Bearsden is an affluent suburb of Glasgow and is situated approximately 6 miles north west of the city centre.
The Roman Antonine Wall ran through Bearsden and the well-preserved remains of a military bath house can be seen near the town centre. Bearsden started out as a small hamlet in the 17th century, but grew in the 19th century as wealthy Glasgow businessmen moved to the city's periphery in search of a better standard of living and a wide selection of Victorian architecture can be seen, such as the former Schaw Convalescent Home. Kilmardinny Loch Nature Reserve is a wildlife haven hidden within Bearsden, which boasts a loch and woodlands. The Loch is the site of several sculptures of The Gruffalo, placed in honour of author Julia Donaldson who lives in Bearsden. The town has five golf course, including The Glasgow Golf Club, which is one of the world's oldest having been founded in 1787, and Windyhill Golf Club, home to LPGA Tour star Janice Moodie. The town has a yearly Highland Games held with nearby Milngavie. Bearsden was ranked the seventh wealthiest area in Britain in a 2005 survey. The town centre is known as Bearsden Cross where there is a good selection of restaurants, bars and independent shops. The town also has its own leisure centre. Bearsden has its own train station with frequent services to Glasgow city centre.