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Things to do & Local Activities

  • Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park– Clyde Muirshiel is Scotlands largest Regional Park. The Park is open everyday with FREE parking, way marked walks and nature trails. Each Visitor Centre has a Countryside Ranger Service, refreshments and a gift shop.For those feeling more adventurous, the Park provides a wide variety of outdoor activity courses and taster sessions such as sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering and hill walking. All ages can hire mountain bikes at Castle Semple. Why don’t you begin your exploration of 108 square miles of beautiful west central Scotland countryside? Join the people of Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire who are already enjoying the countryside on their doorstep.




  • RSPB Lochwinnoch – As one of the few wetlands left in west Scotland, Lochwinnoch is an ideal day out for all the family. It's the perfect spot to watch whooper swans, wigeons and a wide variety of ducks during the winter months. In spring, you won't want to miss the elaborate displays of the great crested grebes.While you're here, look out for otters, and pop into our visitor centre for a light snack or a browse in the shop which has an array of bird feeding products, books, gifts, clothing, toys and binoculars and telescopes.






  • Cycling – Lochwinnoch is a popular place for day visitors cycling from Paisley and Glasgow as well as those who come by car with bikes. A range of bikes can also be hired at the Castle Semple Centre. Bikes with child carriers and child trailers, special needs tricycles, wheelchair bikes and powered bikes are all available.






    • Cycle Skills Track – the Cycle Skills Track is located in the Public Park on Lochlip Road, adjacent to the route of the main Glasgow – Irvine cycle track.  A series of ramps, bridges, see-saws, and other obstacles provide a fun and challenging play environment to aid in the development of better bike handling skills. Aimed at all ages, obstacles and routes can be varied depending on ability. Bike helmets should be worn at all times The track and nearby childrens playground was installed by the Lochwinnoch Playground Group. This local charity raised over £100,000 to upgrade the village play facilities. Full list of funders here.
    • Sustrans Cycle Track – Lochwinnoch Loop Line (Route 7) (download the Information Sheet pdf) This 14 mile cycleway and footpath forms part of the Lochs and Glens Cycle Route. It starts at Paisley Canal Railway Station and follows the same route as National Cycle Network Route 75 until Johnstone. From there it heads south west to Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Kilbirnie, passing by Castle Semple Loch, Barr Loch and Kilbirnie Loch. Castle Semple Loch is a nationally recognised site for wild birds and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Walking – walk around the loch, along the cycle track, through Parkhill woods or across the moorland hills