Palacerigg Country Park
Enjoy miles of walking and cycling trails through this large country park in Cumbernauld. This previously uninspiring area has been transformed with the planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs.
The park is now a haven for wildlife attracting roe deer, badger, fox and hare. Birdwatchers should look out for sparrowhawk, kestrel, long-eared and short-eared owl.
Palacerigg also has a collection of rare breed animals including Eriskay ponies, North Ronaldsay sheep, Shetland cattle, Guernsey goats and Tamworth pigs.
In the park you can follow 10km of nature trails which will take you through the grassland, moorland and woodland of the park. There are also water features to enjoy with several ponds and the picturesque Fannyside Lochs on the eastern side of the park. You can find out more about the trails and guided walks at the countryside ranger service within the park. Other facilities include a field archery course, golf course, children's play area, gift shop, cafe and picnic sites.
Palacerigg is located less than half an hour's drive from Glasgow, Motherwell, Stirling or Falkirk.
PostcodeG67 3HU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Palacerigg Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Palacerigg Country Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Palacerigg Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Palacerigg Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The park includes a nice on site cafe where you can enjoy some refreshment after your exercise.
The park is a fine place for a dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. You may want to put them on leads near the deer.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in Lanarkshire head towards Bathgate where you can explore Polkemmet Country Park. You could also pick up the Airdrie to Bathgate Cycle Path and visit Hillend Reservoir.
A few miles to the west there's Broadwood Loch in Westfield. There's a nice circular trail here with views over the water to the Campsie Fells.
To the north in Kilsyth there's Banton Loch on the Colzium Estate. The estate also includes the ruins of the 16th century castle, a visitor centre, a garden cafe and a walled garden.