Dams to Darnley Country Park

Dams to Darnley Country Park covers over 1300 acres of open space between the reservoirs between Barrhead and Newton Mearns, and the village of Darnley!

Dams To Darnley Country Park

About Dams to Darnley Country Park

Balgray Reservoir Car Park Balgraystone Road, Barrhead G78 2SB
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The park provides plenty of recreational activities for local residents and visitors alike. The large networks of paths through the scenic countryside are ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding.

The park landscape is varied and consists of the open water of the Barrhead dams, wetland and burns, woodland, grassland and scrub. As a result the park is home to a diverse range of wildlife and in particular is a birdwatchers paradise.

Walking, cycling and horse riding:
A seven mile network of paths already exists across Dams to Darnley Country Park providing opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding. As the country park develops the path network and access links to surrounding communities will be developed further.

What's on at the country park:
Throughout the year the countryside rangers will be delivering a series of community events, activities and guided walks for all the family.

All the events are FREE, although booking is required for some. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Upcoming Events at Dams to Darnley Country Park

Dams To Darnley Health Walks

Selected dates between 3rd January 2024 - 18th December 2024

On Wednesday mornings join the Dams To Darnley Countryside Ranger for a health walk through the park leaving from Darnley Mill Car Park.


Balgray Bird and Bug Wings

9th March 2024

How do bird and insect wing shapes give them different aerial abilities? Come along and craft a paper aeroplane and build your own kite then test them against the rest of the group!


Mad March Hare

31st March 2024

Hop on over to Dams to Darnley Country Park on Sunday 31st March for their Mad March Hare event which will be full of Easter themed activities!


John Muir Birthday Celebration

21st April 2024

Explore John Muir's legacy as you walk Dams To Darnley Country Park and take in the majesty of the natural world, finishing with some 'forest bathing'.


Food For Free - The Botanical Larder

12th May 2024

Join the Dams To Darnley Ranger for a daylong session identifying and foraging plants across the country park and then cooking them up to sample!


Litha (Midsummer) Celebration

20th June 2024

Celebrate the turning point of the year with a bracing walk at Dams To Darnley Country Park, then meet around a traditional Celtic fire to hear about the origins of our ancient customs!


Bike Mood Booster

13th July 2024

Burn calories - not oil, as you power along the tracks and trails around Dams to Darnley Country Park, exploring its wildlife and history on this Ranger led ride!


Big Butterfly Count

4th August 2024

Ever wondered what that butterfly in your garden is? Then come along and learn about identification and the lifestyles of butterflies, and how to help them at Dams To Darnley Country Park!


International Bat Night

24th August 2024

Join the countryside ranger for a twilight walk to track down the bats around Dams To Darnley Country Park, and find out all about these nocturnal creatures!


Doggie’s Day Out

7th September 2024

Drop-in to Dams To Darnley Country Park with your 4-legged family members for an afternoon of fun games and activities for them to enjoy!


National Fungus Day Foray

5th October 2024

Join in as we explore the woods looking for these weird and wonderful organisms that can provide food, while others can be deadly!


Tattie Holidays Adventures

13th October 2024

Explore Dams To Darnley Country Park with your budding young naturalists - hunt for fascinating plants, amazing insects and shy birds and mammals, and do some nature crafts as you go!


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