Dams to Darnley Country Park covers over 1350 acres of green space around the East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City boundary, encompassing the green belt separating Barrhead, Darnley and Newton Mearns.
Within Glasgow, the Country Park is also designated as a Local Nature Reserve and is made up of a patchwork of different landscape features includes open water, wetland and burn, woodland, grassland and scrub. The area is important for its wildlife, whilst it also has a rich history. There is a good network of paths throughout the area.
Dams to Darnley’s mosaic of habitats supports a diverse range of animals and plants and provides an attractive area for walks. The park lies in the valley of the Brock Burn and there are attractive walks along both sides of the burn in the northern section. Diverse species in the park including: Dipper, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Buzzard and Orange-tip Butterfly. Waulkmill Glen to the southwest of the park is the Site of Special Scientific Interest. This narrow valley is noted for its geology, particularly shale and limestone faces.
The country park and its surrounding area have a rich and varied history. From the farming landscape, that is likely to date back to medieval times, to the second world war Patterton prisoner of war camp, over four hundred years of history can be documented within the area. In particular the story of the Darnley bleachfields helped to shape the industrial landscape of the west of Scotland and beyond.
- Wheelchair access
- Wildflower meadows
- Wildlife viewing
Nitshill Road, Glasgow G78 2SQ