Camping in South Lanarkshire

Dominated by the River Clyde, South Lanarkshire is a region of lush, fertile lands, dotted with market towns. Flowing through ancient woodland and into Glasgow on its way to the Atlantic, the river is at its most dramatic at the Falls of Clyde, where a series of spectacular waterfalls tumbles over jagged rocks. The surrounding nature reserve is home to a multitude of birds, bats and mammals, which you can spot throughout the year.

The region is strewn with country parks that offer lots to entertain families, from walks, cycles and water sports to a miniature railway and even a theme park. With their green, open space and range of activities, they’re the perfect place to unwind and have fun.

Less than 30 miles from this tranquil paradise is the bustling city of Glasgow, with its friendly, pragmatic people and vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a place to eat traditional Scots cuisine or a live-music venue where you can see some local bands, you won’t be disappointed. During the day you can shop till you drop in the quirky boutiques, catch a game at Celtic Park or take a ride on the world’s largest sea-going paddle steamer.

Strathclyde Country Park

This relaxing retreat is set on the edge of beautiful parkland, giving it a natural feel despite being just 20 minutes from Glasgow.

Ideal for:
• Family stays
• City breaks
• Cycling

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Reasons to visit South Lanarkshire

Selecting one of the campsites near Glasgow brings the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds: the energy of the city and the peace of the countryside.

Family time

South Lanarkshire is a great place to get some quality time with your family. Located within minutes of our Strathclyde Country Park camping site, M&D’s theme park has rides to suit all ages, whether you’re going with timid toddlers or fearless teens. There’s a huge range of rides from dodgems and gentle rail track rides through to water flumes and the twisting, looping Tornado, the theme park’s biggest rollercoaster. Fun and thrills can be had by all, and you’ll find plenty of snack bars between the rides for when you need to replenish your energy.

Right next door is Amazonia, an indoor tropical rainforest that’s totally unique to Scotland. Free-flying birds and butterflies flit overhead as you meet a range of beasties, from marmosets and fruit bats to lizards, terrapins and snakes. You can even take part in one of the daily handling sessions for a small additional fee and have your photo taken with one of the animals.

You can also try something new together – curling is a popular Scottish sport and you can give it a go ice rinks across Lanarkshire and Glasgow. Beginner lessons start from £5 per head and will teach you and your family or friends the basics of the sport or polish your skills.

The big city

A camping trip to South Lanarkshire wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Glasgow, an energetic city that blends a varied night life with some fantastic cultural attractions. There’s lots you can do for free if you’re travelling on a budget, such as the Riverside Museum and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The former is a multi-award winning attraction that takes you on a journey through the history of transport via interactive displays and a range of objects from skateboards to locomotives. Berthed outside is the Tall Ship, which can also be explored for free and features fully refurbished Captain’s quarters. Kids under five can even enjoy a mouse hunt or a romp in the cargo hold’s play area.

Football fans won’t want to miss the chance to see a Celtic FC or Rangers game, or take a tour of the stadiums. An hour’s guided tour at Celtic Park or the Ibrox Stadium will take you into the dressing room, dugout and tunnel as you learn about the history of the club.

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to take in the scenery, and the Clyde Walkway (Route 75 on the National Cycle Network) is popular, taking in the southern reaches of Glasgow and winding alongside the River Clyde to Uddingston. It’s a largely tarmacked route and mostly traffic free, making it safe and suitable for younger riders. From Uddingston, you can continue on to Bothwell Castle where you can explore the ruins or admire the bluebells in spring.

There’s also a gentle route around Strathclyde Country Park, which is ideal for families. Bikes can be hired on-site and the path around the loch is largely flat, making it manageable for little legs. From here you can also cycle the short distance to Chatelherault Country Park, with its adventure playground, picnic area and 18th century hunting lodge.

Why choose Experience Freedom?

Our Glasgow camping destination has an excellent location close to the attractions of both Glasgow itself and Strathclyde Country Park. Families won’t be short of things to do, and the facilities and pitches are well-maintained for your comfort. Click through to find out more about the campsite, or use our Search and Book tool to make a booking online.