Drumpellier Country Park

Facilities and services

Drumpellier Loch View

Opening times

Visitor Centre

April, May & September 10.30 am - 5.00 pm

June - August 10.30 am - 7.30 pm

October - March 10.30 am - 4.00 pm

Cafe

April, May & September 10.30 am - 5.00 pm

June - August 10.30 am - 6.00 pm

October - March 10.30 am - 4.00 pm

For seasonal facilities such as boat hire please check at reception for times when available.

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, with the exception of 25-26 December and 1-2 January.

There is a cafeteria for refreshments, and a reception area that contains a variety of information leaflets and displays on the many walks, the varied wildlife and the natural history of the park.

Nature conservation

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.

Wildlife

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.

Facilities and activities

  • Visitor Centre
  • Cafeteria
  • Peace Garden 
  • children's play areas 
  • picnic sites 
  • nature trails
  • boat hire*
  • full programme of ranger walks and activities 
  • conservation task group  *

    * = seasonal (please check with reception).

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.

A brief history

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 tracts of land. This created the great lochs, such as 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 Woodend Loch, and Lochend Loch once boasted a fine example of a crannog, a dwelling place of iron-age man situated on stilts in open water for security and protection. The site of the crannog is depicted on Lochend Loch using small coloured buoys.

During the medieval period, Drumpellier was the farming grange of the Monks of Newbattle Abbey, which gives rise to the name of Monklands, the historical 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 high seas.

How to find us by car

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.

By public transport

The park is close to the main Glasgow/Airdrie line at Blairhill Station. Regular bus services run along Townhead Road and Blair Road, stopping close to the park entrances.

Disabled access

There are disabled access points available to the visitor centre within Drumpellier Country Park.

All our facilities are managed by a set of rules and regulations.

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