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Cuningar Loop

Get into the loop

Cuningar Loop is a new and exciting woodland park on the banks of the River Clyde. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise or just relax.

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

Our guide to the park (PDF 6MB) will help you find your way around.

Now open!

The Cuningar pedestrian footbridge linking Cuningar with Dalmarnock is complete and open, allowing people to access to the site from the Glasgow side.

 

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Accessibility information

This location has additional accessibility advice to help you plan your trip. Click the button for more information from DisabledGO.

 

From August till October Andrew MacDonald will be working on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland recording 360° video footage, which we will used to promote this site. On the days filming is taking place Andrew will make himself known to any members of the public on site.

Please be aware that recorded footage may also be used to promote the activities and policies of the Forestry Commission at a corporate level in brochures and reports.


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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.

Facilities

Temporary toilet facilities will only be available at weekends from November – March.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Bike

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.

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Bouldering

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.

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Find out about climbing in Scotland - including how to get involved in a club or event - at Climb Scotland.

Adventure play

The adventure play area is suitable for everyone and is designed to challenge users to explore the freedom of play in an active way.

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Woodland workout

Come and try our new installations where you can exercise in the fresh air in a natural environment.

Walks

There are over 2.5 kilometres of paths on mixed surfaces which are accessible to everyone and have plenty of seating.

Cuningar Stones

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.

Sculpture

The impressive Evolve sculpture, created by Glasgow Rob Mulholland is located close to the south entrance to the site. The six-metre high stainless steel sculpture represents the transformation of Cuningar Loop from derelict land into the vibrant community woodland that it is today.

Commonwealth Legacy

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.

History

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.

Contact: Scottish Lowlands Forest District

Address: Five Sisters House, Five Sisters Business Park, West Calder

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700

Email: scottishlowlands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

Downiebrae Road grid reference is NS 618 626

Using SatNav?

The nearest postcode is Downiebrae Road G73 1PW.

Public transport

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.

By bike

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.

Nearby places

Old Mine Nature Park at Bellshill, is fast growing into a lovely woodland as nature reclaims this old industrial site. Other places you might like to visit nearby include the Clyde Walkway along the city’s great river, or lovely Tollcross Park, famed for its roses and Winter Gardens.


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