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Wilsontown

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Please be aware of livestock

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.


  • If you have a dog, please keep it to heel so it does not worry the farm animals on site.

A vital site of Scotland's Industrial Revolution, now home to wildflowers and butterflies

Bonny woodland and grassland clothe the banks of the Moosewater Burn today. The woodland is home to birds, butterflies and wildflowers. But they were once covered with smoking furnaces and noisy coalmines: Wilsontown Ironworks was one of the most important sites of Scotland’s Industrial Revolution.

Along the burnside there are rocky outcrops, knolls and hollows. Illustrated panels along the trails and our guide bring the bustling industrial past to life. You can read more about Wilsontown Ironworks on our Heritage webpages.

Guide map to Wilsontown (PDF 7.4MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Quality Row Trail

Explore the site of Wilsontown’s historic ironworks and the settlement where its workers lived and mined.

Wide, firm gravel surface throughout with some loose stones. Short moderate slopes but plenty of resting places. One quiet road crossing.

Easy
1 miles / 1.7 km

Allow
½ hour

More information

You’ll be walking through the heart of Wilsontown’s industry along this trail, past the site of the forge and rolling mill and the workers’ houses on Quality Row. The route also takes you through the area pock-marked with bell pit mines. The trail starts across the road from the car park and a short link path will take you to the start of the blue waymarkers.

Walking

Peat Pond Path

Wander though the forest that has grown over the old industrial landscape and discover a secret pond hidden among the trees.

Wide, firm gravel surface throughout. Some sections may be slightly loose or muddy. Long moderate slope for 400m. Includes a road crossing.

Easy
1 ¼ miles / 2.2 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

This trail starts across the road from the car park. A short link path will take you to the start of the orange waymarkers.

Walking

The Glen Trail

A short stroll through young broadleaves alongside the Moosewater Burn and passing the site of the Wilson’s grand mansion.

Uneven grassy surface with muddy parts. One short fairly steep slope.

Moderate
½ miles / 0.7 km

Allow
¼ hour

More information

Look out for wildflowers like beautiful orchids in the summer.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

There are shops, places to eat and public toilets in Forth village, about ½ mile (800 metres) away.

Getting here

If travelling on the A706, look out for the sign for 'Wilsontown, Braehead, B7016' just north of Forth village. Our car park is called 'The Glen' and is only a few hundred metres along Wilsontown Road before entering Rootpark village.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: ML11 8ER

Public transport

Buses go to the village of Forth, about ½ mile (800 metres) away. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

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0300 067 6600 (option 1)
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