Castle Semple Visitor Centre & Country Park provide a great place to enjoy wonderful water, walks and wildlife all year round in the ancestral homelands of the Clan Semple at the gateway to Scotland’s largest Regional Park.
You can do the Johnshill Loop from the Visitor Centre and go round Parkhill Wood and along the shore of Castle Semple Loch (visit downloads page for a map).
Follow the Semple Trail for a level off road route from the railway station, to the village, the Visitor Centre and along to Parkhill Wood past Castle Semple Collegiate Church and The Temple on Kenmure Hill to the village of Howwood.
Lots of Outdoor Activity days, Courses and group taster sessions are available. The Centre is on Sustrans off road cycle route 7 Glasgow – Irvine. There are a number of watersports and fishing clubs based at the Loch.
The Visitor Centre with café and gift shop is open all year round providing information on what to do and see plus there is an exhibition on the Castle Semple Estate.
Castle Semple Visitor Centre and Country Park is a fantastic venue to visit for a day out, bring your clients and explore!
If you would like to arrange an activity to enhance your visit then see below, we can also arrange longer term programmes covering several weeks.
For enquiries relating to conservation, volunteering, Branching Out mental health programmes, walks and wildlife surveying etc. contact the Ranger Service.
For enquiries relating to all Outdoor Activities including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, powerboating, archery, team games and cycling please contact the outdoor activities team who can tailor your session to yours and your clients’ needs.
Please download the 2015 Price List for general course costings.
You can also arrange your own private groups for a minimum of 6 people, starting from as little as £15 per head for a half day session. Contact the Outdoor Activities Team for more information and to discuss your requirements.
The Ranger Service run public events and also deal with school and group bookings for environmental education. They also deliver Branching Out woodland activity programmes for mental health referrals from charity and NHS groups. Please contact them to discuss and arrange programmes.
Group bookings in all areas can include one off visits or several weeks or month blocks of weekly activity.
The Centre itself is fully accessible, with specialised equipment and experienced staff. In 2012 it became Scotland’s first RYA ‘Sailability’ Centre of Excellence. We also have 2 accessible powerboats, kayaks, canoerafts, accessible handbikes and trikes plus specially designed seating and controls to replicate wheelchair support and make everyone feel safe and secure on the water.
Castle Semple has great accessibility and currently has a 5 star review rating on Euan’s Guide.