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Enjoy the views and a day out in the countryside without any of the effort!

If activities aren’t your thing why not relax at one of our cafes, BBQ or picnic sites and enjoy the wonderful views in an ever changing landscape. Some Visitor Centres have exhibitions and easy wildlife watching opportunities on TV screens during the breeding seasons.


BBQ sites

Our BBQ facilities can be hired at Muirshiel and Greenock Cut.  Contact the Rangers to organise. If you bring your own portable BBQ remember not to place it directly onto the grass or on a picnic table, use stones or bricks to raise it and not damage the landscape.



Castle Semple Café

The lochside café (and gift shop) with comfortable seats and great views, sells hot and cold drinks, pre-packed sandwiches, frappes/smoothies, pot noodles, cup-a-soups, crisps, chocolate, cakes, health bars and ice cream.
The café and gift shop is open daily throughout the year and often accommodates birthday celebrations and outdoor activity groups.
Option to watch wildlife or local history on TV, contact the staff to organise.

Castle Semple Estate Exhibition provides an insight on the making of, and past owners of the Estate, generally open daily with free access.


Greenock Cut Refreshments

Great coffee, teas, hot chocolate as well as a range of cold drinks plus pot noodles, crisps, chocolate, cakes, health bars and ice cream are all available at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, come in for a comfortable seat or sit outside.
The café with its accompanying gift shop is open at weekends in summer and by prior arrangement.
Option to watch swallows on live TV during the breeding season.
Discover Greenock’s Cut Above Exhibition it is interactive and free to wander around.



Muirshiel Refreshments

Enjoy a scenic journey up the single track road of the Calder Glen and stop for a coffee and light refreshments in the Visitor Centre. There are comfortable seats inside and picnic benches outside both have great views through the trees to the heather moors. Look out for birds and other wildlife on the feeders.
The café with its accompanying gift shop is open weekends in summer and by prior arrangement.


Picnic Sites

There are lots of lovely places to have a leisurely picnic. We provide lots of benches and picnic tables around the Regional Park for you to enjoy or if you have a suggestion for a new picnic site Contact Us.

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