Dog walking in Stirlingshire.
Last weekend BDWS and friend Izzie went dog walking at the Gleniffer Braes in Paisley and we thought it would be nice to try somewhere different again this weekend so with a wee look at what places we could visit on google maps we soon found Mugdock country park and it looked very interesting! I’ve also been told that it’s a nice place to visit before by other dog walkers who have taken their dogs there.
Mugdock country park is 260 hectares of woodlands, moorlands, wetlands and loch. The country park has some amazing history; a stone age site found north of Mugdock castle is believed to be around 4000 years old and a Bronze age farm located south of the weather station is believed to be around 3000 years old. The Park also includes the remains of Mugdock castle which was built in the 14th century and the ruins of 19th century Craigend castle. Mugdock castle’s dungeon used to house many a felon including Patrick McNicholl who was the last person to be hung on Mugdock’s Gallowhill in 1718.
So this morning Ruby and I went to pick up the owner of Wilfred and Chilli. While in Finlaystone we met the head ranger Luke and he let us take his 15 week old black Labrador, Ben who looks so like one of the dogs I walk, Beau! We then left to collect Ruffles from Erskine and then drove over the Erskine bridge towards the park which lies just north of Milngavie. It took about an hour and a half to get there with our poor navigation skills and a lengthy diversion taking us all the way around the far-side of the park but that meant we missed the rain.
It’s a very nice place and big money has been spent on it. It’s huge and very beautiful with the gorgeous Campsie fells as a backdrop to this picturesque park.
When we arrived we took a wee look at the map at the visitor centre to find out where we would go. We knew we wanted to go to the loch for Wilfred who lives to swim but also wanted to visit the castle’s too. It took two hours just two visit the castle’s and walk around the loch, but we all had a great time! I think it’s a great place and felt a bit like a tourist seeing the sites and learning a little Scottish history.
Would definitely recommend it and a place I’ll likely go to again.
Visit the Mugdock Country Park website here!