Drumpellier Country Park
Facilities and services
This fantastic park has lots of facilities and trails for a great family day out including a Visitor Centre, cafe, wildlife displays and adventure playground as well as offering seasonal fun boat hire.
The whole park covers an area of 500 acres and comprises of two natural lochs, moorland, woodlands and grasslands.
The Monklands Canal lies towards the southern perimeter of the park offering further walking and cycling potential. The lochs and canal attract a large number of water birds, both resident and migrants.
The woodlands and grasslands are also rich in bird life, large and small mammals and a great variety of native wildflowers. The networks of paths makes for easy access to all areas of the park and many of these are accessible to wheelchairs and prams.
Situated within North Lanarkshire, to the west of Coatbridge and east of Glasgow, the park was formerly a private estate. The land was given over to the Burgh for use as a public park in 1919, and was designated as a country park in 1984. The main entrance to the park is from Townhead Road, Coatbridge and the Visitor Centre is located here, providing the ideal starting point for a visit to the park. There is a lecture room available for hire in the Visitor Centre. The centre is open all year round.
There is a cafeteria for refreshments, and a reception area that contacts a variety of information leaflets and displays on many walks, the varied wildlife and the natural history of the park.
Facilities and Activities
- Visitor Centre
- Peace Garden
- Children's Play Area
- Picnic Sites
- Nature Trails
- Full programme of ranger walks and activities
For seasonal facilities such as boat hire please check at reception for times when available.
A brief history
Drumpellier Country Park was formerly a private estate. The land was given over to the Burgh for use as a public park in 1919, and was designated as a country park in 1984.
The lochs at Drumpellier are part of a chain of kettle ponds formed towards the end of the last ice age. As the glacier that covered most of Scotland slipped down towards the sea it churned up great tracks of land. This created the great lochs, such as Loch Lomond and Linnhe, and also produced small pockets of water such as the Garnkirk chain of Hogganfield, Frankfield and the Bishops Lochs that include Drumpellier's Lochs, Woodend and Lochend.
Man has also left his mark on the park area over many thousands of years. Flint tools of the Stone Age have been found on the shores of the Woodend Loch, and Lochend Loch once boasted a fine example of crannog, a dwelling place or iron-age man situated on stilts in open water for security and protection. The site of crannog is depicted on Lochend Loch using small coloured buoys
During the medieval period, Drumpellier was the farming grange of the Monks of Newbattie Abbey, which gives rise to the name of Monklands, the historical name for the surrounding name for the surrounding area. Finally, the Monklands Canal lies at the south end of the park, and is a reminder of the great industrial heritage of Monklands, providing an important link through Glasgow to the Clyde and the seas
There is no doubt that we need to protect the natural environment. North Lanarkshire Council is committed to sustainability and operates a policy of active conservation. Many sites of importance to wildlife and biodiversity are being conserved, protected and enhanced. We value your comments on this and other related topics. Should you wish to learn more about our conservation work, please ask to speak to the Countryside Ranger Service based at the park.
Drumpellier Country Park covers an area of 500 acres and comprises of two natural lochs (one of which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)), lowland heath, mixed woodlands and open grassland. The Monklands Canal lies towards the southern perimeter of the park. The lochs and the canal attract a large number of water birds, both resident and over-wintering migrants, and the loch shores and woodland floor provides an abundance of wild flora. The woodlands are also rich in bird life, small wild animals and many types of fungi. A network of paths makes for easy access to all areas of the park and many of these are suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
The Countryside Ranger Service
Rangers from North Lanarkshire Council's countryside ranger service are based at the visitor centre in Drumpellier Park. They run a varied programme of events and activities throughout the year, normally on a Sunday. The rangers are available to give walks and talks to groups or clubs interested in wildlife and conservation. The service is also involved in supporting school projects dealing with the environment and associated topics, and welcomes enquiries from teaching staff for in-service training, etc.
- April, May & September 10.30am - 5pm
- June, July & August - 10.30am - 7.30pm
- October - March -10.30am - 4pm
- April, May and September 10.30am - 4.45pm
- June, July and August 10.30am -5.45pm
- October - March 10.30am - 3.45pm
How to find us
The Visitor Centre at Drumpellier Country Park is approximately 1.5 miles to the north-west of Blairhill Rail Station, a distance that takes around 30 minutes to walk at a brisk pace. Alternatively, this trip takes approximately 12 minutes by bicycle. Eastern parts of the Park are much closer to Coatbridge and Blairhill Rail Station than the Visitor's Centre, and will therefore take less time to reach on foot or by bicycle.
Blairhill Rail Station has direct links to Glasgow in the west and Drumgelloch in the east, as well as stations in between. Nearby Coatbridge Central Station also has links to Motherwell in the south and Cumbernauld to the north, along with all stations in between. These stations also have a variety of good connections to other destinations in the rail network.
Although the Park's Visitor Centre is not directly linked to the public bus network, nearby Townhead has good bus connectivity, with routes linking an array of local, regional and (with connections) national destination, including Blairhill Rail Station. The Park is also situated within close proximity to the motorway and trunk-road network in Central Scotland. The park lies beside the A752, two miles north of the A8/M8 Glasgow/Edinburgh trunk-road and is easily found close to Junction 2A on the M73 motorway, follow signs for Coatbridge.
Ample car parking facilities are available within the park.
All of our facilities are managed by a set of rules and regulations [81kb].
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