Cathkin Marsh

Cathkin Marsh is a beautiful area of fen and marshy grassland. It is home to many birds, including snipe, water rail and reed bunting which can be viewed from the hide and boardwalk. Butterflies and dragonflies can be seen and there are attractive displays of wildflowers during the summer.

The paths are wheelchair accessible.

Common frog © Mike Read

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?

  • Apr to Sep for dragonflies
  • Apr to Sep for butterflies
  • May to Aug for wildflowers
  • Oct to Feb for wintering snipe

Visit for:

  • Butterflies
  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Grasslands
  • Birdwatching


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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