09 Sep Pollok Country Park
Pollok Country Park
Pollok Country Park is a 146-hectare country park located in Pollok, Glasgow’s southwest just 5 minutes from Glasgow Guesthouse.
The park, through which the White Cart Water flows is the largest within the city of Glasgow. In 2007, Pollok County Park was named Britain’s Best Park, and in 2008 it was named the Best Park in Europe, beating competition from parks in Italy, France, Germany, Poland and Sweden.
It is well known for a number of reasons including being home to the police mounted and dog-handling divisions, the famous Burrell Collection and Pollok House. It also has many wide open spaces that are ideal for filming outdoor in period dramas such as the scenes filmed here for Outlander.
Pollok Country park now offers a wide range of activities and the opportunity to explore the gardens, woodland walks and various cycle routes.
It attracts walkers and cyclists with 11km of tarmacked woodland paths, gardens and trails to enjoy. Attractions to Pollok Country Park include the world famous Burrell Collection, the working Clydesdale Horses and Glasgow’s much acclaimed, award winning fold of Highland Cattle.
The Burrell Collection is one of the greatest art collections ever amassed by one person and consists of more than 8,000 objects. The Burrell Collection’s displays range from work by major artists including Rodin, Degas and Cézanne to important examples of late medieval art, Chinese and Islamic art, ancient civilizations and more. Regular temporary exhibitions are hosted at the Burrell which also runs an extensive programme of events and activities for children.
However, for a more physical day out in the park, Pollok Country Park allows you to experience Mountain Biking within Glasgow at three different skill levels.
The Green Circuit – This is an ideal introduction into the feel of Mountain Biking. This circuit offers a gentle ride in the woods that can perhaps progress to be a warm-up session for the more challenging routes.
The Blue Circuit – Requiring skill and concentration to gain the best out of your bike and yourself, this route proves to be slightly more challenging. Steep terain, varied surfaces and the chance to get your wheels of the groung the Blue Circuit is for the more adventurous.
The Red Circuit – This is more of an indication of the terrain you will meet in the mountains. Not for the faint hearted, the Red Circuit offers you the opportunity to challenge your abilities and implement accurate riding skills.
Not only is Pollok Country Park such a short walking distance from Glasgow Guest House it’s only 3 miles from city centre and has multiple public transport stops all nearby. Glasgow Guest House is perfectly situated for a great day out at one of Glasgow’s best parks. Be sure to book with us direct to ensure you get the best price possible!