Cumbernauld Glen

The ancient woodland of Cumbernauld Glen is a haven for wildlife and also provides an important, relaxing environment for local people. Early spring sees pockets of snowdrops appearing and summer brings a profusion of bluebells. The meadow attracts butterflies, including small pearl-bordered fritillary.

This historical site has a 16th Century dovecot.

Cumbernauld Glen is within the Cumbernauld Living Landscapes partnership project.

A community-based conservation group - The Friends of Cumbernauld Glen - assists the Trust in management, policy and project decisions on the reserve. Find out more about the Friends of Cumbernauld Glen here.

Badger © Darin Smith

Why visit?

  • Excellent network of footpaths
  • Mature oak woodland
  • 16th century dovecote
  • Mountain bike trail

Best time to visit?

  • Feb for snowdrops
  • May for bluebells
  • Autumn for woodland colours

Visit for:

  • Butterflies
  • Archaeology
  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


Exit the M80 for the A8011 and follow signs for Cumbernauld Theatre. There is a car park opposite the theatre, with the reserve being a short walk away.

Getting onto the reserve

From the car park, walk back along the footpath adjacent the road in the direction of Cumbernauld House. Continue along the path until it meets the road and turn right. Follow the road to Cumbernauld House. There is a Cumbernauld Glen waymarker located at the next road junction.

Getting round this reserve

Cumbernauld Glen is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Please be aware of other users whilst on your visit.

Most paths in the Glen are tarmac and suitable for wheelchair users, although there are some steep sections. The reserve's Mountain Bike Trail (Glen Mile) is not a footpath. Please do not walk along the bike trail.


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