Perfect places to enjoy a picnic in Renfrewshire

Wednesday 20th June, 2018

National Picnic Week is currently taking place across the UK, encouraging people to take to the outdoors and enjoy some food and drink in stunning surroundings.

There are few things better than packing a picnic for a sunny day and, luckily, Renfrewshire is home to a whole host of green spaces for everyone to enjoy during warm, summer days.

So, pack up some snacks, grab your family or some pals, and make your way to one or more of these delightful picnic spots in Renfrewshire.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Whether you want to spend a relaxing afternoon soaking up the stunning scenery or you fancy testing the vast range of outdoor activities, Clyde Muirshiel is a perfect place to unwind. There are lots of beautiful spots to enjoy a leisurely picnic, with plenty of benches and tables handily located around the park. You can also book a BBQ site at the park by contacting one of the park rangers. If you’re bringing your own portable BBQ, just remember to place it on bricks or stones rather than directly onto the grass or on a picnic table. We don’t want to be damaging the beautiful landscape now, do we?

Explore the range of things to do at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

Boden Boo & Erskine Beach

Enjoy a picnic right on the edge of the River Clyde. The playful location of Boden Boo and Erskine Beach is perfect for kids and adults, offering fantastic routes for a stroll or bike ride. Unpack your sandwiches and take in the striking views from the grassy slopes or riverside beach right below the magnificent Erskine Bridge.

Find out more about Boden Boo and Erskine Beach.

Gleniffer Braes Country Park

With outstanding views and a serene atmosphere, Gleniffer Braes Country Park offers fantastic spaces for picnics amongst stunning scenery and wildlife. Birdwatchers are in for a treat with skylarks, meadow pipits, kestrels, sparrowhawks and many more often spotted at the park. If you fancy taking in more sites after your picnic, Renfrewshire Council’s Ranger Service regularly lead guided walks to help you find out more.

Get everything you need to know about Gleniffer Braes here.

Finlaystone Country Estate

With around 140 acres of woodlands, Finlaystone Country Estate offers fantastic BBQ and picnic areas – but don’t worry, you won’t get lost. The park’s visitor centre offers maps and a whole host of information to guide you around the various walking trails. Enjoy spectacular views all around, a spot of lunch beside trees that are well over 400 years old or one of the many Ranger-led activities that are available for visitors.

Find out how you can enjoy a great family day out at Finlaystone Country Estate.

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Pack a picnic and spend a great day outdoors at the RSPB! The reserve has an outdoor natural play area, accessible trail and run events, and daily drop-in kids’ activities – so there’s plenty of fun for all the family. While you’re there, see how many different kinds of birds, ducks, swans and more you can spot around the wetlands.

Find out more about RSPB Lochwinnoch.

So, there you have it; plenty of ideal places to enjoy a picnic in Renfrewshire. Just remember to throw away your waste and clean up after you’re finished with your food and drinks or BBQs.

We want to make the area a clean and attractive place for people to live, work or visit. Find out more about Renfrewshire Council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign and how you can get involved.

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