UK's Best Park - Scotland
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Think your local green space is the best in the country?
Voting is now closed for UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017. The parks nominated within Scotland are listed below. Voting closed at 5pm on Friday 3rd November and the winner of UK's Best Park 2017 will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29th November.
To view parks nominated in other areas around the UK simply follow one of the links below.
It's our only park serving a community of nearly 10,000 residents and we've fought so hard to save it from being developed on. We use it for events, galas, sport, play, dog walking, social engagement, flying kites, exercise, fresh air and fun. It's our special community green space, we love it!
Aden Country Park
Wonderful park, facilities and entertainment.
Balloch Castle Country Park
This park is quite simply the most stunning I have ever seen with its paths, castle, trees and spectacular views over Loch Lomond. It is visited on a daily basis by appreciative tourists from all over the world, a wonderful, magical place.
Barshaw Park is a community hub only one mile from the centre of Paisley. A Recent renovation has seen a new playpark and upgraded paths complemeting the existing pond, miniature railway, cycle area, BMX track, nature corner, cafe and fantastic leafy avenues and wide open spaces.
Possibly the best view of any Park in the country. A skate park, a swing park for children, football parks, and paths through well tended lawns. All things to all people, and just across the road from some of the best coffee and cake in Scotland.
A beautiful park, children's play area, pavilion used for weddings, bowling green, sports area. Great for a walk , jog around or sit and enjoy your surroundings.
It is a little wild/natural corner of the city, with plenty of trees and little paths to get 'lost' and feel that one is away and alone. A place to collect bramble and elder flower, enjoy bird song and the great vistas over Edinburgh. A place for all seasons.
Colzium Lennox Estate
A wealth of flora and fauna with meandering pathways throughout the park for walks in natural beauty. An area steeped in a colourful history for the curious. The park also features a mansion house, visitor centre, garden cafe, walled garden, adventure playground and ruined castle.
A pretty, tranquil riverside park full of trees and plenty of places to sit and clear your mind for a while. It's kept clean and tidy and has lovely staff and a cafe. There are some lovely cheap fun activities with the children's play area a big hit. Visitors say they will come back.
Taken over by the local community as council couldn’t afford to maintain it, Doune Ponds is an amazing local place. Wheelchair accessible track made by volunteers, ospreys nest there, new bridges built by volunteers, a truly beautiful place.
Duthie Park has something for everyone in the community: stunning winter gardens, where people can get married, three play areas for children of all ages, runners, cyclists, cricketers. Used by all from OAPs to babies, it's an amazing park.
It has a little of everything, lots of nice wildlife to look at and wild fruit to forage.
I walk through this park everyday to and from work. I am always impressed with how tidy and clean it is. There is always something to see. The changing of the seasons reflected in the plant life and atmosphere. Watching the rowers on the Clyde is a treat. Love it.
Originally called Fir Park then The Merchants Park before becoming a Victorian cemetery, the burial place of those that made Glasgow the Second City of the Empire. Situated on a hill above Glasgow Cathedral it is a 37 acres/15 hectare wildlife haven and very popular place to walk.
A much loved local park. Small but perfectly formed. A small and dedicated team of volunteers helps maintain and improve it and bring the community together with events. Enjoyed by all ages, the park is an oasis of green in the midst of narrow streets and winding lanes. A gem.
Hermitage of Braid
A change of view every 50 yards, the burn sparkling slowly in the summer, exciting in full spate in winter, the smell of wild garlic in the spring and the sound of crisp autumn leaves crunching under foot. Rain, snow, sun, wind - always changing.
This wonderful park on the north east corner of Glasgow, is affectionately known as Huggy Loch and used to be just the loch and a pitch and putt course. Now there is a very well developed piece of marshland attached. The loch and the marsh are a magnet for birds.
A haven of peace and quiet just minutes from the centre of Scotland's capital city. Arthurs Seat provides unparalleled views over Edinburgh and the Forth.
There are two children's play areas, a skate park, a pond, an outdoor gym, bowling greens, tennis courts, an Art Gallery & Museum, a University, two cafes, a bar, the river Kelvin, an amphitheatre, a fountain, monuments, flora, a Green Flag, a tree lined thoroughfare & a permanent, long standing Circus.
Lochend Park is a large green space in a densely populated area. It has a loch, woodland, a play area; something for everyone. It is an importartant wildlife haven with three species of bats, many nesting birds. It also has a rich archaeology and history. Much loved by locals.
Pittencrieff Park is beautiful and sits in the centre of Dunfermline town centre. It has six different entrances making it accessible for the enjoyment of people of all ages. A cafe, a wedding venue, the park is constructed in layers making it a really interesting place.
The 60 hectare Queens Park is the stunning heart of the Southside with panoramic views of the city, beautiful glasshouses, allotments, tennis courts, grand promenades, an amphitheatre style arena, huge ponds and woodland that help you forget you are in the city at all. A jewel in Glasgow’s crown.
A unique and excellent town centre public park.Created for the children of Renfrew Town in 1912 it's glory had faded in recent years. Local people still consider it to be the town's Crown Jewels and the Phase 1 of improvements have just completed- roll on more.
Rouken Glen Park
Being 2016 UK's Best Park, the greenspace continues to impress and be well-kept by everyone at East Renfrewshire Council and a fantastic place for families to enjoy the outdoors.
Beautiful trees, walks, pond, sculptures, small burn running through and also open spaces for sport and events with tearoom and art gallery in the grounds.
Seaton Park is a joyful mix of formal garden area, river walks, wetlands, parkland and even a "secret" garden - find it if you can! There is also a magnificent play area featuring Mr Therm and carriages which have been carefully refurbished for maximum fun for children. Come and enjoy!
Springburn Park is a beautiful, if sometimes underappreciated, gem in the north of Glasgow. It's full of history, boasts stunning views over Ben Lomond in the distance, and is home to the wonderful Springburn parkrun community of runners. There is a good campaign running to restore the old Winter Gardens.
A beautiful, tranquil centre of our community lovingly maintained by a passionate and hugely talented volunteer group.
It's a little jewel in the crown of our many beautiful green spaces. It is safe to walk in. Has beautiful swans that breed every year, wild fowl. A refurbished play area. Future improvements in hand. A definite asset to the community.
The Children's Wood
An amazing outdoor space in a rural area that gives children of all ages experiences they would otherwise miss out on.
The Helix Park
This was an area of waste land which over the last five years has been developed into a community facility. There are miles of walks on good (easy to push prams, bikes, etc) pathways, areas to observe wildlife, a play area with bits for all ages and accessible to all. Toilets and a cafe.
The Lodge Grounds
Large, open green space. Cafe run by young people in summer. Safe play area. Clear pathways. Beautiful views. Central for all. Beautifully maintained. Aviary. Seating areas. Relaxing. Safe for all.
Tollcross Park is an oasis in the centre of the East End of Glasgow, an area not known for its beauty, and often derided. The park is wonderful, containing the old winter gardens, a band-stand, allotments, a baseball pitch, swings, as well as the award-winning rose gardens.
Our unique park has a children's cycle training area, which is a mini roads complex with scaled down signage, both adult and children's exercise areas, a putting green and a Miners Heritage area featuring sized carvings of children at work in the mines in our beautifullly landscaped green space.
It is a beautiful well used park, it is a biodiverse wildlife habitat including two ponds. It has beautiful formal flower and rose gardens, recreational areas for sport, playpark and 325 million year old fossil grove. Park is well used by joggers, cyclists, families and dog walkers.