Cumbernauld Glen

The reserve’s ancient woodland is a haven for wildlife and the varied ground vegetation reflects the age of the site. Vast carpets of bluebells flower from May to June.

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.

Common pipistrelle (c) Hugh Clark, Bat Conservation Trust

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:

  • 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. The majority of paths within 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 trails.


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