Days out in East Kilbride

We've got loads of things to do at EK, with all the shopping, dining and leisure we've got on offer. But there's also plenty to do in East Kilbride itself, which makes for a great family day out. We've highlighted below some of our nearby favourites, and you'll find plenty of other 4 and 5 star visitor attractions at visitscotland.com.

Looking for somewhere to stay? 

Holiday Inn East Kilbride is about 1 mile from EK. See the website here or call the hotel on 01355 236300.

Macdonald Crutherland Hotel is set in 37 acres of tranquil gardens and is 1.5 miles away from EK. See the website here, or call 01355 577000.

Premier Inn Glasgow East Kilbride is within walking distance of East Kilbride train station, and less than 1 mile from EK. See the website here.

Dollan Aqua Centre

The Dollan Aqua Centre is a popular leisure facility with swimming and gym facilities, run by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) .

Facilities include the only 50m swimming pool in the local area, including swimming lessons for a range of ages and abilities, and an extensive health suite with a sauna, steam room, sanarium, spa pool and relaxation area.

There are even childcare facilities if you fancy a swim without the kids, and a cafe with wifi.

Calderglen Country Park

Calderglen Country Park is a four-star attraction with a zoo and tropical conservatory, ornamental gardens, nature trails, walks and play areas - as well as an 18 hole golf course.

The park extends along a scenic wooded glen forged out by the Rotten Calder River, a tributary of the River Clyde, which has some attractive waterfalls and interesting geological features.

Have a look at their website to see what activities and events are on throughout the year.

James Hamilton Heritage Park

Enjoy the great outdoors at James Hamilton Heritage Park, which is a 4-star VisitScotland accredited activity centre in beautiful and tranquil surroundings.

The park has a 16-acre loch which is used for an exciting range of water sports, from canoeing to windsurfing. Taster sessions are available so that you can try out various water sports, and there are both junior and adult courses if you'd like to progress.

But if water sports aren't quite your thing, there are plenty of other activities on offer including two adventure playgrounds, a fleet of fun boats and some excellent bird watching opportunities at the bird sanctuary - or maybe just a pleasant stroll round the loch.

See the full list of activities on their website.

National Museum Of Rural Life

Experience life in the countryside at this 5-star museum, farmhouse and historic working farm.

The National Museum Of Rural Life building provides a warm and relaxing atmosphere, but visitors also have the chance to get out into the country air by visiting the working farm. After you've worked up an appetite, the award-winning cafĂ© has panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. 

Visit their website for more details.