Rouken Glen is a lovely park and it's right on my doorstep! For the first few months of living here, I hadn't paid it ... but then the sun came out, and off we went with our sandwiches and newspapers. I really like the boating pond and the waterfall in the park - these are my two "must visit" places whenever we visit.
Around this time last year, I visited here on a foraging expedition with Whole Foods in Giffnock and managed to collect masses of wild garlic in the area near the vet (entrance off Rouken Glen Road).
Even on a sunny, summers day this park never really feels overly crowded and I put that down to the wide, open green spaces with nothing but grass and trees. I think that's what makes me love this park so much - it's not overdone.
It's fab for a Saturday picnic reading the papers, as well as bike riding and possibly also roller skating (yet to try that one!). For the kids there's a skate park and playground. The garden centre nearby is also really lovely to pop into to go to the cafe. I know there was some controversy about the cafe near the boating pond, so I'm not 100% sure if that's still open.
My favourite thing about this park though is that a scene from Trainspotting was filmed here. I'm still trying to work out the exact spot!
I love this park, we only recently went here as we have lots of other parks closer to us but this is well worth travelling a bit further. I had no idea how big it was and all of the amazing areas within. We had a lovely walk one summer evening and I loved the waterfall and woodland as well as the big pond with friendly (although I'm always dubious of them) swans. Parking was easy and I'm looking forward to exploring more this summer.
A great place to walk the dogs with a great selection of short or long country walks to do.
There's also swings for the kids (and usually a bouncy castle or pony ride if the weather's good), a skate park for bigger kids and a cafe next to a pond for old codgers.
We took the train from Glasgow to Whitecraigs with all our picnic wares, it was such a glorious day so staying in would be a sin.
I didn't really know what to expect when we got there, it's just beside the train station which is great. It's absolutely beautiful. The grounds are very well maintained but the lake/pond could do with cleaning (loads of algae).
Lots of folks lying out and chilling. Lots of flirting of teenagers and darting dogs in bushes.
It was just the perfect day to drink some beer and eat some sandwiches. Why the star drop? The ducks are very posh. Seriously they wouldn't eat our bread, they just turned there beaks up as if to say,
"Darling do I look common? Only brioche goes in my belly. Irish Philistine!"
It really pissed me off!
This beautiful park is a huge favourite with director Danny Boyle with scenes from "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting" filmed here.
For me, Rouken Glen is also very special, it's where I used to feed the ducks when I was little, I learned how to ride my Bluebird bike here, I enjoyed eating ice-creams here with my family in summer and making a wish by throwing pennies into the waterfall with my dad. Rouken Glen is a beautiful park and there is so much to do here, especially if you have a young family.
If you're a nature lover then it's great to come here for a walk and listen to the birds tweeting. When I came here last summer I was glad to see that it's still as popular as ever, we even took the paddle boats out and I enjoyed being captain for the day as G-Bot is useless at rowing.
I also took a lot of flyers from the park rangers office, that encouraged people to be more environmental and bring out the hippie in you. This year I plan to take part in some of the activities in these flyers, such as going on an ancient tree hunt, joining the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, taking part in National Insect Week by going on a bug hunt, who knows I might even find Bugtropolis. What better place to do all of these things than at Rouken Glen?
If all that nature tires you out then there's a little cafe beside the pond to sit and recharge your batteries.
I am so delighted that this gorgeous park is within walking distance of my new Glaswegian digs (to be moved into later this year). It has something for everyone, and is large enough to merit a proper visit whether you're a local or a tourist. It's meticulously and lovingly landscaped, so every vista presents a lovely view.
There's a cute little cafe next to the duck pond so you can sit and enjoy the views with some ice cream or a cup of tea. There's a walled garden, some unpaved hikerish paths, a waterfall and plenty of paths, benches and swaths of green meadows. Dogs are welcome except in the walled garden. Bike paths are clearly demarcated but I didn't see a single cyclist.
This is a great place for a healthy walk, a happy picnic, and a lovely afternoon out.
You can't beat Rouken Glen Park on a Sunday afternoon. The duck pond is excellent, it has a garden centre, there's an ice cream cafe, you can hire boats and there is even a waterfall. A waterfall! Plus lots and lots of woodland and nature and lovely little walks. During Christmas it has an amazing grotto where you can go and meet the man himself.
When I was wee it was one of my favourite play parks. One summer my mum fell on her bottom and my dad, shaking his head in disgust, came over to help her. He fell too.
I was amazed I'd never heard of this place before visiting recently. It's a good bit out of the way at nearly 7 miles from the city centre, but as far as parks go, second to none in the area.
We were lucky to get a sunny day on our trip here, and it really didn't disappoint. A scenic walled garden, a huge boating pond, a restaurant, a garden centre and a little art gallery amongst others meant there was always something to do, and the fact that it was 100% free of the young offenders often found in public parks was an added bonus.
Jewel in the crown has to be the waterfall, the undoubted "money shot" of the park, and utterly stunning.
Aww wee Rouken Glen! I have some lovely memories of visiting this park when I was a wean.
It's a great wee park - lovely for a walk around the pond, a sit down on a bench, and a wander around the garden centre.
I remember renting a row boat here, and finding ourselves marooned on the island in the middle. If you take a boat out you can also get a closer look of the swans and cygnets that nest on the islands. Luckily we made our way back to dry land eventually. It's good fun, especially for kids.
It's an amazing park, extremely well up-kept and beautiful both on sunny days and in winter.
Visited this park in the summer when it was really hot! Lovley a garden centre with lots of gift ideas! loved the walk round the boating pond and a wee ice cream after picnic!
huge park, great for runners as it has routes mapped out!
It is brilliant place to have a lazy stroll, and to admire the views, and the lovely trees. I do love walking in there in all seasons, even in the rain, or in the winter, as I love looking at the colour of the leaves on the trees. Even in the summer, the trees are glistening, with beauty, and the ponds are filled with ducks, swan. my niece do loves going there, to fee Tardis d them with bread
Even they have a wee Cafe/restaurant overlooking the pond, cannot remember what it was called, I went indoors, and was surprised to see the siz, as it actually looks much bigger than compared what it looked outside - must feels like it is!!!
The food/drinks are excellent and reasonably priced. Even the service are great.
Also they do sell paintings of the artists from the area, on the walls, which I do enjoy looking at them all the time. Also the paintings do changes a bit each time I goes in, as they have been sold, and new painting put up on the wall, and so goes on. So I do enjoy looking at them.
A great picnic place to spend the day in. The park is huge with a pond witch has boats and ducks. The children's play area is well provided and safe with large areas of grassy areas to play football in!
There are two cafes which provide delicious cakes, cold and hot drinks.
The park is clean and tidy and in the summer months very very busy.
There is also a well stocked garden centre located in the park.
One of the most interesting parts of Rouken glen is the Walled Garden. I recommend a walk through this area in the summertime or on a crisp winter morning. The Walled Garden was originally a veg garden but after World War 1 it was converted into a flower garden and then at the onset of World War 2 reconverted back to a vegetable garden!! In the summer months this garden is spectacular.
In the winter, if your luck enough, the pond will freeze, not enough to skate on but the resulting snow and ice make the place the ideal area for a snowball fight. The local families of the area all desend on Rouken Glen all wrapped up against the cold! Believe it or not its even better in the winter time!
This is one of the best parks in and around Glasgow it has a lot of grass areas and some nice walks including the walled garden and some walks under the trees. I like to go here in the Autumn the colours are lovely and it is usually quite quiet. In the summer it gets really busy but it is full of family's with the children enjoying the play park or the wee fair ride. The parent's enjoying an ice cream from the van. There is also a good size boating pond where you can hire a boat. A good fun activity for the family to do together.
Additionally there is a garden centre stocking a range of gifts as well as plants, gardening tools etc. The cafe is good too and nice to enjoy a hot coffee after my autumn walks.
It really is a lovely place but the parking can be a problem as it is a popular place.
i used to come here every day when i lived in the south side of glasgow .
it is lovely and you can do whatever you fancy here either have a quiet day or really active as it has lots of walks
Lovely woodland walks. Its lovely in the summer with the boating pond. Really lovely in autum when the leaves are falling.
Rouken Glen is a lovely park. The Walled Garden (just behind the garden centre) is a tranquil place to sit and enjoy the flora in Spring and Summer.
Previous postings about the pond are spot on as the algae runs riot in the hot summer weather which affects the ducks and swans who can't feed there. Not very pleasant to paddle your boat through either. It's a problem with other park ponds every summer and they can't seem to solve it.
Re the Boaters Café, not sure if it has reopened yet as it was closed in 2012 due to a lease issue between the guy renting it and the local council. There are ice cream vans to buy the kids a cone but the café was a welcome resting post in autumn and winter for a coffee after a walk round the park. There's always the garden centre next door of course but not as nice as the café.
A lovely park to visit in the summer, Rouken Glen park has numerous facilities to keep you and the kids busy. There is free parking available at all entrances to the park, though it can be quite a long walk to get from one side to the other so make sure you park near to whichever attraction you're going for. There is a duck pond on one side, alongwith some pedal canoes. A children's playpark dominates another side of the park, with enough to keep the kids busy for hours. There are a number of ice cream vans dotted around for any snacks. A garden centre is also attached to the park for anyone keen to grow their own plants. More scenic woodland, fountains and mini waterfalls are in the centre of the park.
Im not sure what my favourite aspect of this beautiful park was. The boating pond is very tranquil and calming. The nature walk was great too though, with beautiful views and the exhilleration of a fine walk on a summers day. The whole place is very welcoming, and theres always lots to do. Highly recommended.
This park is not as good as it used to be. Sometimes you will get a fairground here but most of the time all there is to do is walk...that's ok if you like walking. Apart form that there is right in the middle a little park for kids. A boating lake that stinks and boats that leak...not much else to say really.
Great park with a variety of featureswooded walks, large pond with swans, childrens playpark, visitors centre and the Boaters cafe. There's also a garden centre at one end and some walled gardens. Always well used and well maintained - very nice park. Large enough to contain all the above comfortably and some open areas.
Rouken Glen park covers a vast area and there is plenty to do. Activities such as putting and nature trails are on offer. There is also a boating pond. A great place to spend the day with friends, family or by yourself.
This is a large park it has a free car park however it does get very busy so your best to go early, there is a lovely garden centre wheelchair accessable selling sweets, books, garden equipments, plants etc there is also a lovely cafe that does good hot chocolate. the park itself is of a good size with plenty of green areas and a nice play park sometimes there is a bouncy castle. there is a boating pond and some nice walks a good place for a family day out take a picnic and enjoy!
I love Rouken Glen, have been trail running in the park for a few years and now I am there almost weekly pushing my baby in the pram. It is a gorgeous park with lovely trees and a pond, although if you want to feed the ducks you have to get there early, they are very well fed! The children's play area is well equipped and good fun. When you have had enough of the outdoors there are 2 cafes to choose from and the cakes are very tasty!
This is a lovely park with a beautiful waterfall, as well as a playground for the kids and a great big pond. It has a cople of ice cream shops and a very good garden centre near the main entrance, as well as a chinese restaurant which I have been told is very good.
this park has got good open spaces! great to take a bike! although can be expensive if you have one or more kids due to the rides and coffee shop at pond! but on a whole its a good day out
Rouken Glen Park is a great place to visit. There is loads to do go to the playgound or have a go on the boats in the boat pond or simply wonder around the nature trails. On a rare occasion you can find a spot to sunbathe if its stopped raining! Or head into the garden centre for a bit of shopping or a bite to eat in the cafe
Good park for young kids. The play park is a great size, albeit the slides etc are showing their age!
Nice park. Has boating pond, nice waterfall and some great routes. Much prefer Pollok Park though.
Rouken Glen is worth visiting but it used to be a lot better. The boating pond has been contaminated with foul smelling green algae. I was quite embarrassed when I took a visitor there and had to keep apologising for it. Also the walled garden is a mere shadow of its past glory. The shrubs and perennials by the walls are fighting a losing battle with weeds and the main beds are taken up by an uninspiring show of seasonal annuals. Some beds are just left empty! If South Lanarkshire can maintain a lovely park such as Calderglen Country Park, why cannot a rich authority Like East Renfrewshire do a better job with Rouken Glen? I have been visiting Rouken Glen for 60 years and can assure you that it used to be infinitely better.
can`t believe no one has yet mentioned the pottery painting studio in the visitor centre which is fantastic .
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