Garscube 4460

Glasgow, Scotland

Brief Description

Garscube is a remnant of a large 19th-century estate that originally extended over the River Kelvin into the City of Glasgow. Although parts are now given over to housing and recreational activities, the designed landscape, especially by the river around the former house site, retains an attractive character.


Garscube estate was in the hands of the Campbells of Succoth and their descendants from 1687 to the mid-20th century. A formal designed landscape that was in place by the mid-18th century was informalised by the end of the century and further developed in the 19th century. A new house was built in 1827. By the mid-19th century the estate was renowned for its tree planting and included a walled garden, home farm and parkland. By the mid-20th century parts of the estate were being sold off for housing and other development and in 1947 the house and some remaining policies were bought by Glasgow University.

Detailed Description

The former Garscube estate is split geographically between East Dunbartonshire and the City of Glasgow. The part in East Dunbartonshire is situated west and north of the River Kelvin and comprises the former house site, Garscube Bridge, drives, tree belts, the home farm (now part of the Veterinary School) and the brick walls of the walled garden. There is housing in the northern part of the site and university sports facilities in the centre.

Around the former house site the river flows broad between steep banks, and a specimen horse chestnut remains on the old lawn, as well as rhododendron shrubbery. There are no gardens. Tree belts survive along the north drive and river, on the western boundary and around the housing estate. On the north drive some of the trees are over 200 years old. Footpaths run along the river on the site of the north drive and the public have access to these from Maryhill Road.

  • House (featured building)
  • Description: Garscube House, which replaced an earlier house, was demolished in 1954.
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  • Ornamental Bridge
  • Description: Garscube Bridge.
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0131 668 8600

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  • University of Glasgow

    University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ