Family day out at Strathclyde Park

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Start: Strathclyde Country Park at 10:00am
Finish: Barons Haugh RSPB Nature Reserve at 4:30pm
Method of transport: Car
Estimated duration of trip: 24 minutes
Travel distance 7 miles:
Alona Hotel to Barons Haugh RSPB Nature Reserve - 24 mins (7 miles)
Please note that there is a charge for hiring boats and bikes in Strathclyde Country Park. Further information on all the facilities named in this itinerary – opening days, times and prices; can be found at
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  • Get the family out on the water on the beautiful 200 acre Strathclyde Loch, the triathlon venue for the 2013 Commonwealth games. You can hire fun boats, canoes, kayaks and pedalos and a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is only £10. After travelling under your own steam, you could even try a speedboat ride around the loch to get your pulse racing! For those who like to keep their feet on solid ground, you can hire mountain bikes and explore the 400 hectares of countryside. There are a number of children’s play parks and even a beach, so plenty of places to stop for a rest.
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  • After a strenuous morning, why not treat yourself to Lunch at the luxury four star Alona Hotel’s Glasshouse restaurant. With locally sourced vegetables and modern Scottish seasonal dishes cooked on the premises. While you dine, look out over the loch from the glass atrium dining area. Leave the park and travel the short distance to the historic Dalzell Park estate (around 10 minutes) along Airbles road to Leven Street, North Lodge Avenue then Manse Road.
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  • The park surrounding the historic building includes many beautiful planted gardens and ancient oak trees. The estate was a Royal hunting forest in 843 and remained with the Dalzell family until 1647 when it passed to the Hamilton family. Later the building was a boys school then was bought by the Local Authority and converted to private housing. Many historic buildings can still be seen within the grounds, including the mausoleum, Lord Gavin's Temple, and St Patrick's Chapel. The Arboretum has many different types of exotic tropical trees, collected by well travelled botanists and explorers throughout the ages.
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  • Hidden away from the surrounding town and adjoining the estate is the RSPB Barons Haugh Nature Reserve. The haugh is the marsh which is home to the ducks and swans and other residents of the nature reserve. Follow the trail and keep a look out for deer and Whooper swans which can be found around the loch and if you are lucky you might catch sight of (or hear the sound of) a woodpecker. A great time to visit is springtime when the area bursts into bloom with bluebells. The RSPB organises kids activities such as pond dipping and guided walks. See their website for more details.
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Very little travel is involved in this great day out
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Our family always love a trip to Strathy Park! Joan, Biggar
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