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Strathclyde Country Park

There is something for everyone at this Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games proud host venue

Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre

Strathclyde Country Park lies in 400 hectares of countryside in the valley of the River Clyde. Set within beautiful surroundings, the park is one of the most popular family attractions in the central belt of Scotland, with thousands of visitors each year enjoying the vast range of activities and events on offer.

Ideally situated, with excellent road and public transport links, the park offers outdoor adventure playgrounds, bicycle hire, fitness gym, watersports centre with cafe, conference facilities and watersports activities, including our popular family funboats. 

Opening times:

Watersports Centre (including toilets in the centre)

April - September: 9am - 7.45pm

October - March: 9am - 5pm

Plantation car park toilets and Beach car park toilets

June - September: Monday - Friday 11am - 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am -7pm

October - May: Closed

Waterfront Cafe

10am - 4pm


On the water

Strathclyde Country Park is an internationally renowned watersports area based on the excellent facilities of the Watersports Centre and Strathclyde Loch. We are proud to be a licensed outdoor activity centre and cater for water activities for both family fun and for the enthusiast.

Family fun

Children can enjoy our popular funboats on the loch, including bumper boats, pedalos, Canadian canoes, ocean kayaks, speedboat trips, waterwalkerz and paddleboards. Special offer activity wristbands are available allowing visitors to try three or five of the funboat activities for a discounted price. View our pdf icon current price list [286kb].

For the enthusiast

We cater for a range of watersport activities at the park including rowing, sailing, kayaking, powerboat handling and windsurfing. Craft are available to hire, or you may bring your own if you prefer. 


Throughout the year the park is host to various major events including world class international rowing regattas, music events, triathlons, 5k and 10k races, fireworks events, Countryside Ranger Service activities and various club activities; some of our events attract upwards of 100,000 visitors.

Our 'What's On' guide provides details of planned activities and events are at the park. Enquiries from anyone wishing to organise an event (charitable, commercial or private), will be met with helpful advice and co-operation from the park's knowledgeable and experienced staff or leisure professionals.

Catering facilities

The Waterfront Cafe at the park is situated on the first floor of our Watersports Centre overlooking Strathclyde Loch.

Conference facilities

At Strathclyde Country Park we have well appointed training conference and business meeting facilities situated in our Watersports Centre, comfortably accommodating up to 50 participants in a stimulating learning environment with stunning views over Strathclyde Loch.

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.


We endeavour to ensure that Strathclyde Country Park is accessible to all of our visitors and have developed an access statement for both our park and Watersports Centre for those who may have accessibility issues to assist when planning your visit. Strathclyde Country Park offers accessible toilets, changing place facilities, accessible bike hire, accessible boat rides, step free walking routes and ample seating throughout the park. For further details on the accessibility of our park please read our pdf icon Access Statement [3Mb] or contact our reception where our team will be happy to help with your enquiry.

Please use the 'contact us' box is you have any questions. For more information, see 'related pages', 'downloads' and 'other useful websites'.

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