Cathkin Marsh

A beautiful area of fen and marshy grassland tucked amongst green fields between Glasgow and East Kilbride. The reserve is home to a wide variety of birds, including snipe, water rail and reed bunting.

Swallow © Darin Smith

Why visit?

  • Fantastic views of birds from the hide
  • Explosions of colour from wildflowers
  • Colourful butterflies and dragonflies
  • User-friendly paths across the reserve

Best time to visit?

  • May-Jul for breeding birds
  • May-Aug for wildflowers
  • Apr-Sep for butterflies & dragonflies
  • Oct-Feb for wintering snipe

Visit for:

  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Grasslands
  • Birdwatching

Directions

Take the M77 from Glasgow. Exit at Junction 3 and follow the A726 to East Kilbride. After 3.5 miles, turn left onto Carmunnock Road (B759) to Carmunnock village. From the village, continue north along Cathkin Road (B759) for about 0.5 miles then turn right onto a minor road. The reserve is located about 1 mile on the left. There is space for two cars to park opposite the reserve entrance.

Getting onto the reserve

Access to the reserve is through a wooden gate and down the hedged track.

Getting round this reserve

The ground over the marsh itself can be quite soft, particularly during winter, so it's a good idea to stick to the paths. Take care near open water.

 

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