Join in and celebrate with Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

Come and join canal side community groups and Scottish Canals as we celebrate the opening of the Claypits Glasgow!

Saturday 31st July 2021, 10am-2pm
Free entry

Enjoy a fun-filled day of healthy, outdoor activities both on and off the water, with fun for everyone. Try your hand at paddle boarding or pond dipping, biking and boating, or just enjoy the live music and spectacular views!

Can you help us?

We will have two information stalls as part of the Claypits Official Opening. We want to speak with everyone who visits, and will be inviting people to join us and get involved. If you have any time to spare between 10am and 2pm and want to help us out on the day, then please email us at to find out more. Even if it is just a short time on the stalls, it all helps!

Everyone on the Hamiltonhill Claypits LNR Management Group is a volunteer and, like you, we just love the Claypits! So come along on Saturday 31st July, bring your family and friends and come say hello to us.

August events

A massive thank you to everyone who has joined us over the last few months on our Litter Picks, Birdwatching walks and Zoom meetings. We are only just getting started, there is a lot of work to be done but with your help we can care for the site into the future.

Litter Pick, Sunday 22nd August, 11am, Ellesmere Street entrance
Birdwatch Walk, Saturday 28th August, 10am, Applecross Basin

Register here for one or both events.

Out and About Meeting is on Tuesday 31st August 7pm, via Zoom
Register here with Eventbrite.
Come along and let us know what you think and hear what is planned for the coming weeks and months and how you can get involved.

Photography Competition

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding we will have a Claypits Youth Artists group providing arts workshops and activities to young people over the coming months. Please email if you are interested in getting involved.

To celebrate the opening of the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve, the Claypits Youth Artists group is holding a photo contest open to all ages.

Head out into the Claypits and let your imagination come to life – be creative, be thoughtful, be silly – we want to see the space from your perspective!

Prizes will be given for:
Most Scenic Photo
Funniest Photo
Selfie Excellence

Photos must be taken from July 30th – August 1st 2021 in the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve. To enter, send your photo along with your name, age, phone number and email to by midnight on August 1st.

Winners will be notified and announced on August 7th.

About Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve is an urban oasis, just a mile from Glasgow city centre. An inner-city parkland, the Claypits is a 6.7 hectare greenspace, home to an array of plants, trees and wildlife including roe deer, peregrine falcons, whitethroat warblers and a host of waterfowl.

Originally the home of a clay quarry used when the Forth and Clyde Canal was first built in the late 1700s, it was also the site of a foundry, glassworks and boat-building yard.

The Claypits are now open providing access to new pathways, boardwalks and a pedestrian bridge which connects the west and east sides of the canal north of Applecross Basin. As well as wildlife, the Claypits also offer spectacular views over the city.