Wander the woodland of West Maryston
Enticing paths wind through the woods here to reach a viewpoint over a grassy hillside, dotted with trees, and across to Tinto Hill over 30 miles (50km) away. The open woodland is the site of Easterhouse’s lost villages: West Maryston and Hole, two coal mining villages that fell into decline when the local pits closed. In the 1930s the houses were demolished and the residents rehoused.
There is about a mile (2km) of paths through the wood, which are ideal for walking, jogging and cycling. Our leaflet map of West Maryston has more details. Watch out for wildlife as you explore, including roe deer and foxes amongst the trees and buzzards and kestrels hunting overhead. If you’d like a longer walk, cross Easterhouse Road and follow a path to handsome Blairtummock House, an 18th century villa now used as a business centre.
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
West Maryston 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
West Maryston wood is in Easterhouse, near Junction 9 on the M8 motorway.
The entrance to the wood is on Easterhouse Road, at the junction with the eastbound slip road off the M8. It is at grid reference NS 683 653.
There is no car park for the wood but there is on-street parking at Denmilne Path, which can be accessed just off Easterhouse Road beyond the woodland entrance.
G34 9HF is the nearest postcode.
There are regular trains from Glasgow Queen Street to Easterhouse railway station. Find details at Traveline Scotland. This is a particularly convenient wood to visit by train as it’s so close to the station – turn right as you leave the station and the wood is just 100 yards (100 metres) away on the right hand side.
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 follow in the footsteps of the medieval Bishops of Glasgow to explore tranquil Bishop Loch, a great place for wildlife watching.
There are attractive woods and lovely summertime wildflower meadows at Lochend Burn, or 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.
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