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.
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.
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.
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.