Crookston / Hawkhead / Hurlet Circular

5.3 miles – Approx 1hour 30minutes to 2hours


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We started this circular route at Crookston Railway Station which is on the Paisley Canal line from Glasgow Central. Head out from the station facing south and turn right and then take the first left through the grey three storied houses onto Cairnhill Drive and head up to Cairnhill Circus.

On Cairnhill Circus turn right and walk about 170 yards and turn right into the lane beside house number 80. This lanes takes you onto Scott’s road which is more a dirt track for most of it. The path roughly follows the route of the railway line on the right hand side and farmland on the left. The imposing tower of Leverndale looms over most of the walk.

Leverndale Tower Crookston - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

Leverndale Tower Crookston - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

The 120-ft tower was once part of Leverndale Hospital which was originally called Hawkhead aslyum and built for the Govan District Lunacy Board in 1895. The tower is now surrounded by modern housing and small hospital units.

As you continue alongside the railway you pass through a farm yard with stables and farm house on the left hand side, watch out for the barking dogs.  Scott’s Road open us from the farmland onto a road which services an Industrial estate. Carry onto the end and turn left at Hawkhead Road. After a short time you will pass the Hawkhead cemetery gates on the left hand side. This is Paisley’s foremost cemetery and includes a memorial to the seventy children who died in the Glen Cinema on the 31st December 1929.

Hawkead Cemetery - Funeral for some of the victims of the Glen Cinema Disaster

Hawkead Cemetery - Funeral for some of the victims of the Glen Cinema Disaster

If you continue along Hawkhead Road turn left at the roundabout onto Hurlet Road (A726), The Hurlet doesn’t have too many buildings these days but it once was a small village with miners cottages and it’s been suggested on a few sites that Charles Rennie Mackintosh also lived in the village. At the end of Hurlet Road with it’s junction with Nitshill Road you will see a  generic Brewers Fayer / Berni Inn pub on the right hand side.

Take the next left and this will take you onto Barrhead Road (A736) and follow this for just under half a mile before taking a left at traffic lights onto Crookston Road. You can follow Crookston Road all the way back to Crookston Station and the start of our route or you could make a slight detour at Brockburn Road and have a look at Crookston Castle.

No Sleep Till Crookston - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

No Sleep Till Crookston - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

The present structure dates from 1400 but Archaeological evidence says that there have been structures on the site from 12th Century. Mary Queen of Scots has said to have married Lord Darnley here in 1565 and the building was the first to be acquired by the National Trust for Scotland.