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Otter Carving on the Lochside

The Regional Park has lots of facilities (buggy friendly paths, baby change tables, high chairs), events (wildlife wonders, pond dipping, stargazing) and activities (volunteering, multi activity weeks for children aged 8+, kayaking and sailing courses, suitable for families of all ages.  Many are free and can be done at anytime, it all makes for a memorable day out in the countryside.

 

Here are some family friendly suggestions:

Canoe rafting at Castle Semple

 

 

At Castle Semple:

  • Do the Semple Trail ‘Kids Passport’
  • Look for the otter sculpture on the Lochshore Path
  • Feed the ducks
  • Explore the rhododendron maze in Parkhill Wood.
  • Hire a bike (charges apply and suitable weather conditions).
  • Learn how to canoe, kayak, sail or navigate – courses start from £15 per person Cycling in Parkhilland last from 2 hours to 2 days.

 

 

At Muirshiel:

·    Climb a volcano – Windy Hill is a family friendly 316m high, the walk starts at 235m, so it’s not too big a climb for views of Glasgow and Loch Lomond on a clear day.

·   Follow the woodland trails to find carvings – giant mushrooms and owls.

·    Listen for cuckoos in April and May, or collect conkers in the autumn.

·    Pack a picnic or book a BBQ site, it’s only £5 for a 3 hour hire.

At Greenock Cut:

·    Come into the centre before your walk or cycle to see the exhibition and learn how and why the Cut was constructed.
·    Watch ‘Swallowcam’ LIVE in the Visitor Centre during the nesting seasons.
·    Explore the children’s touch tables
·    Look for minibeasts at the pond or hunt for dragonflies along the Cut on sunny days.
·    Pack a picnic or book a BBQ site, it’s only £5 for a 3 hour hire.

Pond Dipping Fun

At Lunderston Bay:

·    Build a sandcastle on the beach or fly a kite on the grass
·    A good bird watching venue – look for gannets diving off shore in summer and large flocks of ducks in the winter
·    Volunteer to help the Rangers with the quarterly clean up of the beach

Bring a bike and cycle off road along the coastal cycle track towards Inverkip or Gourock

 

Rockpooling at Lunderston Bay

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