Get set for the hol­i­day break

Rutherglen Reformer - - School's out -

There is no need for any­one to get bored dur­ing the up­com­ing school hol­i­days.

The area has many at­trac­tions so get out and ex­pe­ri­ence beau­ti­ful parks and ex­cit­ing at­trac­tions, get ac­tive with sports, walk­ing and cy­cling or en­joy a va­ri­ety of cul­ture and en­ter­tain­ment.

There are many beau­ti­ful coun­try parks of­fer­ing amaz­ing scenery, a wide range of mu­se­ums un­cov­er­ing lo­cal his­tory, vis­i­tor cen­tres and at­trac­tions that al­low you to get up close and per­sonal with some lo­cal and ex­otic an­i­mals and a huge range of in­door and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

La­nark­shire is home to two world her­itage sites, New La­nark and the An­to­nine Wall and VisitS­cot­land four and five star vis­i­tor at­trac­tions in­clud­ing: Chatel­her­ault Coun­try Park, Sum­mer­lee Mu­seum of Scot­tish Industrial Life, the Na­tional Mu­seum of Ru­ral Life and Low Parks Mu­seum.

A fine ex­am­ple and com­pletely free is Baron’s Haugh, a com­mu­nity na­ture re­serve on the edge of Mother­well.

Man­aged since 1983 by the RSPB, it com­prises 107.3 hectares of richly var­ied habi­tats.

The Re­serve wel­comes over 25,000 vis­i­tors each year – bird­ers, dog walk­ers and other recre­ation­ists.

It is na­tion­ally im­por­tant for its num­bers of win­ter­ing Whooper swans and breed­ing Gadwall and is a well known site for pas­sage waders and hosts an ex­cel­lent bird spec­ta­cle at all times of year.

Baron’s Haugh is the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for walk­ers look­ing to ex­plore. Ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to ex­plore the pathways of the Re­serve and visit the four hides that are al­ways open and of­fer su­perb view­ing of the open wa­ter area.

The main path­way fol­lows the River Clyde which it­self holds much in­ter­est­ing wildlife in­clud­ing King­fish­ers and reg­u­larly seen Ot­ters.

Strath­clyde Coun­try Park is a 30 minute walk down­stream. One of Scot­land’s best lo­ca­tions for out­door recre­ation, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

This four- star vis­i­tor at­trac­tion also of­fers, coarse an­gling per­mits for the loch, rivers and ponds, bri­dle paths for horserid­ing and moun­tain bikes for hire from the Wa­ter­sports Cen­tre.

The park also has var­i­ous ho­tels, restau­rants and at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing M&D’s Scot­land Theme Park.

Thou­sands of vis­i­tors ev­ery year come to in­dulge in the huge range of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able from row­ing to sun­bathing, bird­watch­ing, wa­ter ski-ing and cy­cling.

The Green­link Cy­cle Path start-off point is lo­cated in the park and trav­els to Mother­well Town Cen­tre. Also, a sec­tion of the Clyde walk­way, from Glas­gow to New La­nark, runs through the park.

Strath­clyde Coun­try Park is now firmly es­tab­lished as one of Scot­land’s lead­ing cen­tres for out­door recre­ation. Ma­ture wood­lands, rough wet­lands, wildlife refuges and neat open park­land all sur­round Strath­clyde Loch, a man made loch cre­ated in the early 1970s by flood­ing the old min­ing vil­lage of Both­well­haugh. How­ever the his­tory of the park can be traced as far back as the Ro­mans with re­mains of Both­well­haugh Ro­man Fort and a Ro­man bath house and arched Ro­man bridge within the park. Ad­di­tion­ally the site of the Battle of Both­well Bridge (1679) is lo­cated to the north

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