A place of big skies and wild hills
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.
Local writer Cam Procter went on a series of micro adventures around Renfrewshire. Check out his write up of a ride around Muirshiel Country Park here.
Lunch with a view
Soak up the peace and quiet and enjoy a BBQ or lunch by the River Calder, picnic tables and benches are in abundance.
Tracks, trails and car park are open daily. Muirshiel Visitor Centre is open at weekends for refreshments and gifts (cash only), until the end of BST. Muirshiel Visitor Centre toilets are open daily all year (if staffing allows).
The Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Ranger Service operates on site most days providing volunteering opportunities, outdoor learning activities, countryside advice and seasonal events. Keep in touch with what the Ranger Service is up to at the links below.