Spring has sprung, Lanarkshire is blooming brilliant
The frost is thawing, flowers are blooming and the days stretch out in to evenings - spring is officially on its way.
From leisurely country walks to water sports, make the most of the changing season with our guide to enjoying spring in Lanarkshire.
With panoramic views over central Scotland, this rugged forest offers solace from everyday life stresses.
Famous for its mountain bike trails, Carron Valley is dominated by the distinctive peaks which are suitable for both intermediate and experienced riders. For a more relaxing trip take a stroll along the Reservoir, or settle down for a picnic amongst the trees.
Get out on the open water and feel the wind in your hair as you speed down the 200-acre loch on a powerboat. If you’re looking for something more subdued try your hand at wind-surfing or enjoy a leisurely afternoon paddling in a Canadian canoe.
There are even activities for the little ones with pedalo and waterwalkerz also available for hire.
Strathclyde Water Sports Centre opens from April to September.
Breathe in the fresh spring air as you walk along the Monkland Canal. Stretching more than 12 miles, you will definitely work off those Easter eggs and will find plenty of interesting points along the way.
Take the trail towards Summerlee Museum, where you can check out a replica of the ‘Vulcan’ - an iron-hulled passenger ship used to carry people from Glasgow to Edinburgh during the industrial age.
Home to an adventure play park, picnic area, open-air art installation and Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park, Cunnigar Loop should climb to the top of everyone’s list this spring.
Created as a legacy from the Commonwealth, the park has more than 15,000 newly planted trees set to flourish in the warmer weather, as well as an abundance of wildlife.
Based at Auchinstarry Marina, Kilsyth, Outdoor Trax has something for everyone, from bike hire, to water zorbing and archery. After a busy day of exploration and adventure, you can enjoy a spot of lunch at the nearby Boathouse Restaurant.
For more inspiration on ways to enjoy spring check out our dedicated things to do in Lanarkshire page