Bob Law’s Walks and Photography: Silverburn to Barrhead

Barrhead and the brownside braes

An Enjoyable One Way Walk

A couple of months ago I had a very enjoyable walk, one best undertaken by bus or train due to different start and end points and a lack of suitable parking places.

I boarded an express bus X8 from Buchanan Bus Station which went directly to the Silverburn Shopping Centre in the middle of Pollok via the M8 motorway, arriving 15 mins later, so very fast. At the right hand corner of Silverburn’s Cineworld a green ribbon path is followed, from an obvious ten foot high brown statue of a kissing couple, that runs beside The Brock Burn.


Brock burn walkway pollok at silverburn

Brock burn walkway Pollok at Silverburn

In spring and summer this path is very lush and green with wild flowers, vegetation, and trees as it skirts Priesthill. This path then leads out onto Kennishead Road at Darnley and another green path is followed running between the M77 and Arden until you reach Darnley Mill and the Darnley Tree.

A Grass Path. Dams to Darnley Country Park

A Grass Path. Dams to Darnley Country Park

You then walk up through the Dams to Darnley Country Park bordering the Corselet Road, once a rural country lane with working farm and fields full of dairy cattle up until the 1970s. nowadays small scattered owner occupied housing estates until you get up a bit further into cattle country again.

Green wooded paths lead up to the Barrhead Dams and the red brick Victorian railway viaduct. A continuation path further on runs around the largest dam, (Balgray Reservoir) and this in turn leads to Auchenback in Barrhead where a number 3 bus beside Aurs Road on the edge of that estate took me back into Glasgow.

barrhead dams

Barrhead Dams

Great views throughout of the Brownside Braes, the numerous ponds and dams passed, distant city centre views, and the lush Renfrewshire countryside. One of the best linear walks in Glasgow which takes around 3 to 4 hours depending on speed. If arriving by train is easier

South Nitshill and Renfrewshire and Wonderland Beyond

South Nitshill and Renfrewshire and Wonderland Beyond

Priesthill or Kennishead Station can be the start point with Barrhead station the end point. A great half day walk at any time of year but at its very best on a sunny spring or summers day.

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