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Parks and countryside

Dams to Darnley Country Park

A wonderful day out in the countryside for all the family.

View over Dams to Darnley in the evening


East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils are working together to create a new country park called Dams to Darnley within the countryside next to Barrhead, Darnley and Newton Mearns.

What the Country Park Offers

The country park provides recreational activities for local residents and visitors alike through a network of paths for walking, cycling and horse riding. Opportunities for non-motorised watersports, including angling, are also being looked at.

Dams to Darnley is made up of a patchwork of different landscapes, including the Barrhead dams, Waulkmill Glen woodland and Darnley Mill, with its mosaic of grassland and wetland habitats. The country park is important for its wildlife and it also has a rich history.

The country park countryside rangers run regular events throughout the year. All events are free but some require booking. The countryside rangers also lead weekly health walks and fortnightly volunteer days, as well as an environmental education programme for local schools.

Environmental education and outdoor learning opportunities

A new country park environmental education pack has been published. The pack promotes the countryside ranger service as a free resource for local schools. It is structured around Curriculum for Excellence and provides lesson plans for countryside ranger led activities available within the country park or school grounds (if suitable). Suggested follow-up activities and self-led lesson plans are also included. Copies of the pack will shortly be distributed free to local nursery, primary and secondary schools.

Country Park Development and Management Plan (2011-16)

In September 2011 the first ever country park development and management plan was finalised. The five year plan aims to guide the development of the country park and aid its effective and efficient management between 2011 and 2016.

The plan can be downloaded from the related documents section.

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