Pollak Country Park is Glasgow’s biggest and undoubtedly most unique green space.
A rural landscape in the heart of the city. The home of ancient trees, woodlands, wildlife, winding footpaths, a Georgian mansion, Clydesdale Horses, and even a fold of Highland Cows!
It’s like being in the countryside, without having to leave the city. Come along and see for yourself what Pollok Country Park has to offer.
Pollok Country Park
This gem of a green space is located only 3 miles from Glasgow’s city center and is a welcome retreat from the hustle & bustle of the city.
It’s an ideal place to experience the combination of what Scotland does best, marry history & heritage with the landscape.
In 2007 it won Britain’s Best Park Award and in 2008 it was voted the Best Park in Europe. So, you know there has to be something special about this place.
If you are looking for a peaceful sanctuary for the day, a place to reset your well-being, then this is the place for you.
It’s one of my favorite places in Glasgow, along with The Necropolis Victorian Cemetery.
Pollok Country Park is a lovely way to reset and restore your mind, body & spirit. An ideal spot for some moments of self-care.
In fact, parks in general, are an ideal place to digitally detox and worthy of a spot on any wellness travel planning list.
Pollak’s fresh air and open spaces make it the perfect spot to stretch your legs and commune with nature. The art and history will inspire you. And the peaceful landscapes will fill you with calm.
Simply put, you will leave feeling better than when you arrived!
The ancestral seat of the Maxwell family, this country estate has occupied the land for more than 800 years. Today Pollak House is run by The National Trust for Scotland.
This elegant Georgian home is full of lovely period furniture, as well as an impressive Spanish art collection.
The extensive servants’ quarters are fascinating to explore. And the formal gardens offer fresh air inspiration.
Things to do in Pollok Park
At Pollak House, you can:
- explore the house and see works by El Greco & William Blake
- take a guided tour of the servants quarters
- have afternoon tea in The Edwardian Kitchen Cafe
- stroll the walled gardens
- visit the Old Stable Courtyard & see the working Clydesdale horses
In The Park, be sure to:
- take in the view from The Grade 2 listed White Cart Bridge
- stop at The Quirky Hobbit Village
- explore the Burell Museum with over 8,000 objects
- grab lunch from the Kitchen Cafe & have a picnic in the park
- keep an eye out for the Highland Cows
- stroll along the river on the White Cart Way (my favorite stretch!)
- walk The Heritage Trail & take in the main sites (a 2 hr adventure)
- cycle one of three mountain bike circuits
- try orienteering (buy a map at the manager’s office)
- Run the weekly 5K Parkrun (it’s free!)
The landscape at Pollok Park is a work of art in its own right and worthy of a visit for those looking to experience a bit of mindful travel.
Hands down, it’s one of the best mindful photography locations in Glasgow.
If you want to relax or rejuvenate, Pollack Country Park won’t disappoint. You’ll leave feeling energized, I promise!
until the next time…
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