From vast and gorgeous country parks to little hidden gems dotted around the city, Glasgow is home to over 90 parks and there’s something for everyone which is rather handy at a time where the simple things in life could not be more important. I thought I’d share the outdoor spaces we love most, the best family parks in and around Glasgow.
Pollock Country Park
Pollock Country Park is Glasgows largest country park covering 172 hectare. It’s the perfect place to wander for hours taking in the wildlife and seeing the stunning surroundings. For kids the playground is located near the Burrell collection (currently undergoing renovation) however my little ones prefer to skip the playground and get straight to exploring the grounds. There’s so much to see in the huge grounds or if you venture a little further – cross the river and go on an off track woodland walk, it won’t disappoint. Pollock Park is definitely a top pick in our home. Top Tip: Take a picnic, when open the cafe is often over crowded. In summer this place blooms but the real treat is visiting in autumn, it is truly beautiful.
Rouken Glen has it all. The playground is fantastic for kids of all ages – it’s the best playground in Glasgow! Complete with a cool stake park and tennis courts, not to mention the extensive list of activities available throughout the year, (pre Covid-19 and hopefully afterwards)! The Bouthouse cafe is a great place to enjoy lunch overlooking to pond. If you ask me, Rouken Glen is the liveliest park in Glasgow, there’s always something going on and it always makes for a great day out with the kids. The park is situated a 5 minute drive from Giffnock which is also home to some fab cafe’s, perfect if like my kids the picnic is scoffed half an hour into the trip.
Okay okay… Loch Lomond isn’t in Glasgow however it’s also not that far from Glasgow – it takes around 40 minutes from the city centre to reach the bonnie banks – a trip well worth making if your after a great family day out at minimum cost. There’s so much to see without spending a penny – picnic in tow – Loch Lomond offers an entire day of exploring, I’ve visited a gazillion times yet I’m still blown away by her beauty and mystery. Venture into Luss (the prettiest village in Scotland) and takes the kids on the Faerie Trail, it’s adorable and great fun for kids of all ages. Arrive early morning to make the most of the fewer crowds and be sure to have a nosey in some of the wee gift shops, you’ll be surprised at the unique gifts and trinkets on offer. Too tip: Midge spray is a must.
Chatelherault Country Park
Chatelherault Country Park is another awesome day out with the kids. The park has it’s own app where you can track and learn heritage content whilst exploring the grounds, pretty cool for older kids! It also offers an adventure play ground, plenty of picnic facilities and a small but brilliant museum. Views here are beautiful and the cafe is great for grabbing lunch after a long walk though the woodland, another superb day out.
Calderglen Country Park
Calderglen Country Park in East Kilbride is a great day for the kids. It boasts over eight miles of nature trails, perfect for little nature lovers to enjoy a walk through the woods or along the banks of the River Calder. It has a small zoo and visitor centre where little ones can get up close to Meerkats, Owls, Rabbits and Guinea pigs. I’m not overly keen on the playground at Calderglen – purely personal preference, the layout isn’t great for the ages of my kids (1 and 3 years) that said for school kids it’s a fab park!
Glasgow has greenery and woodland adventures galore, the above being just a handful of the best. You may not be able to rely on the great Scottish weather seeing you through but you are guaranteed a great fun filled family day out without breaking the bank – basically without spending a penny! Pack a picnic, change of clothes, wellies and go exploring. Have a fantastic time and if there’s anywhere nearby that you think should make the list – do let me know, we love exploring new grounds. Have fun!
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