The entire Nicol Estate Agents team warmly wishes you peaceful and joyous holidays together with your loved ones! This time of the year is good for enjoying family and friends, gathering around plentiful dinner tables and staying cosily indoors and out of the bad weather.
However, a winter walk is the perfect way to beat any seasonal blues and blow those cobwebs away! In East Renfrewshire, we are lucky to have such beautiful countryside around us, as well as some fantastic parks and walking trails to choose from. Here’s some inspiration on local walks to help you keep active throughout the winter months.
Rouken Glen – The UK’s Number 1 park!
We are lucky indeed to have the UK’s number one park right on our doorstep! The prize, decided by public vote, was awarded to Rouken Glen this month by the Field in Trust awards. With its playparks and pavilions, numerous walking trails and waterfalls, Rouken Glen certainly has a lot to offer those looking to escape into nature of an afternoon. Added to this, there are regular events and family friendly activities. A special Christmas ‘winter wander’ walking celebration is taking place, with and a choice of four walks, on Wednesday 14 December and there is a winter stroll planned for Saturday 14th Jan. Why not join the Rouken Glen Rangers for a guided tour and some fresh, crisp air this winter.
Dams to Darnley Park
Not far from Rouken Glen, we also have Dams to Darnley Park which offers a network of paths for walking as well as for cycling and horse riding. A patchwork of grassland and wetland habitats comprising of the Barrhead dams, Waulkmill Glen woodlands and Darnley Mill, the country park is important for its wildlife and offers peaceful spots for relaxation by the water. As part of their programme of events, a weekly health walk is hosted by park rangers. More information can be found here .
The building of Europe’s largest on-shore windfarm has meant there is now access to a fantastic walk across the wild Eaglesham Moor, offering stunning panoramic views of Galloway, Ayrshire, Arran, Ben More and Stob Binnein. A favourite for dog walkers, there is also a visitor centre to stop in at after your day’s ramble. The Lochgoin Museum at Lochgoin Farm also teaches about the rich history of the area that led to the Scottish Covenanting Movement.
Whitelee Stroller Striders parent and baby group meets every Tuesday at 10am, with a break over the holidays.
Lochs, Hills and Moorland
The varied landscape of East Renfrewshire comprises of a mosaic of lochs, hills and moorland. The vantage point from Lochliboside Hills allows views over to the Ayrshire coast and you can spot the Islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig on a clear day. One of the highest points of the area is at Fereneze Braes, which has fantastic views over Glasgow at its summit. You’ll also find peace and quiet at Herelaw and Loch Long where you can surround yourself entirely in nature. More information on marked routes can be found on the East Renfrewshire Council website, with the majority of routes being accessible by public transport or offering car parking facilities.
For more walking routes and inspiration here’s a handy walking guide from East Renfrewshire Council
More information about dates and times for local walking groups can be found on What’s On Renfrewshire.
The Nicol Estate Agents Team