Cathkin Braes Country Park

[View over Glasgow from Cathkin Braes with the Campsie Fells beyond]

Cathkin Braes is found on high ground to the south of Glasgow. Formerly frequented by groups as diverse as Celtic tribes, Mary, Queen of Scots and wealthy estate owners, it now forms a scenic country park. The braes rise to 192 metres above sea level at Queen Mary's Seat, making it the highest hill officially within Glasgow City's boundaries. Unsurprisingly then, for superb views over Greater Glasgow it probably has no equal, though the Car park in the sky on Gleniffer Braes comes close. We were lucky (on Friday 13th!) to see it all under a fresh dusting of powdery snow on our January visit. A good path network, which seems to get muddier the further west you go, intertwines with a number of new mountain bike trails built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games; the latter seemed popular even in the icy conditions.

[Several short but excellent mountain bike trails wind through the forest]

Name: Cathkin Braes Country Park ★★☆☆
Location (summit): Off B759 between Carmunnock & A749 junction, G.R.: NS 616586 ///rails.moth.bless
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Information leaflet and map here. Various car parks and laybys along the B759 - the closest to the best viewpoint (near the summit) is at G.R.: NS 619585.

[Cathkin Braes]

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