STRATHCLYDE COUNTRY PARK

Alexandra Park Scotland
Situated between Hamilton and Motherwell, Strathclyde Country Park host to the Triathlon during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games is one of Scotland’s top recreational areas. Centred around Strathclyde Loch, it offers a variety of land- and water-based activities for the enthusiast and casual visitor alike. Its Watersports Centre is one of the top rowing centres in Britain but also offers activities such as dingy sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and boat trips. Equipment is available for hire and rescue boats are always on hand in case of emergencies. Fishing permits are available for course anglers who wish to fish the loch and its surrounding rivers and ponds.

The countryside around the loch is a walker’s and nature lover’s paradise as there are miles of woodland and parkland paths and tracks to explore. The area is a wildlife sanctuary and as such is home to a rich variety of animals, birds, flora and fauna. For those wishing guided tours, the Ranger Service provides periodical nature trails where enthusiasts can learn more detailed information on the Park’s thriving wildlife. They can be contacted on 01698 402090.

In contrast to a leisurely parkland walk is a visit to family theme park M&Ds where a full day is needed to take advantage of what it has to offer. Among its 40+ rides and attractions are rollercoasters, water rides, thrill rides and kiddies rides. Or take a break from the excitement and see parrots, toucans, monkeys, pythons and tarantulas at Amazonia, a fabulous indoor tropical rainforest which is the largest of its kind in Scotland.

For further information on what Strathclyde Country Park has to offer please contact the hotel on 01698 258 131.
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