Mugdock Country Park
Mugdock Country Park is a country park and historical site, located next to Milngavie. Mugdock is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions offering a great countryside experience. There are many beautiful walks and trails by lochs, ancient woodlands and protected moorland. Plus it includes a castle! See www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk for more info.
Local hills & trails: Campsies & Kilpatrick Hills
To the north & west of Milngavie there are the Campsie Fells and the Kilpatrick Hills, which includes The Queens View (The Whangie) is a bizarre rock-feature in the Kilpatrick Hills, and has wonderful views towards Loch Lomond, the Highlands and the Campsies. Two popular hills to climb close to Milngavie is Dumgoyne and Earl’s Seat, which are part of the Campsie Fells.
Milngavie resevoirs (water treatment works) is the primary source of the water for the city of Glasgow (and the Greater Glasgow area) in western Scotland. Part of the Victorian Loch Katrine water project, construction was started in 1855 and the works was opened by Queen Victoria in 1859. This is a popular place to go for a walk or a jog. See wikipedia for more info.
The Antonine Wall was built by the Romans thousands of years ago, and close by to Milngavie are remains of the wall. The best examples of stone structures along the entire Antonine Wall can be seen within a modern housing development in Bearsden. The fort which once lay here is now mostly covered over by roads and houses, but you can visit the exposed remains of a Roman bath-house and latrine block within the area of the fort’s annexe. See www.AntonineWall.org for more info.
Old Wives Lift & Cave
The Old Wives Lift is a few miles north of Milngavie and they lie on the bleak and bare Craigmaddie Muir. For many years archaeologists and historians have been very interested in this area, not just because it has several cairns, a number of chambered tombs and that it has the remains of the castle that was the seat of the famous Galbraith family, but because it is home to a very unusual and remarkable feature: The Auld Wives’ Lifts.
This stunning sight is made up of three large boulders, two of which lie side by side and, on top of these, lies an even bigger stone. The sheer size of these rocks (the boulder on top is approximately 18ft long, 11ft wide and 7ft deep) has always impressed its visitors and, in 1793, the historian David Ure wrote that the Lifts “strikes with surprise every beholder”
Lennox Park is a beautiful, green open space close to Milngavie town centre. With the river Allander flowing through it, it includes a childrens play area and football pitch. A popular place for a leisurely stroll.
If you want to feed some ducks or swans then the place to go in Milngavie is Tannoch Loch, which is a well known Milngavie beauty spot and a good place to find ducks and other wild life. The birds are very tame and when you go there they want to be fed. There are Coots and Mallards and little ducklings which are sometimes eaten by Herons. See www.tannochloch.co.uk for more info.
Lillie Art Gallery
The Lillie Art Gallery is a purpose built gallery opened in 1962. It owes its existence to local banker and artist Robert Lillie (1867-1949), who left a substantial number of his own artworks as well as funds to build the gallery. Since 1962, this founding bequest of artworks has been developed to form a collection of Scottish art dating from the 1880s to the present day.
Horse riding at Easterton Stables
Easterton Stables is a fully licenced riding school and livery yard, approved by the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS), run by proprietors Rosemary Brown and David Ralston. Located in beautiful countryside overlooking the Campsie Fells, Easterton provides a full range of tuition and livery services with all year turnout. Riding lessons for adults and children of all abilities are offered on a one to one private basis through to group and specialised instruction. Hacking can be enjoyed through nearby Mugdock Country Park. See www.eastertonstables.co.uk for more info.
Murray Park (for Rangers fans)
A must visit for all true Rangers fans is the £14 million, state-of-the-art training centre at Murray Park. It includes six full size pitches, two half size pitches, a practice area, a synthetic indoor pitch and the training centre housed within a 38 acre site at Auchenhowie, Milngavie. If you want to see some Rangers players – maybe get an autograph, etc then a visit to Murray Park is good opportunity to meet the players. See for http://rangers.co.uk/club/murray-park/ more info.