Strathclyde Country Park

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What an exciting year 2014 is going to be at Strathclyde Country Park! The Triathlon Event for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be hosted by Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, Lanarkshire. If you are looking for a hotel for this fantastic Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Venue then consider the Abington Hotel.

You will find that the excellent location of the Abington Hotel on the M74 at Junction 13 allows for direct motorway access to Strathclyde Country Park on the M74 at Junction 6.

At Strathclyde Country Park you will discover mature woodlands, rough wetlands, wildlife refuges and neat open parkland all surround Strathclyde Loch, the focal point for many of the park activities. Strathclyde Country Park is firmly established as one of Scotland’s leading centres for outdoor recreation.

Thousands of visitors every year come to enjoy the huge range of activities available from sailing to sunbathing, birdwatching to bicycling, water ski-ing to watching the world go by. Ideally situated, with excellent road and public transport links, the park plays host to a series of major events such as GE British Triathlon, British Gas Great Scottish Swim and it will be the dedicated location for the Triathlon Event during the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games in which competitors from Australia, New Zealand and Canada as well as other countries within the Commonwealth are expected to compete in this gruelling completion which involves a 1500 metre open water swim, 40 kilometre road cycle and finishing off with a challenging 10 kilometre run.

Based on the excellent facilities of the Watersports Centre and Strathclyde Loch, the park is a licensed outdoor activity centre and caters for the following water activities :-

For the enthusiast – rowing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, canoeing and water ski-ing. Craft are available for hire, or you may bring your own if you prefer. Expert instruction in the necessary skills, all in accordance with the standards laid down by the sports’ national governing bodies, is available from the instructors at the park.

For fun – pedalos, bumper boats, boat trips, wavebobs and canadian canoes. There are rescue boats on the water and modern equipment is provided to ensure the exciting but safe enjoyment of all loch users. This fun park also plays host to M&D’s Theme Park(Scotland’s Theme Park) as well as a caravan club site.

All fresh water lochs are dangerous, particularly those like Strathclyde Loch with its shoreline shelving down to a lower layer of cold water. So swimming is not allowed and you should make sure that you and your companions always wear lifejackets or buoyancy aids when you are on the water.

Land sports – served by well-equipped and meticulously maintained sports pavilions, Strathclyde Country Park caters for the following variety of sports on dry land. Football (3 hard porous pitches, 2 floodlit, 2 grass pitches and Lanarkshire’s 7-a-side football centre), jogging tracks, coarse angling permits available for the loch, rivers and ponds, horse riding permits available for 7 miles of bridle paths, wayfaring and competitive orienteering – 3 different courses, cross country running, mountain bikes for hire, and to get in shape for all the above.

Footpaths and nature trails with miles of surfaced footpaths connect through dense woodlands, wetlands and open parkland and to the long distance Clyde Walkway system. Historical features include Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort and Bathhouse and Orbiston Tower House. Wildlife refuges provide breeding sites and refuge for more than 150 different species of wild animals and birds. An all year round series of nature walks led by members of the North Lanarkshire Countryside Ranger Service is programmed.

There are disabled access points available to the Watersports Centre within Strathclyde Country Park . The disabled toilets are situated on the first floor within the Watersports Centre and a lift is available.

Strathclyde Country Park, 366 Hamilton Road, Motherwell, ML1 3ED   M74 Junction 6 Phone: 01698 402060

Abington Hotel, 78 Carlisle Road, Abington, ML12 6SD M74 Junction 13 Phone: 01864 502467

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