Cuningar Loop is a Forestry Commission park over in Rutherglen. It’s a Commonwealth Wood, part of the 2014 games legacy. The £5.7 million legacy project has transformed 15 hectares of derelict, unused land and it’s an amazing change to the area and I personally did not expect to find this 15 minutes drive from my front door.

Cunlingar Loop is set in a gorgeous setting with over 15,000 trees including silver birch, maples and lime trees and a wild flower meadow. I like to find new things to do in and around Glasgow with my family and this is a brilliant place to visit as it’s completely free with lots to keep kids of all ages busy so I think it’s worth planning a visit.

The park has so many things to see and explore few and is suitable for all ages. The first thing we spotted when walking into the park was the bike skills area which had 2 kids having a great time going over the humps of the track.

It also boasts Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park and we watched some professionals climbing the largest boulder and having a great time.

My wee family – well we spent most of our time in the adventure playground it has a sand pit, swings, tree tunnel, climbing frames, monkey bars, a bridge, and my daughter’s favourite, a slide. It was brilliant and kept my 4 year old and 20 month old busy for an hour.

Everything in the park had a very forest like feel using planks of wood and had wooden sculptures throughout the park like a giant chair. My daughter was convinced that giants live in the park after seeing that!


After running around in the park for an hour we took a lovely walk around the loop through the woodlands looking at the different sculptures, trees flowers until we reached the boardwalk which goes alongside the river Clyde. The boardwalk was brilliant; nice and smooth which is great if you have a pram or bike and not a muddy puddle in sight which is a good thing especially walking next to a river. It was a really nice place for a family walk nice and quiet and peaceful.

What you will find:

  • Adventure play facilities
  • A bike-track
  • boulder park
  • Trim trail outdoor gym
  • Large meadow
  • picnic areas
  • Amphitheatre for outdoor learning
  • Boardwalk running parallel to River Clyde
  • A new bridge linking the wood to the Athletes’ Village
  • Parking – no car park however the surrounding streets are free to park so I had no issues parking
  • Construction traffic as work is still going on in a section of the park
  • Facilities on site
  • Portaloos
  • Wee Cabin Cafe:
  • Ice cream van

Here’s the link to Cuningar Loop on the Forestry Commission’s website if you fancy giving it a try:

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