Get into the loop
Cuningar Loop is an exciting new woodland park to the east end of Glasgow. 15 hectares of derelict land - the size of 15 football pitches - has been transformed into a community greenspace for local people and visitors to get involved, get active and be inspired by the outdoors.
The site features:
- An extensive path network
- Adventure play facilities
- A bike skills area
- Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park
- A woodland workout
- Large meadow and picnic areas
- An outdoor classroom
- A riverside boardwalk
The Cuningar pedestrian footbridge linking Cuningar with Dalmarnock is complete and open, allowing people to access to the site from the Glasgow side.
Grab a bite
The Wee Cabin Café offers a delicious selection of hot and cold food, tea, coffee and cold drinks. Opening times may vary - have a look at their Facebook page for further details.
You'll find more places to eat, drink and shop in Dalmarnock.
Temporary toilet facilities will only be available at weekends from November – March.
Mountain biking trails
The bike track is designed to introduce cycling to people with a wide range of abilities and ages. There are three tracks: balance bike, pump and skill building.
The bouldering area - Scotland's first outdoor bouldering park - is designed to introduce new climbers to the sport whilst providing facilities for the more experienced climber. A couple of boulders also have features to allow for para-climbing. We recommend that climbers use fall protection mats, as some of the boulders are over 4m high. Find out more about the climbing route at Climb Scotland.
Find out about climbing in Scotland - including how to get involved in a club or event - at Climb Scotland.
The adventure play area is suitable for everyone and is designed to challenge users to explore the freedom of play in an active way.
Come and try our new installations where you can exercise in the fresh air in a natural environment.
There are over 2.5 kilometres of paths on mixed surfaces which are accessible to everyone and have plenty of seating.
The Cuningar Stones is a permanent public art project by Glasgow based artist James Winnett. The 15 stones can be found across the Cuningar Loop, with many reflecting the history of the site and local area. Find out more about
them from the artist himself in this short video.
Cuningar Loop is a £5.7 million Legacy 2014 project that has transformed 15 hectares of derelict land - the size of 15 football pitches - into a community greenspace. 15,000 trees have been planted including native trees such as oak, silver birch and blossom, along with some more exotic trees.
Expected to attract over 100,000 visitors by 2021, Cuningar Loop is an important legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - and one of 14 Commonwealth Woods.
From 1810 to 1860 the site was the location of several reservoirs that provided water to the whole of Glasgow. It was also used as a quarrying and mining site before becoming a landfill site for the rubble from the Gorbals’ demolition. The importing of soil and compost has given the site a new purpose, providing a rich growing environment for the new plants and trees.
Artist in residence
Cuningar Loop has two artists, Rob Mulholland and James Winnett. Rob and James have been running art workshops for community groups, using items found on site, such as sandstone and old glass bottles, to create new art. Working with local people they have researched the site’s history, unearthing old objects.
There will be future art projects, keep an eye on the events tab for more information.
How to get here
Downiebrae Road grid reference is NS 618 626
The nearest postcode is G73 1PW.
There are regular buses between Glasgow and Rutherglen which run along Dalmarnock Road. There are also regular train services stopping at Dalmarnock and Rutherglen stations - Cuningar Loop is a 10 min walk from both stations. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
Cuningar is easy to get to by bike or on foot. When travelling east from Glasgow Green on National Cycle Route 75 leave the Clyde walkway and access Cuningar Loop from Downiebrae Road.
These woods are part of the Commonwealth Woods, a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games for generations of people to enjoy.
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