Garscadden Wood (East)
Ancient woodland carpeted with bluebells
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.
This is a colourful place – locals call it Bluebell Wood as it’s thick with the flowers in early summer, while in later months, purple hairstreak butterflies can be seen dancing about the trees.
Look out for the clump of old trees on the hilltop known as the Witches Circle. It marks the Castle Hill fort, which guarded the frontier of the Roman Empire 1,800 years ago.
The two woods at Garscadden are 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.
A lovely walk, thick with bluebells in early summer but great a great donder through the oak trees at any time of year.
Smooth, firm gravel and tarmac paths. Generally moderate gradients, with some fairly steep slopes.
Allow ¾ hour
Watch for wildlife
Garscadden Woods are rich in wildlife, with a wonderful variety of trees 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.
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.
Glasgow Life Health Walks
Garscadden Wood (East) is regularly visited by Glasgow Life's Health Walks - fun, free, easy walks up to an hour long led by volunteers. They are deal for meeting new people and exploring Glasgow's lovely parks and greenspaces. Use their Activity Finder to find one near you.
A weekly free timed 5km run every Saturday at 9.30 am, further information and sign up details available at Parkrun – Drumchapel.
Facilities & access
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.
Garscadden Wood (East) lies on the northern edge of Drumchapel. There are a number of entrances on Drummore Road and Peel Glen Road. There is no formal car park here but plenty of on-street car parking nearby.
The Peel Glen Road entrance is directly opposite the entrance to Garscadden Wood (West). This road can be busy, so do take care when crossing between the two woods.
G15 7LG is the nearest postcode.
Local buses stop on Drummore Road on the southern edge of the wood. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.