This is one of the nicest areas for a family to visit. It is a country park with plenty of green areas and some play equipment. The lake is quite large but it is still accessable for people to walk round. There is also a small land train that runs in the summer taking people from the watersports centre to the other side of the lake around the themepark side. The watersports centre has various activities including various boats for hire.
There is also a camping and caravan site here with the costs being reasonable.
When the weather is nice take a picnic and let the children enjoy the freedom!
This is a country park which provides enough open space for everyone to enjoy. It is somewhere to go during the day but has gained a reputation of being a no go area at night. The drive into the park has a low speed restriction with quite a few speed bumbs. There are a couple of play parks and a large lake which is home to some swans. There is a water sports centre so if your wanting a bit of time on the water then you can hire out some boats. The prices are not too expensive and there is a car park at the centre. You can walk around the lake and it can be nice during a sunny day. It is a nice family day out as you can visit the theme park or the nearby restaurants.
There is a hotel as well so you can stay in the park if you really want to.
We ( my family and I) have spent a number of years touring Scotland and always start off with at least a week staying here. There is a lot of room for tents, touring caravans and motorhomes as well as sites for more permanent 'vans.
It has a huge watersports area, catering for almost all sports - excellent to watch if you're not into participating (or too old, like me!).
For the younger ones, there are a number of activity play areas as well as a full scale funfair every evening.
We always use it as a base and travel into Motherwell, Hamilton and Glasgow is very easy and rewarding. Day visits as far as Stirling and Edinburgh are perfectly feasible.
One of the highpots for my children wgen they were younger was waking up in the morning, going out of the tent to the showers and picking mushrooms for their breakfast on the way back! You hqave to be quick though as the locals turn up with carrier bags!
Local visits always include Hamilton swimming pool and Cotebridge Museum - well worth a visit.
I think the other reviewers are talking about a different place here. Yes it is a nice, large park with a lot to see. But the local's are hellish. If you've ever wanted to be mugged or assualted by a gang of ned's I can't think of anywhere better (this side of the city of course).
I would NOT recommend taking your children here. We live just above it and when we last went down 2 years ago we had a good time down there. But it was non-stop harassment from drunk, immature ned's walking home. They were cursing at us, smoking and making stupid noises from the bushes. And clearly we are not the only people to have been harassed when they are closing the railway bridge due to the local's - in a great neighborhood - getting so fed up with the ned's.
And that's not all in it's ned filled history. A few years ago they had to put speed-bumps down due to ned's taking their cars down their and meeting up for a race or whatever...
I honestly wouldn't go down to Strathclyde park today without a gun.
good place to visit with kids and dogs ,plenty grassy areas to have a picnic if its dry,big lake with watersports centre, think they hire boats and i know they have a big gym inside centre .they hold certain event throughout the year including the walk for life (cancer charity) and they hold an annual fireworks display which is really good , but a nightmare to get parked inside the park itself,as well as having m&d;s there is also a choice of hotels within park and the toby carvery restauarant and the bizarre pub/diner.also has a bowling alley which is good to spend an hour or two in , would avoid at night though as there has been a few incidents, muggings , and assaults over last couple of years
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