Unknown Glasgow - the Crookston Castle Circuit

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.

For further information on Unknown Glasgow walks, please refer to 'Discussions' at the top of the page under the relevant heading.

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.

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  • graham c.

    found it fasinating

    December 9, 2013

  • Matt A.

    Would have loved attending but I'm afraid Seasonal pressures dictate it's too close to Christmas and there are so many things still to do....Sadly, I'm going to have to miss this one, but I do hope a return visit may be a possibility?
    Anyway, I hope the weather is kind, and that you all enjoy what looks like a very interesting trip....

    December 3, 2013

    • sean

      It's unlikely there'll be a repeat, Matt. Too many other projects planned. But, if you let me know your e-mail, I will send map of route you can do in your own time.

      December 6, 2013

    • Matt A.

      Thanks Sean.... [masked]

      December 6, 2013

  • Margaret C.

    Hi Sean would like to come along on Saturday if possible and pay you then if possible.
    Regards Margaret

    December 6, 2013

  • sean

    On the matter of payment for walks, I would prefer people to go through the Paypal system if possible. The sum involved is only modest but prepayment at least ensures some sort of commitment to attend on the day. Walks are very prone to late cancellations and no-shows as folk are often put off by the weather and since this a small walking group, I am keen to avoid that. However, I will leave the matter open until Wednesday midnight and,if there are still spaces left then I will allocate them to those who just want to pay on the day.

    December 1, 2013

  • Norma W

    Sorry can't make it but really like the idea of these walks.perhaps you could post the route Sean and I can attempt it in my own time as I am particularly interested in this area.

    November 30, 2013

    • sean

      I'm afraid the route is mostly in my head rather than on paper, Norma but if you send me your e-mail address, I will add a map as an attachment on my reply.

      December 1, 2013

  • Helena M.

    Hi, like wise I would like to £pay on the day.
    Many thanks

    December 1, 2013

  • graham c.

    Looking forward to seeing this particular castle. I will be on my own,Helen thinks this is a good group,but has appointment this day.

    November 27, 2013

  • Eleanor B.

    I would like to come that day but Sean could I pay on the day as I don't have a paypal account.

    November 27, 2013

  • Joan S.

    Sorry helping at a coffee morning.

    November 26, 2013

  • Barbara G.

    Unfortunately I've an emergency choir practice that day. Great pity, I would have loved to participate. (Will try to get some photos to you soon, Sean).

    November 26, 2013

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