Stretch your legs at Lochend Burn
Follow the tree-lined path beside the Lochend Burn to reach a grassy meadow and open fields beyond, with views over the city. In summer, the meadow is a carpet of wildflowers and buzzing with insects – look out for colourful butterflies, and see if you can spot shining dragonflies and damselflies zooming around the marshy banks of the burn.
The well-surfaced path beside the burn is ideal for walking or jogging and for buggies and pushchairs. Find a map and more information in our Lochend Burn leaflet.
You can find toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop at nearby Glasgow Fort retail park and the Shandwick Square Shopping Centre in Easterhouse.
Mountain biking trails
Easterhouse and the Bishops Estate Forest
Five wonderful woodlands spread across Greater Easterhouse and the Bishops Estate, so called because the land here was once owned by the medieval Bishops of Glasgow. All the woods are different, but each makes a great getaway without leaving the city. You can enjoy walking, cycling, horse riding, wildlife spotting or simply sit back to enjoy the peace and quiet.
Glasgow City Council owns the land here, while we at Forestry Commission Scotland manage the woods. Together, we have improved the trails across the Easterhouse woods and planted new native woodland to create more green spaces for people and wildlife in the city.
The woodlands at Easterhouse are also one of thirteen 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.
Seven Lochs Wetland Park
Lochend burn is part of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park. Destined to become Scotland's largest urban nature park, the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is an exciting new Green Network project. Bringing together 20 square kilometres of lochs, parks, nature reserves and woodlands between Glasgow and Coatbridge, the park offers an exciting range of things to see and do. With seven lochs, five local nature reserves, a country park and one of Glasgow’s oldest buildings at Provan Hall, plus miles of waking and cycling routes to explore, the park is the perfect place to unwind from the stresses of city life.
Over the next five years Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership, Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Forestry Commission Scotland and others will work together to develop the park as a place for people, nature and heritage. With lots of activities to encourage recreation and education, and a range of ways to get involved in the park, we hope there’s something for everyone.
How to get here
Lochend Burn wood lies just north-east of Easterhouse, not far from Junction 10 on the M8.
From Westerhouse Road, turn left onto Lochend Road near Easterhouse Police Station and John Wheatley College. Follow Lochend Road for about a mile (1.6km), looking out for the Easterhouse bus terminus. The entrance to the wood is on the right hand side just after the bus terminus, opposite the turning to Auchingill Road, at grid reference NS 690 663.
There is no car park for the wood but plenty of on-street parking nearby.
G34 0EP is the nearest postcode.
There are regular trains from Glasgow Queen Street to Easterhouse railway station. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
There are four other woods to explore around Easterhouse.
Discover a wildlife haven with wonderful views beneath a rocky outcrop at nearby Todds Well, or watch out for birds of prey at quiet West Maryston wood and get a bird’s eye view of your own to Tinto Hill.
Follow in the footsteps of the medieval Bishops of Glasgow to explore tranquil Bishop Loch – it’s steeped in history and a great place for wildlife spotting and bird watching today.
Head to Cardowan for another peaceful woodland with plenty of wildlife thriving amongst its trees, ponds and wetlands – and a hidden sculpture.
For more bird-watching and easy trails for the whole family, visit nearby Hogganfield Park with its lovely loch and island bird sanctuary. A little further east of the city is Drumpellier Country Park, with more scenic lochs, canals and woodland full of wildlife.
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