Palacerigg Country Park is a free visitor attraction and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who come to enjoy their facilities including the children’s farm that homes a number of rare breed animals.
Enjoy the wildlife, Millennium longhouses, environmental education, kids playpark and much more
Set in the hills to the south-east of Cumbernauld, Palacerigg Country Park is well signposted from the town centre road network.
It is less than half an hour's drive from Glasgow, Motherwell, Stirling or Falkirk. Established in the early 1970s, Palacerigg has been developed around the objectives of conservation, environmental education and countryside recreation.
More than 40 hectares of what was once a bleak upland farm have been planted with hundreds of thousands of native trees and shrubs.
This new, sheltered environment provides a sanctuary for wildlife including thriving populations of roe deer, badger, fox and hare as well as sparrowhawk, kestrel, long-eared and short-eared owl.
Palacerigg Country Park's Visitor Centre is open 9am - 4.15pm and the cafe is open from 10am - 3.45pm (from 11am during winter).
Attractions in the countryside
Visit the park centre with displays, interpretative panels and exhibition area, hire the lecture theatre, or longhouses, if you wish.
Explore the nature trails and places of historic interest, including evidence of fireclay mining at Glencryan and peat cutting at Gobhar.
300 hectares of grassland, moorland, woodland and ponds ensure a haven for wildlife, providing breeding sites and places of refuge.
The countryside ranger service based in the park specialise in tailoring environmental education in the countryside to meet the demands of the national 5-14 curriculum, youth groups and adult groups.
Visitors can walk the 10km network of nature trails and footpaths.
Officially opened in March 1998, the Longhouses, funded by the Millennium Forest for Scotland Trust, are the base for demonstrations on a variety of woodland and other crafts. They also provide an unusual venue for meetings and small conferences.
Other facilities and outdoor pursuits include a field archery course, golf course, 10km network of bridle paths (riding permits available from the visitor centre), orienteering opportunities (maps available from the visitor centre), children's play area, gift shop, cafe, car parks, picnic sites and toilets.
Visitors are welcome to Palacerigg in the daylight hours. No fires or firearms allowed. Dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control.
Where is Palacerigg Country Park?
Please use the map below to locate the park.
Palacerigg Country Park is signposted off the A801 Cumbernauld Town Centre road. It is less than half an hours drive from Glasgow, Stirling, Motherwell and Falkirk. Cumbernauld Railway Station and Town Centre bus stop are approximately three and a half miles from Palacerigg Country Park and it should be noted that there is no public transport from either of the above stations to the park. However taxis are readily available. For patrons who are travelling to the park by car there is ample car parking facilities available.
There are disabled access points available to the visitor centre and the toilets are situated on the ground floor.
Our catering services can cater for children's parties, provide tea, coffee, scones, buffets and sit down meals at events - all at very competitive prices.
All our facilities are managed by a set of rules and regulations [81kb].
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