When you have commitments with work it’s hard to get about  in between trips. The way I combat that is days out around Scotland. There is an endless list of things to do and places to go. This time it was Mugdock Country Park – a Park and Historical Site located in Milngavie just outside Greater Glasgow. From Glasgow City Centre, we got the 60A bus which took about 40 minutes then walked roughly 30 minutes to the park.

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On this particular day it was cold, a bit rainy but very sunny. The colours on the trees were just incredible! Autumn really is the most beautiful time of year! Mugdock Country Park is almost 650 Acres in size, which we had to cross as the cafe was on the north side of the park and we came in from the south. What first felt like a long trek turned out to be a beautiful walk. One thing I learned is that the park is home to Mugdock Castle – a former strong hold for the Clan Graham from the middle of the 13th century. (Craigend Castle can also be found in the park but we didn’t come across it)

The park itself it most unkept of Scottish National Parks I’ve seen. Most are very accessible and cater well to tourists with their clear, smooth paths and wide open fields. Mugdock Country Park was very rustic and wild which made the exploring all the more exciting. Most of the ground was very swampy with raised wooden walkways to lead the way.

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We finally reached the cafe two and a half hours later. To get a seat and a warm cup of tea was exactly what I needed. The waitress forgot to give our order to the kitchen so, to apologise for the wait, we got a free cake each! Not too bad if you ask me. However, you could argue that we shouldn’t have bothered with the cake because by the time we left it was 4:30pm. If anyone knows Scotland in the Autumn/Winter months, you will know that the sun pretty much disappears at around 5pm. Bear in mind we had about a two hour walk ahead of us. In the woods. At night. On Halloween.

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In true horror movie fashion my phone battery died, and my friends had about 8% left in hers. It was a race against time. We needed Google Maps to find our way out but the more we checked it the more battery we wasted. The longer we took, the more daylight we lost. Yet after two wrong turns and a lot of silent, nervous speedwalking we made our way out. But the ordeal was far from over. We now had to walk through a small country town with little to no pavements and even less street lights.  By the time we reached the bus stop we were both exhausted. Also, it was pitch black outside and the bus smelled very strongly of vomit.

In conclusion, what started off as a lovely stroll in the park turned out to be a rather stressful night. But hey, I lived to tell the tale so no harm done.

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56 thoughts on “Exploring Scotland: Autumn in Mugdock Country Park”

  1. Those fall colors, wow! But that’s true, you have to be careful in Northern Europe around wintertime. People in my native LA complain about the sun setting at 6 pm, and I laugh in their faces. They have no idea.

  2. Your photos of Mugdock country park are beautiful. And a delicious slice of cake with a cup of tea at the end of your explorations sounds like the perfect ending for your exploration. #FarawayFiles

  3. What a great find so close to a big city! Your Autumn photos are gorgeous. I liked reading about your Halloween horror story at the end – glad you came out safe from the witches and ghosts in the woods. The worst travel experiences make for the best stories though, don’t they? Thanks for sharing it with us on #FarawayFiles

  4. ooh that does sound a bit spooky! But well worth it as your photos are so beautiful and capture the Scottish landscape and autumn colours wonderfully. I always think those slightly scary moments are worth it for the stories you are able to tell afterwards. Thanks for sharing with us on #FarawayFiles

  5. So glad you got out in time! I love trekking through parks in the UK and Ireland particularly when they are a little off the beaten track. Even if that means getting very lost (and slightly scared). 🙂

  6. Look at those autumn colours! Just stunning!
    I live in the South of England and Scotland is high on my list of places to visit! Which season would you recommend?! 🙂

  7. This looks amazing! I’ve been dying to go to Scotland, though I’m not sure I would go in the Autumn or Winter since like you said the sun goes down so early. I hate close calls like that. Glad you made it back home safely!

  8. I’ve never heard of this park – it looks gorgeous! I love how autumn looks in Scotland – it’s my favourite time of the year and I’m so happy I moved here!! Need to put in on my list for quick day trips from Glasgow 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. I just returned a week ago from a trip that included a couple of days in Edinburgh which was fabubulous, but unfortunately not enough time to venture further. Your beautiful photos only confirmed my impression that I want to go back to explore more! #FlyAwayFriday

  10. Gorgeous pictures, really makes me miss the autumnal weather of home. I’ve never been to Scotland believe it or not and I’m sure one day I’ll get there. #flyawayfriday

  11. Haha, I love the story, even if I can imagine that it was also a bit scary. I once had a similiar experience, where I got lost and couldn´t find my way back, but I was in the middle of the ocean. Nothing I would recommend 😉 Your photos look so lovely, I love autumn and those amazing colours <3 Anyway, I really hope that I can visit Scotland (and a scottish friend) next year!! Best wishes, Ella from Ella Happylicious

  12. Fall looks beautiful in Scotland as well – it has been magical in Copenhagen this year. Love rambling through a forest only to end with cake! Yes please! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles – looking forward to see where you take us this week! Cheers from Denmark, Erin

  13. Wow the autumn colors are to die for! I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland but even more so now! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday, see you again this week! xo

  14. Oh glad everything turned out OK! The landscape is simply amazing and gorgeous – I love autumn too but the days are shorter which is a bummer. The one thing I like about the UK is plenty of spaces and green available to go for walks 🙂

  15. Scotland is my #1 destination! Absolutely loved reading this, your pictures are so beautiful and add so much to this! Thanks for posting this, just inspired my travels more!

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