Situated in the Renfrewshire Heights, Muirshiel Country Park is a quiet escape with stunning views and scenery across to the atmospheric Misty Law and Renfrewshire’s highest hill, Hill of Stake (522m).
Walk the woodland trails within the Country Park and climb the family-friendly Windy Hill. Spot native woodland birds and roe deer or set the scene for a retelling of your favourite woodland tales. Seek out the ‘Forest Folk’ who hide along the lower trail, once found you can learn about the trees they inhabit.
For the more adventurous, head outside the boundary with map and compass to roam the heather-covered hills and wide open spaces. A gravel track will also take you to an abandoned Barytes mine – a great route for mountain biking as well as hiking. The area was once managed for grouse shooting and boasts Sir Winston Churchill amongst its historical visitors. It is now a protected habitat for the rare raptor the hen harrier.
Soak up the peace and quiet and enjoy a BBQ or lunch by the River Calder, picnic tables and benches are in abundance. The Visitor Centre is open weekends in summer for hot drinks, snacks and ice creams. Toilets are open daily.
The Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Ranger Service operates on site most days providing volunteering opportunities, outdoor learning activities, countryside advice and seasonal events.