Get set for the holiday break
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