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Coming out of Lockdown

Published: Friday, 19 June 2020

Coming out of Lockdown

Coming out of Lockdown

When the Covid-19 lockdown commenced in March 2020 all of our facilities had to be closed to the public. However, we have been providing a timetable of online activities via our facebook pages to help South Lanarkshire residents keep active and healthy. In addition we have been providing discounted access to Les Mills on Demand exercise classes.

As we follow the Scottish Government routemap and guidelines during easing of Covid-19 restrictions we will make other activities available.

Services Restart

We can now offer access to the following sites and activities:

Country parks / parks



We would ask customers to read and follow applicable guidelines for each service to help to prevent virus transmission.

General Manager of SLLC, David Booth, said: “The easing of some of the restrictions we are currently facing is of course welcome news as we begin on the journey out of lockdown.

“However, please bear in mind you should only be travelling up to five miles by car to access our facilities and to think twice about driving to the most popular destinations given the limited parking available.

“Also, remember our indoor facilities, cafes, toilets and playparks will not be open and available to use. 

“Please also still practise safe physical distancing and wash your hands before and after any journeys to our facilities.”

Other services which the council and SLLC provide are also likely to come back into use as the phases of the end of lockdown continue. The council will continue to announce these changes through our range of media channels.

Country parks / parks

Vehicles are able to access car parks at country parks and similar destinations including Chatelherault, Calderglen, James Hamilton Heritage Park, Lanark Loch and Strathaven Park.

Please note there will be restrictions on the numbers of spaces available and if car parks get too full to maintain physical distancing cars will be turned away. We are liaising with the police to help manage the expected surge in attendance at these venues.

The cafés at Lanark Loch and Strathaven Park and the Oaks Café at Chatelherault are now open for takeaway service only. Please note there will be no access to toilets or seating. Customers visiting the cafés will be asked to respect physical distancing measures.

We look forward to announcing further café facilities re-opening in the coming weeks.


The following golf courses are open: BiggarHollandbushLanglandsTorrance House (all 18 holes), and the 9 hole golf courses at Larkhall and Strathclyde Park.

During Covid-19 restrictions there are some alterations to how we operate which will affect golfers, staff and golf clubs. It is really important that golfers wishing to join or play at our courses read through the guidance document we have produced. It follows government rules and governing body recommendations. Everything is included in the guidance from purchasing a season ticket, booking a tee time, how we operate at the starters offices, and on course rules and regulations. The guidance will change in line with government and governing body easing of restrictions.

Golfers also must read and follow the Golf during Covid procedure for golfers.

Please check the updated price list.

There are no turn up and play options available whilst social restrictions are in place.

Golfers can pre-book tee times via online booking or by calling the starters office in advance.  Please visit our memberships website to renew or purchase your season ticket for the first time. We encourage you to use online facilities to book a round or take out membership as it is quicker and easier for you. It also greatly assists in us maintaining social distancing at the starters offices.

For more information please call the South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Golf section on 01355 233451.


Tennis courts are available to book online.  At this time they are available only at Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds. Please note all bookings are chargeable due to memberships being suspended during Covid-19 restrictions.

Players will be asked to follow Tennis Scotland’s guidelines and as such games will last for 50 minutes and there will be no access to the main building or tennis equipment.

Please note that in this phase it remains the case that people should stay within their local area when they go outside for exercise or other activities. As a guide, rather than a fixed limit, current guidance is that your local area is within 5 miles from your home.

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