BRILLIANT weather like we’ve been getting is - as our readers know - all too rare. But with forecasters saying it could be set to last well into August, pack up the kids or drive off for a romantic trip for two to one of these hidden gem beaches close to Glasgow:

Boden Boo, Erskine
23-minute drive from Glasgow City Centre

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This woodland is tucked beneath the Erskine Bridge and has amazing views of the River Clyde as well as its own beach. Stroll among the trees or pack up a picnic, sit back and enjoy the views from the grassy slopes or riverside beach.

James Hamilton Heritage Park, East Kilbride
25-minute drive from Glasgow City Centre

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Not a beach, but still a pretty awesome way to spend a great day out in the warm weather, this four-star Visit Scotland-accredited activity centre’s vast park features a 16-acre loch which provides beautiful and tranquil surroundings for an exciting range of water sports, from canoeing to windsurfing.

Pencil Beach, Largs
49-minute drive from Glasgow City Centre

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This small, shallow bay is only around 300 metres in length and is a mix of sand, grass and pebble, interspersed with rocky outcrops. The bay slopes gently into the sea and has great views over the Firth of Clyde. On super-clear days, see the see the perfect views of Little Cumbrae and Great Cumbrae islands.

Lunderston Bay, Gourock
50-minute drive from Glasgow City Centre

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Part of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Lunderston Bay is on the east coast of the Firth of Clyde and provides a popular beach and picnic area. The area is great for a picnic, making sand castles on the beach, enjoying the sea air, coastal views and walks.

If you want to get away from Glasgow and are up for travelling a bit further, head for:

Seacliff, North Berwick
90-minute drive from Glasgow City Centre

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Avoid the crowds and head to this private beach. Largely unspoilt, it attracts surfers, dog-walkers and summer picnickers all year round. Discover a tiny sandstone harbour thought to be the smallest in the UK, and enjoy splendid views of Bass Rock and the ruins of Tantallon Castle.