Start: Bothwell Castle at 10:00 AM
Finish: Chatelherault Country Park at 5:00PM
Method of transport: Car
Estimated duration of trip: 7 hours
Travel distance 7 miles:
Bothwell Castle to Low Parks Museum - 12 mins (4 miles) Low Parks Museum to Chatelherault Country Park - 14 mins (7 miles)
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  • 10:00 AM
    Bothwell Castle
    Start your day exploring a castle hotly fought over during the Wars of Independence with England. Bothwell Castle, built on a grand scale in the late 1200s, frequently passed back and forth between English and Scottish hands. Adults will love its imposing donjon; it’s one of Scotland’s most impressive medieval strongholds standing today. There is plenty to fire up the imagination of younger ones also from past battles and imagining being kept under lock and key in the prison tower (only if really naughty!) An onsite shop and the nearby Clyde Walkway offer added interest.
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  • Leaving Bothwell Castle head for Low Parks Museum in Hamilton. With plenty of hands on interactive activities for children to tackle through the galleries, children will enjoy a trip to this fascinating museum with displays relating to weaving, coalmining and the history of the local regiment, the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) plus many others. Needing a cuppa? The Mausoleum has an attractive mezzanine cafe where you can re-fuel with a refreshing coffee. Be sure to take the short walk to Hamilton Mausoleum when leaving the museum. Standing to an overall height of 123 feet (37m), the mausoleum is One of Lanarkshire’s most iconic buildings. Children will love the two huge sandstone lions that lie above the entrance to the crypt. *If visiting on a Sunday visitors can join a tour of the mausoleum (2-3pm, £3.50/£2.50). Boasting one of the longest echoes of any building in the world, the tour guide may ask you to test this out yourself! Jumping in the car on route to your final destination of the day you will pass by Hamilton Town Centre. Offering shops, cafes, restaurants and a cinema the town offers a good opportunity for visitors to stop before or after the trip to Chatelherault Country Park.
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  • Often referred to as a ‘Jewel in the Landscape’ Chatelherault offers a visitor centre, cafe and gift shop within the beautifully restored former hunting lodge building. The Park also has 500 acres of countryside and woodland with over ten miles of marked pathways. Younger children will particularly like the large modern adventure play ground. Your only problem will be trying to convince your children that it’s time to leave! Or is it? Don’t forget we did mention Hamilton offers a cinema and plenty of restaurants so why end your day trip then? With less travel time to Lanarkshire you can afford to stay a bit longer.
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This day out features the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor elements and plenty of opportunities to grab some well deserved rest and refreshment.
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"My family loves a trip to Bothwell castle. On nice days we go down to the river and do a little bit of the Clyde Walkway." Caroline, Glasgow "My kids love the huge play park at Chatelherault Country Park." Jennifer, Paisley.
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  • "I went on this trip it was great!" - Bob

This day out features the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor elements and plenty of opportunities to grab some well deserved rest and refreshment.
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