Mugdock on track for more success in 2015

Cllr Eric Gotts at Visitor Centre Mugdock for story on survey into visitor numbers. Eric with Janet Fiddes from Stables Gift Shop.
Cllr Eric Gotts at Visitor Centre Mugdock for story on survey into visitor numbers. Eric with Janet Fiddes from Stables Gift Shop.

Visitors are flocking to a popular country park in their droves . . . according to the latest figures released just before Christmas.

It’s been revealed that 454,281 people visited Mugdock Country Park between April and November in 2014 - an increase of more than 15,600 on the same period in 2013.

There are now exciting plans by East Dunbartonshire and Stirling Councils - who run the park through an arms length committee - to build on this success.

People who use the park include walkers, runners, cyclists, horse riders and families.

Plans for 2015 include refurbishing the visitor centre and office accommodation.

The work will be carried out over the quieter winter months, with the centre due to open in March.

Councillor Eric Gotts, chairman of Mugdock Country Park Joint Management Committee, said: “I am delighted that more and more people - from East Dunbartonshire and beyond - are discovering the wonderful natural and built attractions of Mugdock.

“It has been a successful past six months, but no one is resting on their laurels and efforts have been underway for some time to ensure Mugdock continues to shine in 2015 and in future years.”

The committee also has plans to work more closely with businesses and build on current successes.

Some of these include the Stables Tearoom, Caulders Garden Centre, Mugdock Makkers and Charlie’s Theatre Bar. Discussions are also taking place with the Astronomical Society of Glasgow, regarding the potential of setting up an observatory in the park.

For more information go to www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk