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Juniper Scene.

Going Green at the Cample Burn

Juniper Scene

During May this year the Thursday volunteer group weeded juniper at the Cample Burn and, where juniper growth was good,

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Lambing and bird nesting seasons in the Regional Park

As spring advances the lambing season will be getting underway in the Regional Park. Farmers will be busy making sure

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Opening Hours

Car park and trails are open. The Visitor Centre is closed but toilets are open daily 9.15am – 4pm.

Find Us

Address:
Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Loch Thom,
Near Greenock, Inverclyde  PA16 9LX. Telephone: 01475 521 458/ 01475 529 543.
For how to find us see Directions to Greenock Cut

Outdoor Learning

Greenock Cut has an indoor and outdoor classroom facilities and a mixed range of habitats for younger and older children to investigate.

Outdoor Activities

Great walking, cycling and wildlife opportunities surround the Centre, plus the wild land around the Centre makes it perfect for adventures by Duke of Edinburgh or our land navigation courses.

On Site

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Tracks, trails and car parks are open all day, every day.

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Do the Greenock Cut, the 12km circular sign posted route is rated as one of the top 50 walks in Scotland.
  2. Take the children Wood Spirit Hunting round the 3km Nature Trail in Shielhill Glen
  3. View the interactive Greenock Cut exhibition that explains Robert Thom’s 1820’s engineering.
  4. Climb Dunrod Hill for panoramic views of the Clyde and the Isles
  5. Join the Rangers on an event or talk to them about organising your own event on site.

Also onsite:

  • Countryside Ranger Service provide an environmental education programme and offer advice about local walking and cycling routes and wildlife.
  • History and Heritage: Aircraft Crashes – see an old engine onsite and download the fact sheet in the History section.
  • Events and outdoor activities – look on the events/courses pages for details
  • The Visitor Centre with refreshments and small gift shop is open at weekends in summer and by arrangement year round providing information on what to do and see.
  • The Special Protection Area runs south of the site because there has been an international important breeding population of hen harriers.

Opening Hours

Muirshiel’s tracks, trails and car park are open daily. Toilets are open daily. The Visitor Centre is currently open for summer at weekends only, 11am – 4:30pm with new coffee machine, snacks and gift selection, please note it is a CASH ONLY site.

Find Us

Address:
Muirshiel Visitor Centre & Country Park, Calder Glen Road
Near Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, PA12 4LB Tel: 0300 300 0200 Opt 2
For how to find us see Directions to Muirshiel

 

 

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Climb a volcano – a family friendly 1km walk up Windy Hill going up through mixed woodland before heading over the moor.
  2. Have a picnic, there are beautiful spots on site by the river and under the trees.
  3. Spot the owl carving near Orblis hill or run through the willow tunnels on one of the woodland trails.
  4. Watch for birds on the Visitor Centre feeders or enjoy a family friendly event with the Countryside Rangers – advanced booking on event days essential.
  5. Hunt for the Muirshiel Forest Folk or do the Insect Hunt and improve you ID skills.

Also onsite:

  • History and Heritage: The Shooting Estate – download the factsheet and or look for the remains of the 1920’s grouse railway (NS 303 674), built to transport shooting parties on to the moor
  • History and Heritage: Barytes Mine – download the factsheet for walk out over the moor along the Mine Track to the remains of the barytes mine (NS 292 648).
  • Events and outdoor activities – look on the events/courses pages for details
  • Special Protection Area surrounds the Country Park because there has been an international important breeding population of hen harriers.

 

Outdoor Learning

The woodland and heather moorland of Muirshiel provide great access for school trips and families to find out more about local wildlife and their habitats.

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Opening Hours

Car park and trails are open daily. Toilets open Thurs – Mon 9am-4.30pm, Tues & Wed 10am-3pm.

Find Us

Address:
Cloch Road, near Gourock,
Inverclyde PA19 1BB.
For how to find us see Directions to Lunderston Bay

Outdoor Learning

Lunderston’s rockpools are home to an array of creatures! The Greenock Cut Ranger Service lead school and other educational groups here plus fun summer events for all the family.

Outdoor Activities

Clyde Muirshiel’s instructors can meet your group and launch from Lunderston, or simply relax by the seaside at Glasgow’s nearest sandy beach.

On Site

Check out the new Lunderston Bay play area. Added in 2022, this brand new play area gives children the ability to captain their own ship with views along the Clyde.

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Build a sandcastle on the beach and take a picture, share online using #clydemuirshiel
  2. Enjoy a coastal walk watching out for the wildlife and the boats as you go along.
  3. Come by bike -Sustrans cycle route 75 Gourock to Inverkip passes through the site.
  4. Join the Rangers to go rockpool dipping or help them with a Beach Clean
  5. Keep your dog away from the ‘Dog Free Zone’ – see the map

Also onsite:

  • Toilets – open daily
  • Amazing new adventure play area – see video below
  • Marine Conservation Society Good Beach guide information
  • Bathing water quality is monitored by SEPA, last year the water quality was ‘excellent’, click here for latest information.
  • Regular patrols by Regional Park staff and Countryside Rangers.
  • Events and outdoor activities – look on the events/courses pages for details
  • History and Heritage
  • Great wildlife watching especially of seabirds

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Opening Hours

Car park, walks and trails open all day every day.
Castle Semple Cafe is open daily 10am-4pm with coffee, light refreshments, ice cream and snacks. Outdoor Toilets open 9am-4pm daily.

Find Us

Address:
Castle Semple Visitor Centre and Country Park, Lochlip Road.
Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, PA12 4EA. Telephone: 0300 300 0200 Option 1.
For how to find us see Directions to Castle Semple

Outdoor Activities

From high heather moor, woodland glen and rocky shoreline or freshwater loch there are many formal and informal outdoor learning opportunities.

For more information, visit our “Outdoor Activities” section.

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Find a lookooterie or two on the Semple Trail
  2. Walk (or cycle) the 4km Johnshill Loop taking in Parkhill Wood and the lochside.
  3. Visit by bicycle! The Centre is on Sustrans off road cycle route 7 Glasgow – Irvine. Seasonal Bike Hire also available on site
  4. Feed the ducks or enjoy a family friendly Event with the Countryside Rangers – advanced booking on event days essential.
  5. Enjoy a coffee or an ice-cream and the lovely view from the Visitor Centre Café.

Also onsite

  • Outdoor Activity Group Taster Sessions and Courses – advanced booking essential
  • Semple Estate Historic Map & Exhibition – please phone in advance to check access if coming specifically for this.
    Local Clubs such as Rowing, Sailing, Kayaking, Windsurfing and Fishing
  • Fishing Permits – Permits for coarse (non-migratory) fishing on Castle Semple Loch are available from the Visitor Centre. The loch has perch, pike and roach. Eels can also be caught. Local clubs St Winnoch Angling Club or Castle Angling Club can give you more information on boats and have the rights for migratory species such as salmon and trout. Local fisheries include Howwood. See the club Fishing FAQ.

 

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