Strathclyde Country Park

What to expect from one of Scotland's leading centres for outdoor recreation


Close to the industrial centres of Scotland, the park lies in 400 hectares of countryside in the valley of the River Clyde, between Junctions five and six of the M74 motorway.

Mature woodlands, rough wetlands, wildlife refuges and neat open parkland all surround Strathclyde Loch, the focal point for many of the park activities.

Strathclyde Country Park is firmly established as one of Scotland's leading centres for outdoor recreation.

Thousands of visitors every year come to enjoy the huge range of activities available from sailing to sunbathing, birdwatching to bicycling, water ski-ing to watching the world go by. Ideally situated, with excellent road and public transport links, the park plays host to a series of major events throughout the year, all with their own special excitement and attractions to offer the visitor.


On the water

Based on the excellent facilities of the Watersports Centre and Strathclyde Loch, the park is a licensed outdoor activity centre and caters for the following water activities:

  • For the enthusiast - Rowing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, canoeing and water ski-ing. Craft are available for hire, or you may bring your own if you prefer. Expert instruction in the necessary skills, all in accordance with the standards laid down by the sports' national governing bodies, is available from the instructors at the park.

  • For fun - Pedalos, bumper boats, boat trips, wavebobs and canadian canoes. There are rescue boats on the water and modern equipment is provided to ensure the exciting but safe enjoyment of all loch users. All fresh water lochs are dangerous, particularly those like Strathclyde Loch with its shoreline shelving down to a lower layer of cold water. So swimming is not allowed and you should make sure that you and your companions always wear lifejackets or buoyancy aids when you are on the water.

On land

Served by well-equipped and meticulously maintained sports pavilions, Strathclyde Country Park caters for the following variety of sports on dry land. Football (3 hard porous pitches, 2 floodlit, 2 grass pitches and Lanarkshire's 7-a-side football centre), jogging tracks, coarse angling permits available for the loch, rivers and ponds, horse riding permits available for 7 miles of bridle paths, wayfaring and competitive orienteering - 3 different courses, cross country running, mountain bikes for hire, and to get in shape for all the above.

The countryside in the country park

Footpaths and nature trails with miles of surfaced footpaths connect through dense woodlands, wetlands and open parkland and to the long distance Clyde Walkway system. Historical features include Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort and Bathhouse and Orbiston Tower House. Wildlife refuges provide breeding sites and refuge for more than 150 different species of wild animals and birds. An all year round series of nature walks led by members of the North Lanarkshire Countryside Ranger Service is programmed.

Major events

Throughout the year the park hosts various major events which are well worth seeing, including this year's Commonwealth Games Triathlon. Cycling and 10k/5k races, world class international rowing, canoeing and sailing regattas on the loch, leisure exhibitions, country fairs on the showgrounds, some events attract upwards of 100,000 visitors, truly providing "something for everyone".

Enquiries from anyone wishing to organisers an event, (charitable, commercial or private), will be met with helpful advice and co-operation from the park's knowledgeable and experienced staff of leisure professionals, with the full back-up of the resources of North Lanarkshire Council's Environmental Services.

Conference facilities

Well appointed, training, conference and business meeting facilities at the Watersports Centre, comfortably accommodating up to 100 participants in a relaxed and stimulating environment.

The park is open 24/7 and the opening hours of the various facilities vary with the seasons.

Conditions of use

General conditions of use rules and regulations of the park must be adhered to.


Strathclyde Country Park is accessible by public transport and a bus stop is situated at the Motherwell entrance to the park. If making your way by train please alight at either Motherwell or Airbles Road stations from where you can either walk, take a bus or taxi to the park. It is advised that timetable directions be sought before travelling. For patrons who are travelling to the park by car there are numerous car parks within the park with in excess of 3,000 spaces available.

Disabled access

There are disabled access points available to the Watersports Centre within Strathclyde Country Park. The disabled toilets are situated on the first floor within the Watersports Centre and a lift is available.

We can cater for children's parties; provide tea, coffee, scones, buffets and sit down meals at events - all at very competitive prices. Find out more about the catering services on offer including costs and booking information.

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