Strathclyde Park



  • Mainly flat
  • Miles of pathway alongside Strathclyde Loch
  • Areas of woodland and wetland
  • Beaches


  • Free parking is available in 3 large car parks by Strathclyde Loch and also at the watersports centre - all can be accessed from the entrance at Strathclyde Road; just follow the road round. There's also a small car park on the right just after the entrance from Strathclyde Road. Park here to access the sandy beaches.
  • Toilets are available in the watersports centre - as above
  • There's a cafe in the watersports centre, but it isn't dog-friendly


Points of Interest

  • Several children's play parks, accessed from the entrance at Strathclyde Road
  • Amazonia indoor tropical rainforest - accessed from the A725 after junction 5 on the M74. There's a large car park at this end of the park, from which you can easily reach the loch for your dog walk.
  • 5k Park Run on a Saturday morning from 9.30 – 10.00
  • Watersports Centre
  • Strathclyde Loch
  • Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort and Bathhouse
  • Orbiston Tower House


  • Park Run on a Saturday morning from 9.30 – 10.00
  • Strathclyde Loch could be dangerous if your dog is unpredictable when he's near water

Travel Information

  • Drive – There are several car parks next to Strathclyde Loch, which is reached from Strathclyde Road.
  • Walk – Strathclyde Park is easily accessed from Strathclyde Road.
  • Rail - Trains travel frequently from Glasgow Central to Motherwell station. Take a right out of the station onto Muir Street. Follow the road round onto Hamilton Road. Walk down Hamilton Road for approx. 5 minutes until you reach Strathclyde Road on your right. The entrance to Strathclyde Park is clearly signposted.


Before travelling by train, have a quick read of National Rail’s policy on travelling with animals.


Please note that buses are not obliged to accept non-service dogs. For that reason we haven’t included bus routes.


Our review

Strathclyde Park is a large, flat park that's worth visiting for its large loch and sandy beaches. Strathclyde Park is great for dog walking due to its size (a whopping 400 hectares) and the ease of the terrain.