Finlaystone Country Estate in Renfrewshire, overlooking the river Clyde, offers a great family day out with imaginative play areas, picnic areas & bbq sites, colourful gardens, tumbling waterfalls, events and activities, a tea room, gift shop and visitor centre.
Finlaystone House has been the home to five families throughout itís eight hundred year history. The house has also hosted some of Scotlandís most famous historical figures in the past, most notably John Knox in 1556 and Robert Burns in 1768. The house was extended by the noted architect Sir John James Burnet in 1900.
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Whether your visit is for a breath of fresh air, a place for the kids to let off some steam, a venue for a family picnic, barbecue or birthday party, or just to take the dog for a walk, you'll find the space you need here.
One of the best attractions for children is the extensive play area which has been largely built from local materials. There is a boat, a huge tram and hummer, a pirate ship and many more fun places to play! There are a number of BBQ sites and shelters near the play area which visitors are welcome to use.
Throughout the year, the Rangers organise a variety of interesting and informative events for visitors, as well as supplying a wide range of topics for groups, school and nursery visits. View the events calendar here.
Finlaystone Country Estate Ranger-Led Activities
The highly motivated and enthusiastic Rangers are keen to make your visit an enjoyable experience. It is their aim to promote an understanding and appreciation of the natural environment providing advice and information when needed.
There are approximately 140 acres of woodlands at Finlaystone, host to a wide variety of wildlife including roe deer, fox, grey squirrel, stoat, three species of buzzards and a large colony of herons.
The Estate has several trails of varying degrees of length and difficulty. Some are accessible with a pram or small children. All are designed to lead you through the varied environment and landscape in the Estate. Maps and further information are available in the visitor centre.
The Garden Cafť is located in the beautiful surroundings of the walled garden. They offer a selection of drinks including freshly ground coffee, hot & cold snacks, homemade soup, a range of freshly made healthy meals and sandwiches as well as a selection of wonderful home baking and delicious Mackies ice cream.
Dogs are very welcome and they have a special membership for grandparents and grandchildren.
If your kids love dinosaurs, they'll love this Jurassic Experience featuring dinosaur arts and crafts, Barnie the T-Rex (a 'real' dinosaur standing 8 foot high and 12 foot in length), roaring competitions, feeding time and dinosaur games.