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With a network of well maintained trails, some fascinating historical sites and a selection of good cafes, it's clear to see why Pollok Country Park is a popular spot for Glaswegians in search of an easily accessible walk. The park is named after the Pollok Estate, which was once one of the largest private estates in the country. The Estate was originally owned by the Maxwell family, who had acquired the land in the 13th century.
Over time, the family amassed great wealth and power, becoming one of the most prominent families in Scotland. In the 18th century, the family built a grand country house on the estate, known as Pollok House.
The house was designed in the Georgian style and was surrounded by extensive gardens and parkland. In the 20th century, the estate was inherited by the last surviving member of the Maxwell family, Anne Maxwell Macdonald.
Macdonald was a passionate supporter of the arts and used her wealth to support local artists and musicians. When Macdonald died in 1930, she left the estate to the people of Glasgow.
The city council decided to turn the estate into a public park and began work on transforming the grounds into a recreational space. The park was officially opened in 1966 and has since become one of the most popular parks in Scotland.
The park covers over 360 acres and features a range of attractions, including woodland trails, gardens, a boating pond, and a popular herd of Highland cattle. Pollok House has also been preserved and is open to the public as a museum.
The house contains a range of artworks and historical artefacts, including the Burrell Collection, a collection of art and antiques donated to the city of Glasgow by Sir William Burrell. The loop walk shown here will take you on some of the best trails on the estate and to Pollok House itself.