarkshire’s most popular walking routes. It take two to three hours to reach the top, but once you’re there, the scenes offers selfie-worthy views to share your achievement. 

  1. Strathclyde Country Park 

With everything from water skiing to windsurfing, pedalos and bumper boats, find your sea legs at Strathclyde Country Park. If you’re more of a landlubber, there are bike hire stations, scenic picnic areas, and bridle paths where you can saddle up for a day of horse riding.

  1. Treat and pamper day 

After a week of entertaining the kids, you deserve a day that’s all about you. Achieve a sense of relaxation with the special pamper day itinerary and escape the chaos of the school holidays.

Start your day with a walk around the beautiful Strathaven Park before taking a short drive to Macdonald Crutherland House Hotel, to use the luxury spa facilities or enjoy a quintessential afternoon tea. 

For information on specific events happening over the course of the Easter break, check out our dedicated what’s on page.