Castle Semple Visitor Centre
|Lochlip Road Lochwinnoch
Renfrewshire PA12 4EA
Tel: 01505 842 882
OS Landranger Sheet 63 NS 358 591
The Visitor Centre and 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. Why not visit our Discover Parkhill website?
Lots of outdoor activity courses and group taster sessions are available as well as boat hire and bike hire, the Centre is on Sustrans off road cycle route 7 Glasgow – Irvine. There are a number of water sports and fishing clubs based at the Loch.
The Countryside Rangers provide an environmental education programme can offer advice about local walking routes and wildlife. Look on the events page to see what special events, walks and family friendly activities are coming up.
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.
Row boats and kayaks are available for hire on Castle Semple Loch during the summer season at weekends and on public and school holidays if it is good weather and not too windy.
Contact Andy of North Adventure on 0794 9984 181 for more details.
Permits for coarse (non-migratory) fishing on Castle Semple Loch are available from the Visitor Centre. The loch has perch, pike and roach. Eels can also be caught.
Local clubs St Winnoch Angling Club or Castle Angling Club can give you more information on boats and have the rights for migratory species such as salmon and trout.
Local fisheries include Howwood.