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The area covered by Strathclyde seems to change from map to map. For the purposes of things to do I have used the area shown as closely as I can.

The main area is Glasgow.

 However, there are many more: Airdrie, Ayr, Barrhead, Bearsden, Bellshill, Biggar, Campbeltown, Carluke, Clydebank, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Dumbarton, Dunoon, East Kilbride, Glasgow, Gourock, Greenock, Hamilton, Helensburgh, Inveraray, Irvine, Johnstone, Kilbarchan, Kilmarnock, Kilwinning, Lanark, Largs, Lochgilphead, Maybole, Milngavie, Motherwell, Oban, Paisley, Prestwick, Rothesay, Rutherglen, Saltcoats, Tobermory, Troon

Things to do Glasgow, Strathclyde

M & D's - Scotland's Theme Park in Motherwell

M & D's - Scotland's Theme Park in Motherwell has a good mix of thrill rides, kids and family rides, Adventure golf and bingo to keep most age groups happy and entertained. There are also a range of things to do inside as well, with ten-pin bowling, a gamezone, huge soft play are and Amazonia.

Amazonia is a tropical rainforest packed full of exotic animals such as Poison Dart Frogs, Tarantulas, Pythons, Fruit Bats, Assassin Beetles, Geckos, Chameleons, Marmoset Monkeys, Toucans, Parrots, Giant Millipedes, Leaf Cutter Ants, Koi Carp and many other creatures.

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre is designed to promote science and technology by using lots of hands-on, thought provoking, fun and interactive experiences.

The Glasgow Science centre has 3 buildings: The science mall with three floors and over 250 hands-on interactive science exhibits; a Planetarium to display the night sky with well-informed star guides to help explain main features of the night sky; and the 127 metre Glasgow Tower, Scotland's tallest freestanding building with excellent views of the surrounding area.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park - Ayr

Heads of Ayr Farm Park in Ayr is the type of place that kids remember with fond memories forever. Lots of positive comments on Tripadvisor with visitors recommending it.

There are lots of activities to keep kids happy and having fun for hours on end: Animals to see, feed and touch; quad bikes; slides; indoor and outdoor play areas; jumping pillows; aerial slides; ringo sledging; bumper boats; water wars; rope bridges. Kids will love it.


Largs is a popular little seaside town on Scotland's south west coast. It sits between the busy Ayrshire seaside towns of the Firth of Clyde to the south and Gourock to the north and it is by far the most popular resort on the Clyde.

Vikingar! is one of the main attraction and 'The Viking experience' guides you through 500 years of history with interactive exhibits, costumed storytellers telling Viking tales and myths, a Viking longboat exhibit, and a 5-screen film presentation following one Viking family through generations of turmoil, battle and adventure until the Battle of Largs in 1263.

However, Vikingar! is much more, it is also a multi purpose leisure centre with a 25m swimming pool, toddlers pool, theatre, fitness studio, children's play area and the fantastic interactive attraction called the the Viking Experience.

 The next Largs Viking festival is from 1st September to 9th September 2018.

New Lanark World Heritage Site

The work of the local mill owner Robert Owen in social reform was very important and lead to major changes in working conditions. UNESCO have recognised the significance of the site and made it a World Heritage site.

As a tourist attraction, great effort has been made to try and make the history both interesting and entertaining. A popular highlight is the Annie McLeod Experience dark ride, which features the ghost of mill girl Annie who reveals the amazing story of the life and times in New Lanark in the 1820's. There are also film shows to further develop the theme.

Historians can visit the unique 18th century cotton mill village that has been carefully restored as a living community and includes Robert Owen's House, a 1930s period store, Millworkers' House, working textile machinery and the Historic Classroom.

The location has always been considered a beauty spot with the Falls of Clyde and the Falls of Clyde Wildlife park nearby.

Strathclyde Theatres

O2 Academy

Glasgow Garage

Royal Concert Hall

Kings Theatre

Glasgow Pavilion

Theatre Royal

 Magnum Theatre - Irvine

Palace Theatre - Kilmarnock

Motherwell Concert Hall

Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre

Glasgow Ski and Snowboard centre is only minutes away from central Glasgow and has four modern floodlit dry ski slopes, excellent ski and Snowboard instruction, and snowsport activities such as snow-tubing that are fantastic for birthday parties. No training is necessary to enjoy - just sit and slide!.

Ayr Racecourse

Ayr Racecourse is the Premier Racecourse in Scotland and home to some top Scottish races that Include the Scottish Grand National in April, and the William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup Festival in September. Ayr Racecourse stages both National Hunt and Flat fixtures all year round and has approximately 30 race meetings each year. A trip to Ayr racecourse can offer you a great day out at the races.

Glasgow Transport Museum

Glasgow Transport Museum has approximately 3000 objects on display at the museum. Visitors are allowed to climb onto some of the larger objects such as locomotives footplate's, trams and subway cars.

The museum has responded to visitor requests and there are now reconstructed streets with shops that visitors can enter. There are also improvements to the number of interactive hands-on exhibits, films and touch screen displays. Visitors are able to go aboard The Tall Ship 'Glenlee', Glasgow's lovingly restored Clyde built ship, however, additional charges apply for this.

Kelburn Castle Country Centre - Fairlie

Kelburn Castle has plenty of surprises for everyone. Kelburn brought together four of the world's leading graffiti artists from Brazil to work alongside Scottish talent, to create a unique burst of colour, embracing the walls and turrets of the south side of Kelburn Castle.

A secret forest, a crocodile swamp, stockade, play barn and an amazing adventure course makes Kelburn Country Centre one of Scotland's most thrilling days out for kids. The most popular attraction is the Secret Forest, a complex of woodland paths and raised walkways with surprises at every turn

The gardens are a bit special too. Kelburn Castle is beautifully situated at the foot of a spectacular glen, half a mile from the sea, overlooking the islands of the Firth of Clyde. In the space of just over half a mile, the Kel Burn, drops dramatically 800ft by way of a series of waterfalls and deep gorges to the sea. The glen is a wealth of wild flowers and ferns, shrubs and trees and has a number of walks through the grounds including a sculpture trail.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Loch Lomond is an area of outstanding natural beauty covering 720 sq miles, with 70% of the population of Scotland living within an hours drive away. Despite the huge pressure from visitors and the temptation to develop the area, it is a great credit to the people of Scotland that it has remained un-spoilt. Visitors can enjoy a variety of attractions in the area as well as the beautiful landscape.

Loch Lomond Shores is considered the gateway to the area. One of the best ways to experience the magnificent surroundings is to take a Loch Cruise; two are available - Loch Lomond Cruise and Loch Katrine Cruise.

Falls of Leny

Rob Roys Grave

Inchcailloch Island

Inchcailloch Priory

Popular destinations in the area

Loch Lomond Sealife Centre

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Medieval Castles

This area has many castle ruins but many are remote and I feel visitors would be disappointed if they need to make a long journey to visit them. I have listed a few that have a little bit more to offer.

Culzean Castle in Maybole is a popular place to visit. Not only is it possible to tour the castle and walk in the parkland but the estate also has access to 5km of beaches. Elsewhere on the estate there are caves to explore that are believed to have been used for smuggling, a deer park, adventure playground and lots of wildlife to watch in the 600 acres of parkland.

Culzean Castle

Inveraray Castle

 Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. The castle is open to visitors who may also enjoy a walk through the gardens. Inverary Castle is believed to be haunted by the "ghost of a harpist who was hanged in 1644 for peeping at the lady of the house." The sound of a mysterious harp playing has been reported by visitors to the castle.

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Kilmory Castle - Lochgilphead

Brodick Castle Gardens and Country park

Distillery Tours

Scotland is famous for it's whiskey and here are a few local distilleries.

Bowmore Distillery -  Isle of Islay

Jura Distillery - Isle of Jura

Oban Distillery visitor centre

Ardbeg Distillery - Port Ellen Isle of Islay

Isle of Arran Distillery

Oban Distillery

Swimming Pools, Fun Pools and Leisure Centres

Lagoon Leisure Centre


Waterfront Leisure Complex


Hamilton Water Palace


Dollan Aqua Centre

East Kilbride

Leisure Activities

Walking Routes

Cycle Routes

Horse Riding

Golf Courses

Park Resorts

Self catering accommodation at Sandylands holiday park near Saltcoats.

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