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Sports and Recreational Activities
Glasgow is the ideal location for family breaks, offering a host of activities for all ages. If its not available within the city centre or on the outskirts, don't worry, you won't have far to travel. Glasgow lies within an hour's commute of almost anything that a family might look for on their weekend break or holiday.
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For the fitness fanatic, Glasgow offers a host of gymnasiums, both private, either as part of a wider complex or standalone, or as part of local authority owned establishments such as swimming pools and sports centres. Both of these are in plentiful supply throughout Glasgow if swimming or other form of indoor sport is your chosen leisure pursuit.

Other indoor activities available throughout the city include ten pin bowling, with bowling allies in Finnieston, close to the city centre, Clydebank (north-west of the city centre), Kirkintilloch (north-east), Bargeddie (east), East Kilbride (south) and Xscape Braehead near Renfrew (west). Xscape is the ultimate in family entertainment, combining "real" snow slopes with other family attractions and extreme activities. Skating is also widely available, whether ice skating, roller-skating or skate-boarding. Ice skating rinks are available in Paisley, East Kilbride, Hamilton and the aforementioned Braehead, a massive shopping and entertainment complex on the banks of the River Clyde.

Outdoor pursuits are equally well-catered for as the city boasts a network of cycle paths extending beyond the city limits. In addition, there are more than 70 parks throughout the city, many of which are part of or incorporate cycle routes, and many other activities such as sports centres, galleries and museums. Of course, they also offer much for the walker, jogger and nature lover. If high speeds are your thing why not try go-karting in Clydebank or Cambuslang (south-east).

On the outskirts of Glasgow are several country parks such as Strathclyde Park near Motherwell, Palacerigg Park (Cumbernauld) and Mugdock Park beyond Milngavie, to the north west of the city. Each is entirely different and, as well as superb walks and nature trails, offers a range of activities such as fishing, sailing, horse-riding, archery and children's play areas, among many other activities. Strathclyde Park also boasts M & D's, Scotland's biggest theme park, which offers a variety of fun rides and eateries.

Why not make your family break to Glasgow complete by exploring the plethora of sports and recreational activities available throughout, and within easy reach of, the city. For entertainment, excitement and sheer value for money, Glasgow is a hard act to beat.

Some sports and recreational venues in and around Glasgow are:

AMF Bowl

Elliot Street, Glasgow
Tel: 0141 248 4478
Braehead Leisure

Skating, Tel: 0141 885 4611
Esporta Health & Fitness Hamilton Hamilton, Tel: +44 (0)1698 206600
Milngavie, Tel: +44 (0)141 955 2400
Hollywood Bowl

Showcase Leisure Park,
Barrbridge Road, Bargeddie
Tel: +44 (0)1236 425222
Lagoon Leisure Centre

11 Christie Street, Paisley
Tel: +44 (0)141 889 4000
Mugdock Country
Craigallian Road, Nr. Milngavie
Tel: +44 (0)141 956 6100

Cambuslang, Tel: +44 (0141) 641 0222
Clydebank, Tel: +44 (0141) 951 8900
Strathclyde Country Park 366 Hamilton Road, Motherwell
Tel: +44 (0)1698 266155
The Glasgow Club

(20 health & fitness clubs)
Tel: 0800 027 0470
Xscape Braehead

Kings Inch Road, Braehead, Renfrew
Tel: 0871 200 3222


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