You don't have to go far from Glasgow to discover some of the region's beautiful nature and historical joys. Mugdock Country Park and Castle sit less than 10 miles from the centre of Glasgow, yet this gorgeous country spot is quiet on your average weekend.
The park and castle ruins are an absolutely perfect place to bring the kids, or to bring your inner child. This castle has over 600 years of history, and the plaques around give you information to help you recreate it in your head. What was this place like 600 years ago? Then 300 years ago?
The scenery you'll see around this area is diverse and beautiful. Not being locals ourselves, we just loved the variety here. We admired the trees as we walked, then suddenly we found ourselves in the moors, just another part of this enormous estate.
There's more here than just a castle to explore – Mugdock Park is a community hub, and at the visitor's centre, you'll find information about local happenings, movie nights, markets and other events. You can hire bikes if you'd prefer to explore the park by wheel, and admire local handcrafts as well.