Outdoor Activities



Parks and Gardens

Chatelherault Park

Chatelherault Country Park is a Five Star Visitor Attraction that was once described as a 'Jewel in the Landscape'. Built in 1732 as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House for the Dukes of Hamilton.

The restored buildings now house a Visitor Centre; the West Lodge comprising of the Banqueting Hall and Duke and Duchess Apartments; Exhibition Gallery and Displays; Gift Shop and Café. Outside, visitors can explore 10 miles of walks along the scenic River Avon and through ancient woodland.

 

Amazonia

Scotland’s largest indoor rainforest attraction offering a fun and educational experience for all ages. An insight into life in a tropical forest where visitors are also given the opportunity to take part in daily animal handling. (Motherwell)

 

Falls of Clyde

This reserve is famous for its spectacular waterfalls and scenic woodland walks. Over 100 bird species have been recorded including peregrines and kingfishers. Daubenton's bats can be spotted in the evenings. Badgers forage amongst the undergrowth and otters are often seen along the riverbank.

The reserve has a network of paths, including the top section of the Clyde Walkway.

The Falls of Clyde is part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve.

 

GLASGOW BOTANICAL GARDENS

Glasgow Botanic Gardens are located in the West End of Glasgow. It features several glasshouses, the most notable of which is the Kibble Palace. The gardens were created in 1817, and run by the Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow, and were intended to supply the University of Glasgow.

William Hooker was Regius Professor of Botany at Glasgow University, and contributed to the development of the Botanic Gardens before his appointment to the directorship of Kew Gardens in London.

The gardens were originally used for concerts and other events, and in 1891 the gardens were incorporated into the Parks and Gardens of the City of Glasgow.

 

Strathclyde Country Park

Strathclyde Park covers some 1000 acres, centred on the artificial Strathclyde Loch. It is located next to the River Clyde between Hamilton and Motherwell. Strathclyde Park forms what used to be known as the Low parks of the now demolished Hamilton Palace and still includes buildings associated with the palace.

The park offers many amenities and attractions such as coarse angling, woodland walks, watersports, and a camping and caravanning site. One of Scotland's theme parks, M&D's, is located in the park.

The remains of Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort and a Roman bath house can be seen in the park, where the South Calder Water flows into the loch. There is an arched Roman bridge across the South Calder nearby. The site of the Battle of Bothwell Bridge (1679) is to the north west of the park.

There is an arched Roman bridge across the South Calder nearby. The site of the Battle of Bothwell Bridge (1679) is to the north west of the park.

Although the focus of the park is on recreation, a variety of habitats are present, including wetlands and native woodland.

Shooting

CENTRAL SCOTLAND SHOOTING SCHOOL

Central Scotland Shooting School is a purpose-built facility, catering for clay target enthusiasts of all abilities. A modern clubhouse complements the superb facilities which offer some of the best shooting backdrops available. Four skeet ranges are presently on site. Two are in full time use and are configured for English Skeet. One range is currently set aside for compact sporting. The final range which can be configured for Olympic skeet doubles up as a down-the-line range.

The sporting layout represents an excellent mix of targets to suit all abilities. Bolting rabbit, springing teal, settling pigeon and a driven bird can be combined with a series of crossing targets including the conventional skeet targets albeit at Olympic speed.

Find out more here

Fishing

Fishing on the Estate

We have our own section of the River Calder, this has Brown Trout passing through and is a pleasant way for our guests to cast a few lines or maybe try fishing for the first time.

We hold a small selection of rods at the hotel and our guests are welcome to pick these up at any time and wander over to the loch for a cast.

Fishing is permitted up to the bridge where Stoneymeadow Road crosses the river to behind the Castle which is indicated on the map below.

Fishing Map

Fishing off the Estate

Crossbasket is lucky enough to be surrounded by some great locations to fish for salmon, trout and pike.

Trout Fishing

Fly fishing for Trout & Grayling on the River Tweed or Annan

Season: Grayling: December–March Trout: April 1st - 30th September

  • 1 Rod - £299
  • 2 Rods - £349
  • 3 Rods - £399

Salmon Fishing on the River Tweed

Season: April/May & late September, October & November

  • 1 Rod - £399
  • 2 Rods - £575
  • 3 Rods £749

Salmon fishing on the River Teith - fly only

Season: April/May September/October

  • 1 Rod - £399
  • 2 Rods - £575
  • 3 Rods £749

Pike fishing on a scenic private loch from a boat and bank. Spin, fly & bait fishing

Season: All year

Boat rods:

  • 1 Rod - £325
  • 2 Rods - £375

Bank rods:

  • 1 Rod - £299
  • 2 Rods - £359
  • 3 Rods - £420

This price includes; Pick up, permits, guide, qualified tuition (if required), tackle hire, breathable wader hire and photography from your day to keep as a souvenir. All within 1 hour 30 mins drive maximum. Pick up would be 7am/7:30am and drop offs 4pm/4:30pm.


Golf

The following list provides details of the golf courses within a two-hour drive of Crossbasket. We suggest when booking a round of golf that you check their requirements, green fees and availability as this can vary considerably.

Cathkin Braes Golf Club - 18 Hole, Par 71, 6209 Yards

Cathkin Braes Golf Club founded in 1888 is the oldest Golf Club in the Glasgow area still to be playing on the same site with the course situated just east of the conservation village of Carmunnock. James Braid was commissioned by the club to help develop the course as it increased in size and popularity.

In recent years with a growing reputation as one of the best inland courses in the West of Scotland golfing success has come to the club as the Cathkin Braes Brand Putter Team have won their competition against all the Golf Clubs in the South of Glasgow for the third year in a row. Scott Jamieson who currently plays on the European Tour honed his skills as a Junior member of Cathkin Braes and is now an Honorary member.

Website: www.cathkinbraesgolfclub.co.uk
Phone: 0141 634 0650

 

East Kilbride – 18 hole, Par 70, 6220 yards

East Kilbride Golf Club is a mature, challenging parkland golf course on the edge of East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland and is the only private golf club in the fast-expanding Lanarkshire town.

A strong, active membership and visiting parties from all over the UK, enjoy the challenge of the mature, tree-lined, parkland course designed by Fred Hawtree and offering a variety of tough and diverse holes.

They have been in our present Nerston location since the late 1960s and what was a young, immature course has now blossomed into a true and enjoyable test of golf.

Website: www.ekgolfclub.com
Phone: 01355 581800

 

Kirkhill – 18 hole, Par 70, 5780 yards

Kirkhill Golf Club was founded in 1910 from some former members of Cambuslang Golf Club. The Club house was built as a dwelling house, just in case the new venture did not work out. The founders certainly had some vision, energy and only four years after the founding of the club they arranged an exhibition golf match which was held in June 1914. The legendary golfer Harry Vardon, 6 times Open champion played with George Duncan who also won the Open in 1920.

At the time of the match, June 1914, Harry Vardon had already won the British Open five times. He went on to win his 6th Open at Prestwick in July of that year. Vardon won the British Open a record six times (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914), and was runner-up four times. He also won the U.S. Open in 1900. Harry Vardon quote: "Don't play too much golf. Two rounds a day is plenty."

Website: www.kirkhillgolfclub.org.uk
Phone: 0141 641 8499

 

Langlands – 18 hole, Par 70, 5957 yards

Langlands golf club is a private membership club attached to Langlands golf course. The golf course is operated by south Lanarkshire council.

Joining the golf club does not give free access to the golf course - our members have to pay green fees to SLC for play on the golf course. Details of current green fees can be found on the south Lanarkshire council golf section website - you can go there by clicking here.

Although we are a private club, we do have certain privileges on the course e.g. the club has block booking times from 7am until 2pm every second Saturday to run our medal competitions.

The club also has 3 days each year when we have sole access to the course to run our open competitions. Every Saturdays from march - October we have a competition for gents, ladies and juniors. We have the tee reserved every other Saturday, with members requiring to book their own tee times out with these dates.

There is also a ladies 9-hole competition every second Wednesday running from May - September.

Website: www.langlandsgolfclub.co.uk
Phone: 01355 248 173

 

Strathaven Golf Club – 18 hole, Par 71, 6107 yards

Proud of its course design that has been developed over the past century. A gently undulating and beautiful tree-lined course with USGA standard greens, the layout is enjoyable and challenging for all levels of ability.

Having hosted both professional and international amateur events Strathaven Gold course is proud of what they have achieved and would like to share the playing experience with you.

With packages ranging from an individual booking to a corporate golf day they aim to make your time with them as memorable as possible.

Website: www.strathavengc.com
Phone: 01357 520 421

 

Stirling – 18 hole, Par 71, 5464 yards

Stirling Golf Club is one of the most picturesque courses in Scotland, with inspiring backdrops of the Old Town of Stirling, built on ancient volcanic slopes, crowned by the historic Castle rising above spectacular crags and there are stunning views in all directions across Central Scotland, the Ochil and Lomond Hills to the east, and the Carse of Stirling, the Trossachs and the Southern Highlands beyond.

Website: www.stirlinggolfclub.com
Phone: 01786 464 098

 

Gleneagles – 3 x 18 hole

A winning blend of natural beauty and golfing adventure, the three championship golf courses at Gleneagles are regarded among the very best golf courses in the world:

PGA Centenary Course Created by Jack Nicklaus, the PGA Centenary Course is the Host Venue for The 2014 Ryder Cup, where the cream of European and American golf will battle it out on Scottish soil for the first time in more than 40 years.

The King's Course Opened in 1919, the masterful King's has tested the powers of golfing aristocracy for almost a hundred years.

The Queen's Course. The natural beauty of the Queen's is an inspirational battle of wits for anyone in love with the great game.

Website: www.gleneagles.com/golf
Phone: 0800 389 3737