Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie

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Mugdock Country Park is a country park and historical site located partly in East Dunbartonshire and partly in Stirling, in the former county of Stirlingshire, Scotland. It is around 10 miles (16 kilometres) north of Glasgow, next to Milngavie (from which the park is easily accessible), and covers an area of 260 hectares (642 acres).
The park includes the remains of the 14th-century Mugdock Castle, stronghold of the Grahams of Montrose, and the ruins of the 19th century Craigend Castle, a Gothic Revival mansion and former zoo. The park has a moot hill and gallowhill, historical reminders of the baronial feudal right, held by lairds, of "pit and gallows". Also located in the park are the remains of numerous anti-aircraft trenches, which were established during World War II as part of the Clyde Basin anti-aircraft defense system.
The park was also the home of the Mugstock Music Festival, at which performers have included Emma Pollock, Dodgy and Beats Antique.
Natural features include the Allander Water, Mugdock Loch and Drumclog Muir, all of which provide popular walking and cycling routes with tourists. Visitor facilities include a visitor centre and cafe in the former Craigend Castle stable block, and a garden centre and restaurant in the walled garden.
The park is served by the Mugdock and East Dunbartonshire Countryside Ranger Service.
The West Highland Way, a linear long distance footpath between Milngavie and Fort William, passes through the outer areas of the park alongside the local Clyde Coastal Path.
Close again to the country park is Milngavie water treatment works, another popular walking and tourist attraction. It is situated just south of Mugdock and connects to the park via Drumclog Moor.
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  • Lovely area of natural beauty convenient for Glasgow. Good for walking and admiring flora and fauna. Some interesting craft sales at the old "castle". There's a garden centre there as well; not... 
    Lovely area of natural beauty convenient for Glasgow. Good for walking and admiring flora and fauna. Some interesting craft sales at the old "castle". There's a garden centre there as well; not...  more »
  • A family and pet friendly park, with nice paths for leisurely strolls and the remains fo 2 historical buildings - the Mugdock castle and a family manor (which also used to host a zoo !!) that is now.....  more
    A family and pet friendly park, with nice paths for leisurely strolls and the remains fo 2 historical buildings - the Mugdock castle and a family manor (which also used to host a zoo !!) that is now.....  more »
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  • We went to the loch. Water was generally warm (on the hottest day of the year, I've not been here before so I can't compare it to other days). Generally not deep. Makes for a good swim/sup board session. Beautiful setting with hills in the background and a popular place. The actual car park is a couple of miles from the loch, though people drive up the road and park on the verge. This seems acceptable but it gets busy along the verge so just be aware of this.
  • A lovely place to visit. It is very popular with dog owners. Please keep your dogs on the lead if they can not be controlled. We had an unfortunate incident with a dog knocking my toddler down to the ground. There are two castles worth visiting on site.

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