This is the first of two Unknown Glasgow walks with a (vaguely) Mary Queen of Scots theme for it was at Crookston Castle that she was reputedly betrothed to the ill-fated Lord Darnley. The walk will also take in Rosshall Park with its intriguing grotto and hidden caves plus the old Hawkhead Lunatic Asylum and its iconic, antique water tower (watch out for the ghost of the Grey Lady who is supposed to haunt the place!).
The distance is about 4 - 5 miles on good surfaces and mainly flat terrain. Trainers or comfortable walking shoes/light boots (preferably waterproof) should be adequate. Otherwise come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day.
Please bring a torch to explore the castle and snack/drink for a midday break.
Afterwards we will adjourn to a local hostelry for a well-earned pint...
Please note that although these walks are not particularly difficult, a certain amount of walking ability is required. Also that in the event of accident, walkers attend at their own risk.
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Travel: Crookston Station is on the Glasgow-Paisley Canal line. There is a train from Glasgow Central at 10.42 arriving at Crookston at 10.54. The walk will finish here also so it's worth getting a return ticket if taking this option.
Buses 7, 9 and 38 pass along Paisley Road West past the top of Crookston Road (9 seems the most direct and regular) from Glasgow City centre. Alight there and the station is only a five minute walk away.
Parking available in nearby streets.
Please note also that this is a Saturday event.