Neilston and Pollok Park
- Distance: 33.75km/21 miles
- Time: 3 hours
- Grade: Moderate
- Ordnance Survey Explorer OL342; Landranger 64
- Start at The Bank GR NS478572
This wonderful cycle visits one of Glasgow’s finest parks, 2 favourite visitor attractions and one of its best-known monuments. It also gets the legs and lungs working without being overly strenuous. Parts travel along some busy sections of road but the majority is along cycle tracks and through parkland.
From The Bank follow Main Street then Neilston Road out of Neilston.
After 0.8 miles turn left, descend Donnies Brae to Lochlibo Road (A736), turn right then left onto Gateside Road.
Go right onto Wraes View. Near its end, just as it swings right, keep straight on along a paved path. After passing under a railway bridge go right onto Gateside Road and follow this, underneath the rolling Fereneze Braes, for 0.75 miles to Paisley Road (B771) at Barrhead. Keep left, continue for 0.5 miles to Cross Stobbs, turn right and drop down Paisley Road to a roundabout at Dykebar.
Go left onto the A726 then, after approximately 200 metres, cross the A726 at a pedestrian crossing, turn right then left onto Ben Nevis Road. At its end pick up the National Cycle Network track and follow this alongside a lovely section of the White Cart Water. After crossing a bridge over a burn go left at a junction and keep along another fine section of riverside track.
Once under a road bridge taking you beneath Crookston Road (A736) the track rises then swings right to reach Crookston Road. Turn right then right again into Ross Hall Park, go straight on at a crossroads and cycle through the park to junction. Keep straight on, cross a bridge over the White Cart then at Bonnyholm Avenue go left, cycle to Linthaugh Road and go left again.
Easy cycling for 1 mile reaches a roundabout at Corkerhill Road – cross at a pedestrian crossing. Turn left onto a cycle footpath then right into Pollok Country Park, the largest park within Glasgow City – it was voted Europe’s best park in 2008. Follow an access road alongside the White Cart and once under the M77 keep right at the next 2 forks.
A paved path drops down through woodland then open parkland. Keep left at a fork then once through a car park turn right onto a park road (watch out for traffic). At a junction turn left and climb past Pollok House.
The magnificent Pollok House, one of Glasgow’s most popular visitor attractions, was completed in 1752 with further additions added in 1890 and today displays paintings by the likes of El Greco and Goya.
Follow the park road, which soon splits. Go left and cycle past the Burrell Collection.
The Burrell Collection was named after its benefactor Sir William Burrell. It’s home to several thousand artworks and artefacts from around the world.
After another 0.5 miles exit Pollok Park by going right onto Haggs Road (B769). Once under a railway bridge turn left onto Pollokshaws Road and after a steady climb descend into Shawlands at the A77.
Go left onto Moss Side Street then first right onto Frankfort Street. At its end keep right onto Minard Road then straight through at Shawlands Cross and follow Langside Avenue (B768) beside Queens Park. A short, stiff pull reaches the Langside Monument at Battlefield.
This marks the site of one of the most important battles in Scottish History. The Battle of Langside took place on the 13th of May 1568 and was the final defeat of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Follow a roundabout right onto Millbrae Road, which soon descends steeply onto Langside Drive. Cycle through Newlands for 0.75 miles then take the second exit at a roundabout. Langside Drive continues onto Braidholm Road which culminates at Fenwick Road. Make a left here.
Cycle through Giffnock for 0.8 miles to Eastwood Toll. Keep straight on onto Ayr Road (A77) from where a long steady pull of 2.25 miles eventually reaches Newton Mearns at Mearns Cross.
Turn right onto Barrhead Road. After a sharp descent and ascent keep left at a roundabout, cross a bridge over the M77 then go left onto Stewarton Road. Cycle for 100 metres then turn right onto the narrow Fingalton Road, which travels through gorgeous countryside.
Beyond Fingalton Bridge, which crosses the Brock Burn, follow Glanderston Road for 0.34 miles, keep right onto Balgraystone Road and drop down past Dams to Darnley Country Park to Springfield Road. Turn left, climb steeply to 5-Ways Junction, keep straight on along the tight Springfield Road and after a blind summit descend into Neilston.
Follow Sykes Terrace through traffic lights to Kirktonfield Road, go right at a roundabout and take the deceptively steep ascent to Main Street. Turn left back to The Bank.