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The Gleniffer Braes Country Park lies to the south of the town of Paisley on the Gleniffer and Brownside Braes.
It is approximately 480 acres in area, three miles long and one mile wide. It is an upland park, mainly of moorland, but it also has woodland parts and hill farming areas. Cattle are used in the Country Park to control the vegetation, preserve biodiversity and retain the wide open spaces which visitors enjoy.
Please be advised that cattle are currently grazing on the fields west of Sergeantlaw Road, Brownside Braes and near Glenburn Reservoir. The cattle free areas include the fields east of Sergeantlaw Road, MacDonald’s Walks (west of Gleniffer Road), Foxbar area (north of Gleniffer Road) and Glen Park.
The Gleniffer Braes Country Park has associations with the 18th and 19th century weaver poets of Paisley.
Robert Tannahill (1774-1810) is commemorated by the Tannahill Walkway and the Tannahill Well, and Hugh MacDonald (1817-1860) by MacDonald’s Walks and the Bonnie Wee Well.
‘Keen blaws the win o’er the Braes o’ Gleniffer’ Robert Tannahill
The Country Park has the following attractions and activities:
Recreation Whatever the season there is always something for visitors of all ages to enjoy – woodland walks, wonderful views, peace and quiet, wide open spaces, moorland and hill grazing areas, streams and waterfalls, picnicking, walking the dog, bird watching, kite flying, Easter egg rolling and sledging in the snow.
Outdoor access For the serious walker or the person just out for a leisurely stroll there are miles of formal and informal paths throughout the Park.There is also a series of waymarked paths at MacDonald’s Walks, and signposted routes linking to wider walking networks outside the park including the Brandy Burn Way and the Fereneze Braes Path Network.
Responsible cyclists and horse riders are welcome, but please note there are some locations which are not suitable for cyclists or horse riders. Please contact the Land Services staff for more information about this.
Guided walks and activities Renfrewshire Council Ranger Service regularly lead guided walks through the park which are suitable for all the family. Walks and educational activities can also be booked for schools and organised groups.
Play areas There is a variety of play equipment for children of all ages at Robertson car park and Glen Park.
Panoramic views The views from each area of the Gleniffer Braes are spectacular especially from the Robertson car park, which offers superb views over Paisley and the Lower Clyde Valley to Ben Lomond beyond.
Wildlife The wildlife of the park is typical of woodland and moorland. Birds regularly seen include skylark, meadow pipit, kestrel and sparrowhawk. The tit families feed in the treetops along with goldcrest and chaffinches. Tree creepers can also be seen occasionally in Glen Park where the mature trees provide a constantly changing pattern of colour as the seasons progress. Colourful wild flowers include heath spotted orchid, wild pansy and tormentil on the grasslands, with red campion and herb robert in the woodlands. As dusk falls, shy roe deer step from the shawdows to graze, and tawny owls hunt for small mammals such as bank voles and woodmice.
Geological features The park is situated on the edge of the Clyde plateau lavas and one of its most interesting features is Gleniffer Gorge situated along the Tannahill walkway. It reaches about 15 metres (50 feet) deep in places and is eroded by the Gleniffer Burn, which runs along a geological dyke. Another feature is the outstanding Craigielinn waterfall in Glen Park where large icicles can be seen hanging in winter.
Opening times The country park is open every day of the year. The office and public toilet can be found in the Glen Lodge Visitor Centre which is open when staff are present. Please telephone beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Parking & Access Parking facilities are available at Robertson car park (Gleniffer Braes), Sergeantlaw Road, Braehead Road, Brownside Farm and Glen Park.
- Address: Gleniffer Braes Country Park, The Lodge House, Glenfield Road