Milngavie, (pronounced "Mill–Guy" or "Mull–Guy"), The Gaelic name for the town is Muillean Dhaibhidh, pronounced "Moolin Ghuh-ee", meaning David's Mill
Milngavie began as a small country village on the banks of the River Allander and began a century of rapid growth, attributed to its industrial successes in the milling, paper and distilling industries.There is still evidence of Milngavie’s working past as the old Gavin’s Mill can be still be in the town centre.
Modern Milngavie has rapidly grown in size and in population, now estimated at just over 12,000, and sits 7 miles north-west of Glasgow City Centre. With its excellent transport links to the city and its lovely location, set amidst beautiful countryside, Milngavie has become a highly desirable place to live and is one of Scotland’s most affluent areas.
Today, Milngavie has really been put on the map as the starting point of the West Highland Way route. The start of the 95 mile walk to Fort William starts in Milngavie’s town centre, marked by a giant Obelisk near the shopping centre.
How to get there…
Milngavie is served by excellent transport links from Glasgow City Centre
From Glasgow Queen Street. (Journey Time: 20 mins approx )
Leaving from Buchannan Bus station, there are regular buses to Milngavie. (Journey Time : 30 mins approx )
First Glasgow: 109: 119: 9X: 19X:
There are free car parking facilites available near the train Station
Coming from Glasgow
Go northbound through the Clyde Tunnel (M8 Junction 25). Follow signs for Milngavie.
Coming from Stirling,
follow signs for Buchlyvie. At Buchlyvie, take a left at the next junction to Killearn on the A875 and follow signs for Erskine Bridge The road joins the A81 which goes through Strathblane. Continue along A81 and you will reach Milngavie.
Things to do
Lillie Art Gallery
Station Road, Milngavie (opposite train station where free car parking available)
0141 578 8847
Open Tues- Saturday 10-1 & 2-5
Mugdock Country Park
0141 956 6100
Mugdock Country Park is an ideal place to visit for the whole family. Set in 260 hectares of beautiful countryside, there is so much to see and do. There are various walks and nature trails which will take you through secluded woods and across open moorland stretching towards the Camspie Fells and beyond.
The area is rich in wildlife and is an important conservation area. You may be lucky to see deer, rabbits, bats and maybe even the rare Black Grouse which has been spotted in the park.
Throughout the year there are many ongoing events such as Ranger led guides and conservation seminars. They also host a wide range of theatre, music and film nights although please note booking is essential for these events.
To get more info about future shows, pick up a calendar of events at the Craigend Vistor Centre or call 0141 956 6100.
The Campsie Fells
The Campsie Fells are a range of hills in central Scotland overlooking Glasgow, stretching from south Stirling to East Dunbartonshire.
The Camspie Fells are much loved by all - attracting 50,000 visitors a year, who come to ramble across its rugged hills and walk through its gentle valleys, giving wonderful views of the city below.
Despite its proximity to Glasgow, the Campsies roll out onto miles of unspoilt scenery, away from the traffic and the daily stresses of city life. The area is of significant interest to hillwalkers and geologists alike, and has a fascinating history. The ‘Camspie Fault’ shows many layers of ancient rock dating back thousands of years which were formed as lava flowed through the valley.
Other features include ‘The Whangie’; a magnificent rock face cleft split in two. It is 50 feet deep and 300 feet long.
Neighbouring Hill ‘Dumgoyne’ also has interesting characteristics as it is an old volcanic plug. Its main attraction however is the view from the top. ‘Earls Seat’ is the highest point on the Fells rising to 578m. The summits to these hills are easily reached and offer a pleasant day out for walkers of all ages.
Golf enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Milngavie boasts no less than 5 courses to choose from - all set against a stunning backdrop of rolling hills and green forests.
Milngavie Golf Club, Laighpark, Milngavie, G62 8EP
0141 956 1619
Hilton Park Golf Club, Auldmarroch Estate, Stockiemuir Road
Milngavie, G62 7HB
Tel: 0141 956 4657
Clober Golf Club, Craigton Road, Milngavie, G62 7HP
Tel: + 0141 956 1685
Balmore Golf Club, Golf Course Road, Balmore
Torrance, Glasgow, G64 4AW
Tel: 01360 620 284
Esporta Golf Club, Strathblane Road, Milngavie, G62 8HF