A wonderful wee woodland with open grass meadows, ponds and breath-taking views

Garscadden Wood (East)

Enter Glasgow's forest

Standing among the old oaks of this ancient woodland, you'll have to remind yourself that you're still in Glasgow. There are still signs of medieval woodland management here. You'll find many types of tree growing here. Look for native Scottish species like silver birch, white-flowered elder, red-berried rowan and hawthorn. 

This is a colourful place - locals sometimes call it Bluebell Wood, as it's thick with flowers in early summer, while in later months, purple hairstreak butterflies can be seen dancing about the trees. 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. Our leaflet map will help you explore the Drumchapel Woods area.

Walking Cycling Horse riding Viewpoint

Exploring Garscadden Woods

There are two parts to Garscadden Woods: the old oakwood beside Drummore Road is Garscadden Wood East, and the new woodland and meadow above Ladyloan Avenue is Garscadden Wood West. 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.

Life’s essentials

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.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

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.

Every Friday from 11 January 2019 - Health Walk 24/7 with Glasgow Life

Fun, free, easy walks up to an hour long led by volunteers. Ideal for meeting new people and exploring Glasgow's lovely parks and greenspaces. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the changeable glasgow weather. If a walker requires one to one support we ask they bring a buddy to assist them. See Glasgow Life site for details. Runs from 9.30am - 10.30am.

A local nature reserve

Garscadden Wood is a Local Nature Reserve – one of Scotland’s special places to enjoy and learn more about local wildlife. Garscadden Wood 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.

Contact: Scottish Lowlands Forest District

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

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700


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.

Using SatNav?

G15 7LG is the nearest postcode for the Drummore Road entrance.
G15 7BD is the nearest postcode for the Ladyloan Avenue entrance.

Public transport

There are regular trains between Glasgow and Drumchapel Railway Station. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

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.