These fantastic country parks are your gateway to exploring the great outdoors here in Renfrewshire.
The Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park is open every day with free parking and lots of buggy-friendly signposted walks and nature trails.
Escape from the stress-filled world and relax with a tea or coffee in one of the park’s centres while the children play, try an outdoor activity with a qualified instructor, or take to the water on Scotland’s first aquatrikes.
For watersports, there is easy access to spacious but safe and shallow Castle Semple Loch, with no speedboats to disturb you. Launch your own dinghy, windsurf, canoe, hire a boat or join one of the clubs. There is a wide range of equipment and fully qualified instructors who offer a variety of courses to suit all skill levels.
The wildlife of the park is typical of woodland and moorland. Birds regularly seen include skylark, meadow pipit, kestrel and sparrowhawk. The tit families feed in the treetops along with goldcrest and chaffinches.
Tree creepers can occasionally be seen in Glen Park where the mature trees provide a constantly changing pattern of colour as the seasons change.
Colourful wild flowers include heath spotted orchid, wild pansy and tormentil on the grasslands, and red campion and herb Robert in the woodlands. As dusk falls, shy roe deer step from the shadows to graze, and tawny owls hunt for small mammals such as bank voles and woodmice.
Finlaystone is a beautiful country estate managed by the family of the Chief of the Clan Macmillan.
With imaginative play areas, woodland walks, picnic areas, colourful gardens and tumbling waterfalls, it’s perfect for a family day out.