Close by to Best Foot Forward the visitor will find a diverse range of attractions including the following
The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way walking route starts in Milngavie, a mere few minutes from the front door of Best Foot Forward, and ambles its way over 95 miles of some of Scotland`s best scenic spots to end in Fort William. Walkers are made most welcome with daily luggage pick ups by local firm Travel-Lite ensuring the safe transfer of walkers' luggage on throughout this now very popular route, opened in October 1980 now accounting for around 50,000 walkers yearly. Best Foot Forward work closely with local companies to ensure both walkers and cyclists utilising this route get off to a flying start.
The Rob Roy Way
The Rob Roy Way route also starts close by in Drymen. With many now choosing to start it in Milngavie due to the excellent rail and bus links with the centre of Glasgow making this a far easier starting point than the official one in Drymen. Walkers merely utilise the first leg of The West Highland Way which on its first day ends in Drymen right at the starting point for The Rob Roy Way or alternatively walkers can arrange transfers from Milngavie to Drymen on the start day of their walk. Best Foot Forward are able to advise on the easiest and best way of arranging this for you.
The Lillie Art Gallery
The Lillie Art Gallery situated in Milngavie`s village centre next to the Town Hall caters for a wide variety of art shows and exhibitions which regularly change with the seasons, supplying a cultural feel to the village with many big name exhibits throughout the year. Well worth a visit whilst staying in the village.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow itself is world renowned for the quality of exhibitions it attracts on a year round basis. All types of contemporary art exhibitions are available to suit most tastes. Situated in the city`s Kelvingrove Park in the west end of the city, it has been extensively refurbished and recently re-opened after a 3 year renovation on the buildings, which has returned it to the original design, capturing the character of this wonderful old building dating back to 1901.
It has 22 themed galleries, with one dedicated to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. and is well worth the time to explore extensively and makes a great full day out.
Mugdock Country Park
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Mugdock Country Park is by road a mere 5 minutes journey from Best Foot Forward`s front door, where the visitor will find an array of outdoor pursuits and shows throughout the summer season ranging from open days to specific nature shows and local country fairs. On site there are a cafe, resource centre, toilets and park ranger services together with an excellent child safe adventure play area. The park is also home to Mugdock planataria and Mugdock castle with a wide variety of walks and cycle tracks throughout its grounds and beyond -a mecca for dog walkers and joggers.
Mugdock castle and Craigend castle both lie within the grounds of this country park but both are sadly in ruins now. However, they make a wonderful historical day out to visit and maybe photograph these wonderful old ruins. Full details of their respective histories may be sourced from the visitor centre within the grounds of the park.
Mugdock reservoir feeds almost the entire Glasgow area with a daily fresh water supply. Dating back many years it has been and is being developed at present into a premier water treatment resource with state of the art technology for the processing of our daily drinking water. This resource is made up of two reservoirs that of Craigmaddie reservoir and Mugdock reservoir, supplying a lovely tranquil walk round its perimiter where you will find an array of wild life and flowers. Often seen around its edges are local joggers attempting to keep fit. Locally known as "The Waterworks".
The "bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond" are also close by supplying a diverse range of water sports and sailing opportunities along side sunbathing and trips up and down the loch via the "Maid of the loch" cruises from Balloch pier. These supply the visitor with an informative cruise up and down one of Scotland`s most famous lochs. All types of water sports are catered for here from jet skiing to sailing, with many opportunities up and down this vast loch side to gain expert tuition in any given sport by localised specialist companies.
Loch Lomond, the largest lake in Britain, has numerous small islands and forms the centre piece of the new National Park complex. Close by to the loch itself are Balloch Country Park and Lomond Shores shopping and Drumcinnon Towers complex, which houses the park authority`s HQ. On the other side of Balloch is Luss where the TV soap "High Road" was based. On the far side of the loch the visitor will find Balmaha and Rowardennan, both meccas for water sports enthusiasts all season long.
Glengoyne Distillery lies in the Blane valley around about 6 miles from Milngavie, close-by the villages of Strathblane and Killearn on the main A81 road route. It runs daily tours throughout the season and beyond to show the visitor the inside workings of a working distillery which still produces whisky for both the home and export markets. If you are really lucky you might get a wee sample dram to taste of this malt that has been being produced for nearly 150 years.
Glengoyne is a leading premium whisky, winning many awards, produced by an unconventional process with remarkable ingredients with great pride by its manufacturers.
The distillery is open all year round for tours and whisky tasting. They sell a wide range of presentation whiskies to take home for friends.
Glasgow City Centre is a mere 7 miles by road and a half hour train or bus journey from Best Foot Forward. Glasgow celebrated being the European City of Culture at the beginning of 1990 and further was awarded the UK City of Achitecture and Design late in the nineties. Visitors can find culture, entertainment all day shopping and good food and drink all in one centre "Glasgow"
Home to Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet,The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Burrell Collection and The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow is a mecca for art lovers the world over supplying all tastes with a diverse array of opportunities to indulge in their chosen art interests.
The City Centre is also home to many larger chain stores and exclusive one-off boutiques, some of which lie in purpose built pedestrian areas and designated shopping zones, affording a stress free experience mainly centred around Sauchiehall Street, Argyll Street and Buchanan Street. There are also specialist shopping areas like The Buchanan Galleries, Princess Square and Saint Enoch's Centre covered shopping malls or of course the world famous Barras open market.
Within the same areas there is a fascinating array of eateries ranging from the common Indian and Chinese to the more obscure Greek and Mexican type bistros and tappas bars to be found along side many themed bars and clubs. Glasgow's restaurants offer the best international cuisine, on the whole utilising prime Scottish produce in their menus.
The Burrell Collection was gifted to Glasgow in 1944 by millionaire ship owner Sir William Burrell, a collection he amassed over an 80 year period of his life where he collected fine arts from around the world.
There are 8000 items in total in the collection of which only 3000 may be displayed at any one time due to restrictions of size. The building within Pollok Country Park was purpose built to house the collection, which was officially opened in 1983. It took almost 25 years for his gift to be turned into what is now known as The Burrell Collection. The skilful use of extensive areas of glass in the building process shows off this collection at its best, essentially bringing the parkland outside into the building to encapsulate the collection. Three of the rooms are exact replicas of those in Burrell's own home at Hutton Castle.
The Collection includes Chinese ceramics and pottery, stained glass, silver, bronzes, persian rugs and tapestries together with Greek and Italian needle works, arms and armour and a large variety of furniture. Once the visitor has toured the gallery there is always the beautiful Pollock Country Park outside with its rose and heather gardens mingled with woodland walks all around to occupy the rest of the day.
The SECC and Armadillo centre
The Centre plays hosts to big name bands of all tastes. Recently playing to thousands was the final show of "Riverdance", the Irish extravaganza. Most of the big name acts have played here at one time or another.
The SECC doubles up as a large conference centre also playing host to many of the largest conferences to date.
And lastly just over a wee bridge crossing the River Clyde is The Glasgow Science Centre with its many displays and fun shows for the kids to grasp an understanding of science today. There is a whole range of hands-on displays and experiments for you to try out in-house. The Centre along includes the world famous Imax Cinema complex with a screen equivalent in size to many football pitches. It supplies very worthwhile film experiences, recently showing "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to sell out crowds, and many real life 3d documentaries like Undersea World.
Glasgow International Airport
Glasgow International Airport caters for flights from all over the world. It is the busiest airport in Scotland, flying over 7 million customers to their destinations every year. Around 40 airlines operate out of this airport flying long haul and inland flights to over 90 destinations. It has one main terminal building and 2 runways, large car parks and a hotel complex together with the usual car hire and taxi operations operating from its site in Renfrew.
Glasgow Central Station
Glasgow Central as it is known is the city's largest railway station occupying a large site bordered by the main city centre roads of Argyle Street, Hope Street and Gordon and Union Streets. The main entrance is in Gordon Street. The picture above shows the Heilenman`s Umbrella which is on the Argyle Street side. The Station has two completely separate levels, with the high level occupying the greater amount of station space. The station deals with trains primarily from the suburbs,the south west coast of Scotland and parts of Lanarkshire, with express long distance trains to most English main cities operating from the high level platforms. Glasgow Central is a 10 minute walk from the other main train station at Queen Street where most journeys north and east start. Trains to and from Milngavie go from and arrive at both stations depending on times.
Milngavie Village Centre
Milngavie village centre is pedestrianised and known locally as "the Precinct". Milngavie is located 6 miles NW of Glasgow in the valley of the River Allander. It has a population of around 14,000 and has some of the most desired properties in the Glasgow area. Milngavie is home to the Lillie Art Gallery. Mugdock Country Park and many local parks, walks and cycle ways offer plenty to see and do close by.
Bearsden Village Centre
Bearsden Village was recently part pedestrianised with some of its roads being made more pedestrian friendly. The village supplies old and new in harmony with new build introduced amongst the very old traditional houses that surround the village on all sides. It is the home to an ancient Roman bath house which has been restored in part. The bath house is well worth a visit. It dates back to the 2nd century AD when there was a Roman settlement in Bearsden, a fort being situated there as part of the Antonine Wall which stretched between the rivers Clyde and Forth covering some 36 miles. Parts of the old wall remain dotted around Bearsden today.
Strathblane, Blanefield and Killearn
Strathblane, Blanefield and Killearn are all small villages with their own separate charm surrounded by magnificent scenery. The Campsie hills form a backdrop to them all. These villages all have their own shops and local amenities and are well worth a visit if in the area.
Drymen, Balamaha and Rowardennan
Drymen is home to "The Clachan", the oldest pub in Britain. The pub is well visited by many holiday makers passing through or staying in one of the many local hotels. Drymen is on the eastern edge of Loch Lomond. It is the starting point for The Rob Roy Way walking route from Drymen to Pitlochry some 78 miles further north. It has the usual pubs, shops, post office and bank. Passing through Drymen leads to Balmaha and Rowardennan and the end of the road. However, during the summer months this area is busy with cyclists, walkers and water sports enthusiasts alike. It is also good for a lazy day out on one of its many beaches just sunbathing and watching the world go by as many hundreds of visitors do. Drymen also is the first stopping off point for The West Highland Way and so is used by many walkers as an overnight rest point.
Other areas of interest around and close by to Milngavie include Helensburgh, Garelochhead, Kilcreggan, Luss and Ardlui all of which have their own special charm..
Also quite close are Dumbarton with its famous Rock and Castle and Falkirk with its ancient history and modern Wheel and many other places and attractions too numerous to mention. The whole area is well covered in local tourist guides.
As can be seen, Milngavie has a lot to offer the traveller, being close by many major attractions yet on the very edge of the countryside. The traveller gets the feeling of being outwith the hustle and bustle of the city yet close enough for sightseeing or a special night out. Milngavie itself has an abundance of local and varied eating establishments within easy walking distance. Good travel links are available by road and rail.