Greenbank House & Garden
Just where Glasgow's southern suburbs end and rolling countryside begin, this beautiful walled garden has tranquillity combined with an accessible location that the 18th century tobacco-merchant owner must have loved. Summer is the best time to visit, with sunshine enhancing a kaleidoscopic array of flowering plants, but the various seasonal gardens provide interest year-round. Extensive and full of unexpected, hidden-away corners, the grounds are the main attraction. However, on summer Sundays you can look inside the house too, which is smaller than first appearances suggest - watch out for the fake, 2-D wings complete with painted-on windows.
Name: Greenbank House and Garden ★★★☆☆
Location: West side of Clarkston, G.R.: NS 562566 ///appeal.photo.grabs
Open (2018): Gardens: daily, March to September; weekends, October to February, but best in summer. Maintenance work is currently restricting access - see official website. House: no info at time of update. 2017 times were: Sunday afternoons, April to October 1st
Cost (2018): £6.50 (adults), £5 (concession), free for National Trust for Scotland members
Public transport: Train (Clarkston; Whitecraigs, Williamwood), all 1.4 km; bus, 500 metres