About the place
East Kilbride, the largest town in South Lanarkshire, is just eight miles southeast of Glasgow, with towns like Castlemilk and Clarkston close by. As Scotland’s first ‘new town’, designated in 1947, there is plenty of post-war housing. But the old area of the town, known as the Village, has many attractive historic buildings, attractive cobbled streets and plenty of pubs, restaurants and services. East Kilbride is surrounded by natural beauty, with Cathkin Brae Country Park to the north, and attractive fields and countryside on its outskirts.
The area has great public transport services including bus services around East Kilbride and to nearby towns, with the bus station located in the Village. East Kilbride train station offers a half hourly service into Glasgow Central Station, while the road and motorway network gives access throughout the central belt and further afield. For cyclists, the National Cycling Route connects East Kilbride with Rutherglen and the city boundary, and the East Kilbride Cycle Network can take you around the town and into the surrounding countryside.
The Dollan Aqua Centre is an almost Olympic-sized swimming pool in a unique A-listed 1960s building with a concrete structure and huge vaulted roof. Just outside of East Kilbride is the National Museum of Rural Life, based at Wester Kittochside farm, and where you can explore a 1950s working farm and find out all about farm practices.
For those who love immersing themselves in nature, there are many opportunities for getting out and enjoying woodland trails and waterfalls. Calderglen Country Park has 5km of trails through the wooded glen and Rotten Calder River, and the park also features a zoo and tropical glasshouse to keep children entertained. The James Hamilton Heritage Park contains a 16 acre loch with a water sports centre, offering the opportunity to do canoeing and windsurfing. To the west of the town is Rouken Glen Park with its walled garden, boating pond and waterfall surrounded by rich woodland. Langlands Moss is a local nature reserve with a peat raised bog and boardwalk to observe the wildlife.
Cafes and restaurants
The Village has a lot of cafes, pubs and restaurants to visit including Auld Raes, serving modern Scottish cuisine, and The Torrance Hotel, Bar and Restaurant for breakfast, dinner or afternoon tea.
The Plaza Shopping Centre has a wide variety of high street shops, restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and an ice rink. East Kilbride Village Theatre puts on a good programme of plays and musicals, including a panto every year, and also has a busy theatre bar. East Kilbride Arts Centre has a studio theatre, gallery space and café.
Famous for: The first designated ‘new town’ in Scotland
House types: Post-war housing, modern family homes
Transport links: Excellent train service to Glasgow, buses and motorway access
Address to impress: Stewartfield
Best on a budget: Douglas Drive and areas around Greenhills Road
GSPC ref: 243920
This beautifully presented four bedroom detached home is set in a quiet cul-de-sac, making it a perfect place to raise a family. The home has a sweeping driveway and double garage, a private, well-maintained garden, and contemporary interiors which offer great comfort. The modern kitchen, as well as being stylish with its granite worktops and Belfast sink, is extremely well-equipped and has double doors that lead to the garden. The upper floors contain the four double bedrooms, en suite and family bathroom.
This good value two bedroom flat offers great views of East Kilbride from its top floor location. The long reception hallway leads to the bright lounge/dining room with south-facing balcony, and a modern kitchen with white units and wooden worktop. The home also has two double bedrooms, a family bathroom and good storage. There is a secure door entry system, and the close is clean and well-maintained, having recently been repainted.