I’m not going to lie; my partner and I are two very outgoing people who are partial to a drink on a Saturday night. We love to be busy and plan fun things, so a couples holiday at Queensberry Bay – known for being quiet and peaceful – was a little bit of a step out of our comfort zone. But it was JUST what we needed.

 

It’s been a hectic few month, where all of our weekends seem to be booked up with plans and we really just needed some time to rest and recuperate. As we drove along the coast of Powfoot to the park, the sun was just at that nice height in the evening, where it was sitting quite low but not quite setting, and the atmosphere felt really peaceful.

 

The Sandpiper at Queensberry Bay

We checked into our Glamping Pod, got changed, freshened up and went to The Sandpiper Café Bar for a meal and a drink. Despite it being mid-April, the sun was shining, it was still warm and wind was a minimum, so we couldn’t resist sitting out on the terrace overlooking the Solway Firth. Our meal was delicious, I ordered The Works Burger, a Verdant icon – 2 beef burgers, melted cheese, bacon, lettuce tomato and fries.

 

Food at Queensberry Bay
The Works Burger

 

I enjoyed a glass of Pinot Grigio and my partner an ice-cold pint of lager. We sat on the terrace, watching the sun go down and just chatted about what we wanted to do that weekend. Just as the sun was starting to set, we headed back to our Glamping Pod and to our delight James Bond Skyfall was showing on ITV, it was the perfect chilled Friday night in our cosy Glamping Pod.

Drinks at The Sandpiper
A glass of wine overlooking the Solway Firth

 

Saturday

 

We were up and out Saturday morning at 7:30am (probably after such an early night Friday) for a walk around Powfoot. We walked through Powfoot Golf Course and my partner thoroughly enjoyed watching the early morning golfers take their shots. After doing a full circular of Powfoot, just walking, and exploring, we ended up back at Queensberry Bay around 9am, ready for breakfast at The Sandpiper Café Bar. Sitting on the terrace again, we both enjoyed a full English with a pot of English breakfast tea – how civilised!

Breakfast in Powfoot
Full English at The Sandpiper

 

 

Now it was 10am, and we still didn’t really know where or what we wanted to do that day and night, after chatting to team members they all seemed to mention Moffat as a place to visit, famous for Moffat Toffee. So, we hopped in the car and drove to Moffat, just over half an hour drive away and we’re so glad we did.

 

Moffat is such a beautiful town, the whole vibe and setting just reminded me of a typical American TV programme town, like Gilmore Girls or The Vampire Diaries. The town had a centre stage monument in the middle of the town square, and stylish shops, modern cafes and restaurants lined either side of the street.

 

Moffat

 

We sat in the sunshine outside a cosy little café, for a spot of lunch and an ice cold can of coke, then made our way down the street for an ice cream. With traditional Scottish shops full of Scottish souvenir’s and sweet shops piled high with pick and mix, we were in our element. We then took a short walk to the Moffat Gardens where we spotted families on pedalos in the lake – an activity we absolutely couldn’t miss out on, and for only £2 each it was so lovely, pedalling a boat in the lake in the glorious sunshine!

 

Moffat Lake

 

As the day rolled into the evening, we began thinking about our plans for the night. With the biggest fight of the year on that night – Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte – my partner and I really wanted to find somewhere we could watch it with a good atmosphere, and we found the perfect place.

 

We took a drive into Annan, just 4 miles from Queensberry Bay Leisure Park and had a look for somewhere to eat. It was a toss-up between Indian or Chinese, and we eventually settled on Chinese at Lucky Date, we were not disappointed. After our meal we then took a walk to find somewhere showing the fight and came across The Shed. Now The Shed was right up our street, the perfect blend between a sports bar and drinks bar. With big screens all around the venue we were set up for the night and fight there, the atmosphere was fantastic!

 

Sunday

 

Before we went away, we were doing some Googling of things to do in the area and stargazing at Galloway Forest Park was something we fancied doing – but getting up in the middle of the night was not. Saturday night, we both randomly woke up around 3am, and decided to peek outside the window of our Glamping Pod and we were both amazed by the sky over Queensberry Bay. On a clear night, the stars shined SO bright. We spent around half an hour on the decking in our coats, stargazing at 3am. It was spectacular.

 

Sunday morning, we had a bit of a lie in and got up for breakfast at The Sandpiper Café Bar around 10am, opting for the same choice as the day before – the breeze had really picked up on Sunday, so we ate inside instead of on the terrace. After breakfast, we headed back to the Glamping Pod, packed our belongings, and set off home. On the way home, we visited Gretna Green Designer Outlet for some shopping, being avid fans of Cheshire Oaks, we really enjoyed this visit, it was a lot less busy but just as good choice of shops.

 

So, if you’re a couple, looking for the perfect boutique escape to get away from it all – you won’t be disappointed choosing a Glamping Pod break for your next couples holiday at Queensberry Bay Leisure Park.

On holiday at Pease Bay – an inside look

 

When you think of a beach holiday, what do you imagine? Your feet buried in the sand, the sound of waves crashing against each other with the whistle of the wind in your ear? Being on holiday at Pease Bay can offer you just that and more. 

 

Verdant Leisure offers fantastic experiences, not just for our customers but for our team too. Living in these challenging times people need to escape the busy stresses of everyday life and retreat to a place where only that moment, there and then, matters. 

 

William from Head Office recently visited Pease Bay Leisure Park for a short break. Upon arrival, the Pease Bay team were nothing but helpful and friendly and after a long drive it was quick and easy to get settled into the accommodation, plan out the evening and enjoy some food at the Smugglers Bar. Enjoying some pepperoni pizza and a few drinks was the perfect end to a long day. The service was excellent with a friendly team who are more than happy to chat at a moment’s notice.

 

 

One of the highlights of staying at a Verdant Leisure park on the Scottish coastline is the ease of access to tons of local area attractions. The big one being Edinburgh, only a 40 minute drive from Pease Bay, so you have the opportunity to visit one of the most stunning cities in Scotland. 

 

Edinburgh Castle is one of the attractions that people flock to, a piece of history only a short drive away seems completely worth it, don’t you think? You can tour the castle at your own pace, browse in numerous gift shops and take in the culture of traditional Scotland. With views stretching out across the whole of Edinburgh, it’s like something out of a romcom, or a 19th century war movie, some people take it differently… 

 

 

Edinburgh is also home to the only zoo in the UK to host giant pandas! Edinburgh zoo is a fantastic day out for people of any age, who doesn’t want to watch a panda up close! You can grab a bite to eat and find the perfect gift for someone special in the gift shop, there is a huge range of animal related gifts including plushies, keyrings and even Lego models of your favourite zoo guest! William ended up taking home a Lego model of a red panda, he named it ‘Pabu’. 

 

 

After a day of exploration of the local area, you get the chance to come back, relax and unwind by the sea. An on park shop allows you to get all the ingredients you need to make the perfect meal while you stay at Pease Bay, whether it’s beans on toast or something fancier you’ll have all the facilities you’ll need to ensure you go to bed with a full belly and a smile on your face. 

 

So, when we ask you again what you think of when you dream of a beach holiday, we already know your answer, Pease Bay Leisure Park.

 

If you’re looking for a by the sea holiday then Pease Bay is the park for you, but did you know that Verdant Leisure offer a range of holiday types to suit everyone? We have action packed, escape & unwind, and boutique retreat holiday parks to make sure you have the holiday best suited for you! 

 

Click here to book your own holiday at Pease Bay

 

Last minute dog friendly holidays in the UK

 

Are you searching for the perfect last minute dog friendly holiday in the UK? Want to enjoy a break with the whole family, including your furry best friends? Then one of our Escape & Unwind, Boutique Retreat or By The Sea parks could be the one for you!

 

Leave no pet behind…

 

At Verdant Leisure, we understand that pets are a big part of the family, and we want you to be able to enjoy a holiday without the worry of leaving your pet behind. All our parks offer superb pet friendly accommodation, from Glamping Pods at Queensberry Bay to Luxury Spa Lodges at Erigmore, you don’t have to settle for less when booking pet friendly accommodation at Verdant Leisure! A UK staycation also means that there is no long-haul flight or the need for pet passports! Fancy a last-minute break? You’ve got it!

 

Enjoy a perfect holiday with the whole family

 

Families, couples and of course, your pets, will love the award-winning beach at our By The Sea park, Pease Bay Leisure Park. Its breath-taking location with direct beach access makes it the perfect pet friendly coastal destination. Relax to the sound of waves, enjoy sunset walks across the golden sand or enjoy a drink outside Smugglers bar. The local area also boasts a number of pet friendly places for you to explore too!

 

 

 

Our Escape & Unwind parks are ideally located across Scotland and northern England, giving you the freedom to choose the perfect location for you and your loved ones. Choose from Viewfield Manor in the stunning Ayrshire countryside just 20 minutes from Robert Burns Country in Ayr and only a short drive from beaches such as Irvine & Troon beach. Or if you are looking to holiday on the south east coast of Scotland, then Coldingham Bay & Scoutscroft Leisure Park are both a must visit! With woodland walks and nearby Coldingham Bay beach, you’ve plenty of places to explore with your dog! If you’d prefer a holiday in the heart of the Durham Dales, then check out Heather View! With an abundance of countryside walks you can marvel at waterfalls, rivers and stunning views with the whole family.

 

 

Searching for a luxury retreat? Then look no further than our Boutique Retreat parks, Queensberry Bay & Erigmore Leisure Park. Located overlooking the Solway Firth, Queensberry offers a unique holiday experience. You can relax at The Sandpiper Café Bar and take in the views from the sun terrace with your pets! For those looking for active days out, there are fantastic walking routes, coastal paths and even golf courses, right on its doorstep. Erigmore in the heart of Perthshire, boasts a dreamy woodland setting, surrounded by flowing rivers and tranquil lochs, with plenty of pet friendly walking trails nearby. After a day of exploring nearby towns such as Pitlochry and Dunkeld, nothing beats relaxing in your own private hot tub whilst your pooch chills out in front of the electric fire!

 

 

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Dog friendly days out in Scotland

 

Our parks offer pets welcome accommodation with lots of dog friendly days out nearby.

A great place to start is the beach, where your four-legged friend can chase balls, have a dip in the sea or enjoy a long sandy walk. Choose from these stunning beaches near our parks:

  • St Abbs beach, Berwickshire
  • Eyemouth beach, Berwickshire
  • Pease Bay beach, Berwickshire
  • Coldingham Bay beach, Berwickshire
  • Belhaven Bay, East Lothian
  • Yellowcraig beach, East Lothian
  • Whitesands and Barns Ness beaches, East Lothian
  • Tyninghame beach, East Lothian
  • Queensberry Bay, Dumfriesshire
  • Irvine beach, Ayrshire
  • Saltcoats beach, Ayrshire
  • Troon beach, Ayrshire

 

dogs family beach friendly scotland

If you and your pooch prefer the countryside, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the areas surrounding our parks. Visit Kelburn Castle and Estate near Viewfield Manor. It offers dramatic walks through the estate covering over 3,500 acres. There are waterfalls, deep gorges, wild flowers and ferns, shrubs and trees offering a beautiful wild landscape with views over the islands of the Firth of Clyde.

Close to our south east Scotland parks is Pease Dean Nature Reserve. This 3 mile walk usually takes around 2 hours and follows the Southern Upland Way. There’s fantastic views of the coastline and it’s managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Alternatively, visit John Muir Country Park, which offers relaxing walks with stunning views across to Bass Rock and the Forth Estuary.

There’s a number of brilliant walking routes for you to enjoy in Mabie Forest, situated around 20 miles from Queensberry Bay. This beautiful woodland sits between Dumfries and New Abbey and is a must if you’re staying on park.

You’ll find plenty of castles, ancient fortresses, and ruins across Scotland. Why not take your dog exploring the grounds? Here’s some near our parks:

 

Castle scotland dumfries

 

 

 

10 Eco Tourism Tips for your Verdant Leisure holiday

 

Our parks are surrounded by stunning coastal and countryside scenery. From lochs to waterfalls, mountains to beaches, whichever Verdant Leisure park you choose, you’ll be spoilt for choice for ways to get in touch with nature. Whilst holidaying with us, we’d love you to consider the environment and ways to be an eco-tourist, so we’ve put together our top 10 eco-tourism tips for you to travel responsibly on your next Verdant Leisure holiday…

 

 

  1. Choose us!

We’re accredited by the Green Tourism scheme, so you can rely on our parks to be one of the best places to stay with a high standard of green credentials. Our parks are currently Silver and Bronze, but we’d love to go for Gold!

 

  1. Spend time on park

There’s plenty to do on park, with fantastic facilities the whole family will love. You can enjoy a meal in one of our bar and restaurants, or take advantage of our swimming pools and gyms at selected parks. Staying on park reduces overcrowding at popular local attractions and beauty spots, and cuts transport costs and emissions.

 

  1. Reduce your carbon footprint

Consider how you’ll get to park, it’s often more eco friendly to get public transport, or if you’re coming with friends, why not car share? If you’ve got an electric vehicle, we have charging points at all of our parks!

  1. Use public transport

Once you arrive on park, why not try and travel by foot or bike? There are some local companies who hire bikes which can make it much simpler than trying to transport your own. For longer journeys, check out local bus companies and train routes, this can help ease road congestion and poor parking on smaller roads. You can get the train to Edinburgh for a day out from Thurston Manor, or explore the Weardale Railway when on holiday at Heather View.

  1. Try an off-peak break

Visiting us off-peak, or out of main school holidays is a great way to get a fantastic deal, as well as being able to enjoy a typically quieter park and local area experience! The roads tend to be quieter and local attractions are usually less busy.

 

  1. Get planning!

Make sure you sort your itinerary in advance. You’ll be able to make the most of your time on park and doing your research means you can find some hidden gems in and around the park. Plan your journeys and routes and see if you can factor in walking to places to reduce travel congestion in peak times.

  1. Leave no trace

No matter where you are, it’s really important to be aware of your surroundings and ensure you leave no trace. That could mean making sure you take all your rubbish home, or thinking twice before taking part in trends like love locks on bridges or stone stacking. Both of these can cause damage to eco systems and manmade structures over time.

  1. Visit some eco-tourism friendly spots

You can visit some eco-tourism friendly attractions local to our parks, like The Devil’s Porridge Museum near our Queensberry Bay Leisure Park. Or head to Glasgow for a day out whilst staying at Viewfield Manor and enjoy some fully organic, sustainable, and freshly prepared food at Locavore.

  1. Volunteer

As part of our Green Tourism scheme, we often hold events on park to give back to the local environment and community and we’d love your support! For example, at our coastal parks, we love to take part in beach cleans so if you’re on park, it would be amazing for you to get involved.

 

  1. Support local eco-tourism friendly companies

There’s endless things to do near our parks, so when planning your day out, make sure you check the green credentials of local companies to see if they’re eco-tourism friendly. Eco-tourism is the greatest way to enjoy the UK’s nature and cultural heritage.

 

 

 

Most Instagrammable places with Verdant Leisure 

Our parks at Verdant Leisure are situated in some of the most picturesque locations in northern England and Scotland. If you love to hunt out stunning places to photograph during your holiday, then Verdant can provide the perfect base for finding those gems. We’ve rounded up some inspiration for trips near to our parks which will give the wow factor to your Instagram posts. 

 

Mellerstain House & Gardens, Scottish Borders 

If you love photographing stunning architecture, look no further than this stately home, designed by Scottish architect, William Adam, in 1725 and listed as one of Britain’s Best Stately Homes by The Telegraph. The house is set in an idyllic countryside location with pretty gardens and grounds to wander around. While enjoying the tranquil atmosphere, you’ll find visual treats such as ‘The Tea Cottage’ with its thatched roof and curved walls, which looks to have been plucked straight out of a fairy tale book.  

 

 

St Abb’s National Nature Reserve, Berwickshire 

If nature photography is your thing then the glistening blue sea waters, dramatic clifftops and coastal formations of this nature reserve is the perfect place to visit. There’s a vast range of wildlife, birdlife, flora and fauna to snap and spectacular views of the rugged Berwickshire coast. If picture perfect coastal towns get you snapping, then St Abbs is a great destination. This remote fishing village features old fishermen’s cottages tumbling down to the surf-battered harbour and is surrounded by jagged cliffs with a lighthouse nearby. 

 

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway 

If you are staying in the south west of Scotland this is a beautiful coastal spot located on the Rhins of Galloway Peninsula. Get your camera ready for immense seaside views, pretty pastel-coloured houses and the historic ruins of Dunskey Castle. There are plenty of beaches, coves and coastal trails for you to explore then relax with some local seafood as you watch the sun set from the harbour. 

 

Dunkeld, Perthshire 

If you love the dramatic light and shape that forests and woodlands create in your pictures then Perthshire or ‘Big Tree Country’, as it’s often known, offers the perfect opportunity to get some amazing shots of these towering feats of nature. For history buffs, Dunkeld is a lovely little village featuring the majestic Dunkeld Cathedral which stands today as part ruin, part parish church.  It’s home to the tomb of the notorious Wolf of Badenoch, Alexander Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan. He became known for abusing his power and maintaining a rule of terror across much of the Highlands by imprisoning and murdering those who offended him. 

 

Kielder Observatory, Northumberland 

If you love night time photography and all things celestial, Northumberland?International Dark Sky Park is?580 square miles of dark sky zone and is the largest area of protected night sky in Europe. Within this astronomical oasis is the magnificent Kielder Observatory, a public?star-gazing facility like no other in the UK which offers a truly magical and unique experience. 

 

Best UK Couples Holiday Destinations

 

Discover new ways to love

seating forest

With today’s world becoming more and more digital, sometimes the things that matter most can get lost. The UK has extraordinary scenery throughout Scotland and England, from the stunning coastline, to forests embedded within the countryside. These destinations are perfect for couples looking to get away from the stresses of everyday life, and for a new way to discover romance.

How accommodation type makes an experience

glamping pod glamping pod

It’s no secret that stunning and well-presented accommodation can make or break a holiday, and our different accommodation types give you something more to experience. Glamping pods are hugely popular with young couples wanting to get away for a weekend, and come with everything needed to make the experience one to remember. Queensberry Bay Leisure Park offers a range of accommodation including glamping pods overlooking the bay. The pods are seamlessly designed with style in mind, creating the perfect romantic break.

 

Nothing says ‘relax’ more than sipping down a glass of prosecco with your loved one in a hot tub. Erigmore Leisure Park is situated in the gorgeous Perthshire countryside, with many relaxing walks on your doorstep, like the Birnam Riverside Path. After a day out exploring the Perthshire countryside, you can come back and unwind in some of our hot tub accommodation, including spacious lodges and cottages.

 

 

Why a UK holiday is perfect for couples

 

The idea of a staycation is increasingly becoming the norm with couples around the UK. It allows for easier travel, affordable luxury options and more. Whether you’re looking to rekindle your relationship, escape the working week or just simply spend time as a couple to create memories that will last forever, a UK holiday has never been more perfect.

 

If you want to get away and check availability you can through this link: https://www.verdantleisure.co.uk/holidays/

Best places in Northern England to visit

Northern England is full of beautiful and fun filled places to visit. Our north east parks offer a fantastic mix of countryside to explore and coastal towns to discover nearby.

Not only do we think Bamburgh is one of the best places in Northern England to visit, but it was also voted the best seaside destination in the UK in 2021. Perfect for a day out when holidaying at our Riverside Leisure Park. Just under half an hour’s drive from the park, you can explore the famous castle, beach and walking trails along the coastline.

Alnwick is another town within easy reach of Riverside that’s well worth a visit. Alnwick castle is famed for being a filming location for some of the Harry Potter films, and a tour of the beautiful grounds makes for a great day out for film and history fans alike.

 

Alnwick Castle

Whilst in the area, Alnwick Garden is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. There are beautiful gardens to explore, including a Fairy Tale Garden which kids will love. Enjoy a meal in the Treehouse Restaurant, a magical setting for a bite to eat, nestled in the treetops.

Beamish Museum is another fantastic day out in the north east within driving distance of Heather View. Step back in time and explore this world famous open air museum which tells the story of life in the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.

Durham is just over half an hour’s drive from Heather View, and is a great day out for shopping, exploring Durham Cathedral and grabbing a bite to eat. It’s right on the river so it’s a really scenic and picturesque city to take in.

 

For something a bit different on your holiday at Riverside, why not take a boat trip from the cute market town of Seahouses where you can spot an array of seabirds and seals. Seahouses itself offers gift shops and some fantastic seafood to sample!

The Bowes Museum is not far from Heather View and the town of Barnard Castle. There’s plenty of renowned art to admire, as well as a café and play area so the whole family can enjoy a day out. If you’ve time, pop to Barnard Castle after your visit and take in the castle around which the town grew.

Your guide to a UK staycation

 

UK staycations are very much on the cards for 2021, and where better to holiday in the UK than a Verdant Leisure park. With a host of holiday parks all around Scotland and northern England, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a guide to a UK staycation this year.

 

Pick the right UK staycation destination

 

There are so many beautiful locations to visit in the UK, some will even make you feel like you’re abroad. If you’re after that European beach holiday feeling, a coastal holiday is the one for you. Or if you’re after a cosy, woodland escape, you’re best picking one of our countryside locations.

 

Pease Bay Leisure Park, and Queensberry Bay Leisure Park are both located right on the beach, so if you’re after a beach holiday then these are the parks for you. Coldingham Bay and Scoutscroft Leisure Parks are also just a short walk to the beach, so we’ve plenty of options for fun filled days building sandcastles and eating ice creams!

 

Pease Bay beach
Pease Bay beach

 

Our Erigmore Leisure Park in Perthshire, Scotland, is the perfect countryside getaway, with a host of different accommodation including luxury hot tub lodges and cottages.

 

We also have Thurston Manor and Riverside Leisure Park, both nestled in the countryside but also just a short drive to the coast, so you can really have the best of both worlds.

 

What is there to do on your UK staycation?

 

Do your research into what there is to do nearby on your UK staycation. Each park on our website has a section filled with plenty of activities, whether you’re going with children or it’s a couple’s trip, we’ve got you covered with an array of ideas. We’ve also got plenty of blogs to read up on local activities and sights to see.

 

If you’re a history buff or major Harry Potter fan, visit Riverside to see one of the original filming locations of Hogwarts, Alnwick Castle. All of our parks are located near so many amazing locations with a world of history, museums, castles and beautiful scenery.

 

Alnwick Castle

 

 

Pick the right accommodation

 

There are a few factors to consider when picking your accommodation:

 

  • How many are going?
  • What is your budget?
  • What kind of holiday are you wanting?

 

All of our caravans sleep 4 people, and we also have a range that sleep up to 6 people at all of our parks. Some parks also have accommodation to suit just 2 people, such as the glamping pods at Queensberry Bay.

 

Glamping pod
Queensberry Bay Glamping Pod

 

However, if there’s more than 6 of you, our Erigmore Leisure Park has accommodation that can sleep up to 9 in a modern apartment.

 

If you’re after a fun filled holiday where you’ll be exploring most of the time, then our superior and deluxe caravans are perfect for you. However, if you’re thinking of spending a lot of time in the accommodation making the most of the amenities, it would be worth looking at platinum caravans or a lodge*.

 

If you’re after maximum luxury and to relax, deep in the countryside, far away enough to be a cosy retreat, but close enough to explore the local town, then you need to look at Erigmore Leisure Park. Offering cosy cottages with hot tubs, modern and stylish apartments or boutique spa lodges with your own hot tub, this is the perfect accommodation for optimum luxury.

 

Boutique 2 Bed Spa Lodge
Hot tub lodge at Erigmore

Our holiday park Viewfield Manor acts as a great base from which to enjoy countryside holidays, but you can also take in sights of the coast with sandy beaches close by. There’s no better way to spend your holiday than on the golden beaches of Scotland, whether you’re going for a fun-filled family visit with a game of football or to build sandcastles, or whether you’re looking to simply enjoy the sounds of the sea and stroll the dunes, there’s a beach for everyone to enjoy. We’ve listed below the best beaches in south Scotland to visit.

Troon Beach

Troon beach is just a 20-minute drive from Viewfield Manor, and is a great location for families seeking to feel the sand between their toes! For active kids, there’s a play park to enjoy and a volleyball court. If paddling is more your thing, the clear waters are perfect for a splash in the waves. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s also a restaurant close by.

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Irvine Beach

Adjoining Troon is Irvine beach, another beautiful location, perfect for families and couples alike. During your visit to Irvine beach, why not take the Irvine Beach trail and enjoy a long stroll? On busy days, there’s often a café kiosk open to stop by for a hot brew or a cold drink to cool the kids down after an afternoon of running on the sand.

Enjoy a long walk on Irvine Beach with your pooch on a pet friendly break at Viewfield Manor

Saltcoats

Also, just a short drive from the park is Saltcoats, which stretches for miles and is perfect for those seeking a long stroll across the sandy shoreline. This beach is a little quieter than the more family orientated beaches, so is great for a peaceful visit to enjoy the waves crashing on the sand.

Saltcoast lido Raibeart MacAoidh
Image credit to Raibeart MacAoidh

Ayr beach

Considered one of the best beaches in south Scotland, Ayr beach is a must visit for those looking for family fun. The sandy beach is perfect for children to play on, making sandcastles and enjoying picnics. Close by you’ll also find a crazy golf course and a play area, so the little one’s can run off some steam. For those travelling alone or without children, the beach is also excellent for walking and cycling. The dedicated Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 is the perfect cycle route to take in the views of Ailsa Craig.

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Stevenston Beach

For those wishing to spot the wonders of the local wildlife, Stevenston Beach is the perfect location. The Nature Reserve has many dunes which are home to a diverse range of wildlife, perfect for insect and bird spotting. There’s also a beautiful range of wild flowers in the Summer, perfect for the keen photographer.

If you are looking for a beach near Glasgow, these are definitely worth a stop by. Especially when you consider how close they are to our park. Visit once or twice on holiday, or buy your own holiday home to visit frequently! We have holiday homes to meet every need. Sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with our latest offers.

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