Living in Carmunnock

If you like a peaceful home that's well away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the chances are you will fall in love with Carmunnock. This tranquil village lying seven miles south of the centre of Glasgow is a popular spot for everyone from newlyweds and young families to retirees and city workers and all points in between. The fact that many residents are third or fourth generation locals tells you all you need to know about the benefits of living here.

Commuting to the heart of the city is easy from this region, thanks to the direct train links from nearby Busby to Glasgow Central, a journey which takes less than 25 minutes. Busby's station is located just off the main East Kilbride Road just over a mile away from Carmunnock. Anyone living in Muirend, Clarkston or anywhere else in the southern suburbs of Glasgow can always get into town with relative ease.

While the train links are understandably popular, there are other ways to get from A to B here. The 31 bus offers a convenient journey from East Kilbride via Carmunnock into Osborne Street in Glasgow, close to Argyle Street railway station. Motorists also have speedy access to Glasgow, via the B766 road or, to the west, junction 3 of the M77 at Darnley.

While a relatively small village in the Green Belt, Carmunnock is a close-knit community which offers residents a number of opportunities to get involved. The Recreation Club, which is open to all locals, plays host to a number of clubs and societies for youngsters and adults alike. It's located in Waterside Road, just a few yards from the historic Carmunnock Parish Church.

A green and pleasant land

There are of course plenty of houses to rent in Glasgow, but few of them will be surrounded by as much countryside as those in Carmunnock. Just to the north of the village lies the impressive Cathkin Braes Country Park, a 493-acre expanse of rural splendour which is popular with anyone who feels the need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

The park is around 200 metres above sea level, and the views from here to the north include the dramatic skyline of Glasgow's business quarter. On a clear day it's even possible to see many of Scotland's most famous mountains. Coulter's Wood is just to the east of Carmunnock, and it's wonderfully peaceful here, and the 35,000-plus trees make it especially pleasing on the eye.

While flats to rent in Glasgow in the busier neighbourhoods might offer more in the way of nightlife, sometimes you just can't beat a little peace and quiet. If you're a keen golfer, you will be spoilt for choice if you live in Carmunnock. There are some exceptional courses to be found here, including Cathkin Braes, East Kilbride, Cathcart Castle and The Williamwood.

As you might expect from a small village, there isn't a doctor's surgery in Carmunnock, although there are some in the local area. They include Giffnock Medical Centre, Sheddens Medical Practice and the Group Practice at Castlemilk. Nearby hospitals include the general hospital at Hairmyres in East Kilbride and, to the north, the New Victoria Hospital in Grange Road, Govanhill.

An idyllic village school

The village has its own school for the younger children, and it has proved to be a popular one over the years. Carmunnock Primary School is to be found on Waterside Road, and it provides a sound education for youngsters from the village and several outlying villages as well. Nearby secondary schools include Castlemilk High School and St Margaret Mary's in Birgidale Road.

Local housing options include a number of houses which were built in recent times, but some of the more historic properties are often more likely to catch the eye. This is a village that is steeped in heritage, and it plays host to a selection of character-filled cottages, many of which date back several hundred years.

Of all the areas of Glasgow, Carmunnock is undoubtedly one of the most iconic. To find out more about life in this highly attractive village, get in touch with the experts from Citylets at the earliest opportunity.


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