• Conservation & Heritage

    Conservation & Heritage

    Conservation & Heritage

History & Heritage

Steeped in over 5,000 years of scottish history, Mugdock Country Park has a lot to discover...

Once home of the ‘Noble Grahams’ for many centuries, these lands have many great stories to tell. The areas within and bordering the Country Park supported many early settlers with natural springs, well-stocked natural hunting grounds, ideal land-forms acting as natural defences providing communities protection from the elements and combating forces.

With castles, mansions, gallows, walled gardens and an anti-aircraft gunsite from World War II, all make up the rich tapestry of Mugdock’s history.

Today that history can still be enjoyed by visiting Mugdock Country Park’s beautiful countryside.

Mugdock Castle & Moothill

Mugdock Castle & Moothill

Mugdock Castle lies at the heart of the Country Park and has a rich and colourful history. Situated on a rocky outcrop and originally surrounded on three sides by Mugdock Loch, the castle was the administrative centre for the lands of Mugdock and one of the strongholds of the powerful Clan Graham. Dating back to at least 1372, the castle has changed over the centuries, playing host to dramatic attacks and colourful characters.

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Craigend Castle, Stables and Craigend Zoo

Craigend Castle, Stables and Craigend Zoo

Craigend Castle, stables and walled garden were constructed in 1816, in the Regency Gothic-style, for the wealthy Smith Family. The Castle has been host to other residents such as the Buchanans and the Yarrows. The Wilson Family transformed the estate into Craigend Zoo from 1949-1955 with many exotic animals including a great Indian elephant called Charlie.

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Mugdock Gunsite

Mugdock Gunsite

Constructed a year after the Clydebank Blitz as part of a series of gun emplacements, the gunsite at Mugdock is one of the best preserved of the Clyde Basin Defences. Feel connected to history as you step inside the former operations unit or stand in one of the four gun batteries.

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Gallowhill and The Drowning Pond

Gallowhill and The Drowning Pond

The small peaceful hill known as The Gallowhill has a sinister and bloody history. It was where the gallows and drowning pool for the Barony of Mugdock were located. Convicted rightly, or wrongly, many men met their end by the noose and women in the cold dark water. The remains of the gallows were cleared away at the end of the 18th Century.

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Craigend Castle

Craigend Castle

Craigend Stables

Craigend Stables

Craigend Stables Now

Craigend Stables Now

Craigend Castle Now

Craigend Castle Now

Postcard From Craigend Zoo

Postcard From Craigend Zoo

Mugdock Castle And Mugdock Loch

Mugdock Castle And Mugdock Loch