A little known beach lying directly underneath one of Scotland’s busiest bridges has been named one of the top places in the UK to have a picnic.
Boden Boo, a small strip of grass and beach lying underneath the Erskine Bridge, has been plucked from obscurity as one of the most stunning places to take out a picnic basket.
Thousands of families use the bridge every day during the summer to get to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs or south to Ayrshire’s beaches.
Boden Boo is described by the Forestry Commission Scotland as a “small woodland that feels big”.
It features on a list that includes the Avebury stone circles in Wiltshire, a Japanese garden in Holland Park in London’s Kensington and beaches in Dorset and South Wales, as one of the top 20 places for to eat al-fresco with the family.
Despite its grassy slopes, riverside beach and views over the River Clyde towards the craggy ridge of the Kilpatrick Braes, Boden Boo rarely features on any tourist maps.
To get there, visitors have to search for a small road just off the A726 north of Erskine, which is signposted ‘Crisis Counselling Centre’.
At one point, however, the road to Boden Boo teemed with cars heading for the now defunct Erskine Ferry, which connected Erskine with Old Kirkpatrick.
The ferry closed in 1971 with the opening of the Erskine Bridge.
Boden Boo ranks at 18th in the top 20 of picnic destinations.
The only other Scottish place to feature on the list, compiled by entertainment service DisneyLife, is Galloway Forest Park in Dumfries and Galloway, in 20th position.
It is best known as the UK’s first Dark Sky Park and Britain’s largest forest park.