South Lanarkshire has a rich and varied countryside from River Clyde flood plain in the North to the upland peat land in the South. There is a wide range of habitats across the area including ancient woodlands which is mainly found in the Clyde Valley. Peatland can be found in the lowland areas while there are excellent examples of raised bog in the lowland areas where a variety of life can be found.
James Hamilton Heritage Park is a 32 acre area with a 16 acre loch and water sports centre. The park offers water activities for all ages including canoeing, wind surfing and dingy sailing. Within the park is a bird and nature sanctuary making it a popular place for walking, cycling and bird watching. Visit James Hamilton Heritage Park for more information.
Local Nature Reserves
Langlands moss is an important and rare habitat - a lowland raised bog. These areas are peatlands and the oldest date back to the last Ice Age and a wide range of wildlife can be found. It is a great place to explore with its wildlife ranging from Owls and Buzzards to red fox and badgers which have been spotted. To find out more about the area please visit Friends of Langlands Moss.
Clyde Valley National Nature Reserve is designated Sites of Scientific Interest due to the abundance of native woodland which is found there. it is made up of six different sites within South Lanarkshire and is host to some endangered species such as peregrine falcon. More information can be found at The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership - a lottery funded project which aims to conserve the cultural heritage of the area.
Scottish Wildlife Trust run one of it's major reserves in New Lanark - The Falls of Clyde. Stunning woodland and riverside walks, with waterfalls and wildlife a-plenty.
Calderglen Country Park is a 4-star graded toursist attraction and one of South Lanarkshires Premier family attractions. The park has a children's zoo, ornamental gardens and extensive nature walks which extend for about 5km along the Rotten Calder River. Along these walks, attractive waterfalls can be found as well as a Site Of Special Scientific Interest for geological features. For more information please visit Calderglen Country Park.
Chatelherault Country Park was built in 1732 as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Hamilton. The park has a visitor centre made from a restored building with a display gallery and an exhibition making it an ideal location for families. Visitors can also walk through the 10 miles of gorge walks along the River Avon through some of the oldest woodland in Scotland. More information can be found at Chatelherault Country Park.
Cambuslang Park is a 27 acre urban park with many exciting activities. Not only do they have a ordinary play park they also have outdoor gym equipment for children with special needs making it an ideal place for families to visit. In the park is also 3 football pitches and a multi gym area for various different sports. There are also many scenic walk ways within the park including one running parrallel to the Kirk Burn. More information can be found at Cambuslang Park.
Whitelee Wind Farm is the largest onshore wind farm in Europe with 140 turbines. The wind farm offers a unique setting for recreational activites such as walking, cycling and horse riding as it has 70kms of trails to explore. Within the area there is a visior centre with an exhibition room, learning hub, shop and cafe. Whitelle Wind Farm is an excellent day out for all age groups and more information can be found at Whitelee Wind Farm.