Enter Glasgow's forest
This tranquil woodland, with its majestic ancient oaks and old hawthorn hedges, has been growing on this hillside on the edge of Glasgow for hundreds of years. It’s a wonderful wood to visit for a picnic, stroll or cycle ride any time of the year. Enjoy dramatic views over the city and glimpses of wildlife amongst the trees and in the meadows.
Glasgow City Council owns the land here, while we at Forestry Commission Scotland manage the woods. Together, we have improved the trails across the Drumchapel Woods and planted new native woodland to create more green spaces for people and wildlife in the city. There are about 3 miles (5km) of informal paths through the woods. Most of them are wide and smooth – ideal for walking, running and cycling – but watch out for a few short steep slopes. It’s a popular place for Paths for Health walks too – a fun and sociable way to enjoy the woods and get some fresh air. Our leaflet map will help you explore the Drumchapel Woods area.
Exploring Garscadden Wood
There are two parts to Garscadden Woods: the old oakwood beside Drummore Road, and the new woodland and meadow above Ladyloan Avenue. You’re welcome to explore and enjoy both, but be aware that they’re separated by the busy Peel Glen Road. Please take care crossing this road.
You can find refreshments and toilets at Drumchapel Community Centre on Kinfauns Drive. There are more places to eat, drink and shop in Drumchapel and at nearby Clydebank and Knightswood.
The Witches Way
A great wee path. The clump of old trees on the hilltop is known as the Witches Circle, marking the old Roman Castle Hill fort.
Firm smooth tarmac. Mostly gentle but some long, moderately steep slopes. No gates or steps.
¾ miles / 1.1 km Allow ¾ hour
The Bluebell trail
A lovely walk, thick with bluebells in early summer but great a great donder through the oak trees at any time of year.
Smooth, firm gravel and tarmac paths. Generally moderate gradients, with some fairly steep slopes.
¾ miles / 1.2 km Allow ¾ hour
Mountain biking trails
Watch out for wildlife
Garscadden Woods are rich in wildlife, with a wonderful variety of trees, including some majestic old oaks, and over 200 species of plants. In spring it’s full of bluebells (it’s known locally as Bluebell Wood), and in summer purple hairstreak butterflies flutter in the sunny glades. The western part of the wood, reached from Ladyloan Avenue, is a much younger woodland with oak, ash, birch, rowan, fruit trees and lovely old hawthorn hedges. Look out for colourful wildflowers in the high meadow there in summer.
You might glimpse roe deer amongst the trees, and visit at dawn or dusk to spot foxes. Listen for the cheerful calls of speckle-breasted song thrushes in the daytime and for the distinctive ‘twit-twoo’ of tawny owls calling to each other after dark.
A local nature reserve
Garscadden is a Local Nature Reserve – one of Scotland’s special places to enjoy and learn more about local wildlife. Garscadden is important because it’s one of the oldest semi-natural woods in Glasgow, and one of only two woods in the city where you can find the purple hairstreak butterfly. You can discover more amazing city-centre wildlife by visiting other Local Nature Reserves in Glasgow.
Garscadden Wood is also one of fourteen Commonwealth Woods, designated as part of the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, that provide outdoor spaces for people to enjoy free events and activities, get active or just to go for a walk in the fresh air. The network of green spaces around the city includes a mix of well-established and newly-planted woods, and a new riverside park created out of derelict land opposite the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village.
How to get here
Garscadden Wood lies between Drumchapel and Bearsden, on the north western edge of Glasgow.
The main entrance into the wood is from Drummore Road in Drumchapel, just west of the junction with Bankglen Road, at grid reference NS 528 718. There is no formal car park here but plenty of on-street car parking nearby.
You can also enter the woods from Ladyloan Avenue. The entrance is off Ladyloan Avenue, about half way between the junctions with Lochgoin and Kilcloy Avenues, at grid reference NS 519 720. There is no formal car park here either but there is plenty of on-street car parking here too.
G15 7LG is the nearest postcode for the Drummore Road entrance.
G15 7BD is the nearest postcode for the Ladyloan Avenue entrance.
There are regular trains between Glasgow and Drumchapel Railway Station. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
Explore more woods around Drumchapel at nearby Cleddans Burn, a wonderful little woodland with open grass meadows, ponds and views.
The Kilpatrick Hills have a number of beautiful places to explore. At Overtoun House you can wander in lovely Overtoun Glen, discover a brand new native woodland or head towards soaring Lang Craigs for stunning Clyde views. Kilpatrick Braes has tracks winding through heathery hills to Loch Humphrey, with spectacular views over the Clyde, Glasgow and beyond, and Cochno offers views of the Trossachs after a fairly steep climb.
You can link Garscadden Wood to the other Drumchapel Woods by walking the 7km long Drumchapel way.
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