About the park

The Park

Rouken Glen Park is a 58 hectare (143 acre) historic park located next to Thornliebank, Giffnock and Newton Mearns, around 10 km (6 miles) to the south of Glasgow city centre. See our visit us page for directions on how to get here.

The Park is steeped in history dating back to around 1530.  Further information on the historical use and ownership of the park can be found on our Park History page.

Today the park is a mix of formal and informal spaces where you can enjoy active recreation or find quiet contemplation.

The park was gifted to the people of Glasgow to use as a place of leisure and enjoyment in 1906.

Glasgow signed the park over to Eastwood District Council on a lease for 125 years. Today East Renfrewshire Council proudly has it as their main tourist attraction in the surrounding area.


Rouken Glen Park was voted UK's Best Park at the Fields in Trust annual awards in November 2016. It has a 4 star visitor attraction rating from Visit Scotland and has been awarded Green Flag status which is an is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK (annually).

Site of Special Scientific Interest

Rouken Glen Park contains one of the most important geological sites in Scotland. This is protected as a Site of Special Interest.

See our site of special interest page to learn more about the importance of the rocks at Rouken Glen.

Heritage Lottery Fund

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant, with additional East Renfrewshire Council funding, resulted in more than £3m invested in the park between 2012-16.  Find out how the funding was spent on our Heritage Lottery Fund Project page.

Visitors Guide

You can view and download our visitors guide  or find your way around using the pdf icon park map [1Mb]. Also check out our events section to find out what's on during your visit.

Dog Walking

Dogs are welcome in the park. We ask that all dog walkers follow our responsible dog owner guidelines during their visit.

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