Catch nature when it’s full bloom and explore the great Scottish countryside, all just a stone’s throw away from the daily grind of life in the city with these eight great outdoor adventures near Glasgow…

 

The National Museum of Rural Life

Situated just in the surrounding fields of East Kilbride, the national museum of rural life is bursting with a great spring energy. The fully functional retro farm shows visitors a glimpse of the tools and methods farmers would have used as well as plenty of friendly farm animals to meet. This spring the award winning site is also encouraging kids to learn more about bumble bees through an event that’s sure to get everyone buzzing. Kids will get the chance to meet on site beekeepers, learn how the honey is made and even get a chance to try it. There will also be workshops run daily with kids getting the opportunity to make their own honeycomb windows and learn how to waggle dance like a bee. This huge countryside attraction is just a 20-minute drive from the city and is the perfect outdoor escape for all the family!

“Spring Into Easter” – Full event details: HERE.

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Palacerigg Farm

Katie Bairdie’s farm in Palacerigg Country Park near Cumbernauld will be hosting a special celebration this spring. The farm will be allowing visitors to see the new born baby animals on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. It is expected that everyone will get to see the adorable new arrivals such as baby lambs, baby cows and chicks. There will also be tours of the farm, treasure hunts and pony rides as well a shuttle bus in operation from Cumbernauld town centre.  Easter Event Sunday 16th April & Monday 17th April


The Kelpies/ Helix Park

The two strikingly steel huge horse head structures that are visible from the M9 motorway are more than just a stunning example of architecture. The Kelpies are just part of a wide range of activities and canal walkways that form the Helix Park and are an ideal escape from the city this spring. The canal walkways that stem from the Kelpies epicentre of the park span to 16 different communities across 21 kilometres offer a chance to escape the city and enjoy some fresh country air. There’s also a brand new visitor centre where you can get a bite to eat as well as a souvenir shop. And for kids, well there is an impressive adventure play park where a host of activities take place on a weekly basis.

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

With endless amounts of green open space, forestry and sublime views just a short drive or train commute from Glasgow. For keen walkers, walk in the park offers the chance to explore the surrounding areas of Loch Lomond. Operating once a week from separate locations around the loch such as Balloch, Callander and Aberfoyle, they encourage walkers of all ages to go along and reap the health awards of exploring the great Scottish outdoors. This Easter, there is also a huge family Easter egg hunt taking place at the foot of Ben Lomond as well what is set to be special spring farmers market which takes place on the first and third Sunday of every month. The locals are hosting an Easter Ben Lomond Event from Easter Saturday – Monday.

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Stirling

Stirling is a place steeped in history, from huge ancient castles to the tales of national heroes, this small but significant place is well worth a visit. In terms of historic adventures, a walk round the old town is well worth a visit. From there you can cross the famous Old Stirling Bridge once the location of a historic victory from William Wallace when he defeated the English as they attempted to cross. There’s also the Kings Park, which was once the site of a royal forest before later being adapted as a royal garden. It’s there you’ll find the King’s Knot a compelling structure of mounds that is thought to be the original location of King Arthur’s round table.

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Rouken Glen Country Park

This beautiful picturesque country park is situated next to Giffnock and Thornliebank and offers endless amounts of walkways that surround acres taking in waterfalls and duck ponds. This vast park also has a great gift shop that contains seasonal products that suit garden enthusiasts to pet owners. In 1906 the park was given to the people of Glasgow to for a place of leisure and enjoyment which is exactly what you’ll find at Rouken Glen!

Clyde Muirsheil Parks

Scotland’s largest regional park is found across eight locations west of Glasgow.

With a varied amount of different and unique sites that cover vast amounts of countryside and hill tops on the banks of the Clyde.One of the highlights is the Windy Hill once climbed can offer stunning views of Glasgow and Inverclyde. The Hill itself was once a volcano and is a simple walk for families with kids to enjoy. There is also a chance to enjoy the waters of Lochwinnoch, with canoeing and kayaking lessons available. This vast range of sites spread from Dalry in Ayrshire to Greenock in Inverclyde are bursting with wildlife and outdoor adventures for everyone.

Calderglen Country Park

This picturesque park runs alongside a scenic wooded glen next to the Rotten Calder river (don’t let the name put you off). Not only does it boast acres of stunning parklands featuring gardens bursting with spring wildlife and flowers it also has a zoo and tropical observatory. This spring the park as hosting a special Easter Pokémon event for kids, where they will get a chance to feed and train the Pokémon animals as well as make their own Pokémon.

Pokemon Animals Full event info. Monday 10th – Thursday 13th April 2017. 11.30am – 4.30pm

***Words by Ryan Thom***