Dams to Darnley Country Park

Dams to Darnley Country Park is a partnership project between East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils. The country park sits in the greenspace between Barrhead, Darnley and Newton Mearns.

Follow the country park's progress to date and keep up with all the latest news and future plans.


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Autumn leaves

The leaves in golden browns lay on the woodland floor

Path beside Balgray Reservoir

About the country park

East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils are developing a new country park called Dams to Darnley.

view of the tower in the Barrhead Dams

Visit us

Find out where the country park is and how to get there. A map showing the location of the country park and the network of paths within it is available.

Bicycle going through a puddle


The country park offers a great setting for a variety of outdoor pursuits including walking, cycling and horse riding and orienteering.

Swan feeding at the Barrhead dams


The country park is made up of a mosaic of different habitats, providing homes for many species of plants and animals.

Councillors and officials visit the Barrhead dams (1899)


The country park and its surrounding area is rich in local history.

Countryside Park rangers

Countryside rangers

Throughout the year the countryside rangers lead events and health walks, as well as offering opportunities for volunteers. Countryside ranger led activities for schools are detailed within an environmental education pack. A booking form is included in the pack.

Sunset over the Barrhead dams

Image gallery

Within the website you can find galleries of photographs taken in the country park.