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Glasgow Family Friendly Suburbs

by Jemma (follow)
Tips and suggestions on where to live in Glasgow.

Recently in our Glasgow Mums discussion group, a member asked:

"Me and my partner are looking to move to Glasgow very soon for his work. Just wondering what nice/family friendly suburbs I should be looking into? Thanks."


You lovely bunch were so helpful in giving your suggestions, that we've complied them together into the below list.

We hope it helps other newcomers to Glasgow and its surroundings, or even those of you who are thinking of moving to a different area.
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North

"Milngavie / Bearsden are nice child friendly areas with good schools... under East Dumbartonshire Council."

"Bearsden and Milngavie are lovely, very family friendly, with great schools and excellent transport links. Also lots of nice pubs and restaurants."

"Bearsden & Milngavie have good schools, lots of family activities, restaurants, bars and only 15/20 minutes on the train into the city centre."

"Bearsden, Milngavie... great family areas and great schools."

"I live in Bearsden with my hubby and 3 year old... East Dunbartonshire. Very safe neighbourhood and loads of facilities for kids as well as public transport links."

"My mum and gran moved to Bishopbriggs they prefer that buses every 20 minutes close to train station only 10 minutes on train to city centre if that if you do choose Bishopbriggs head towards the asda and oregano its lovely there 😊"

"Bishopbriggs much better transport links than Bearsden and Milngavie also East Dunbartonshire and you get more for your money here. Good schools good luck 😊"

"Kirkintilloch is lovely."

"I have lived all over Glasgow including East Renfrewshire. I'm currently in Lenie East Dunbartonshire and love it. Kirkintilloch / Lenzie are gorgeous areas."

"Lenzie in East Dunbartonshire."

"Kirkintilloch and Lenzie in East Dunbartonshire. Lenzie is expensive though but has train station. At the foot of the Campsie hills, great transport links to Glasgow, safe, lots of lovely walks including the canal (pub on canal), some good schools including Lenzie Academy and Kirkintilloch Baptist Church if you want a lively family filled church with lots of kids and teenagers."

"Westerton! It's the best place to live in the world! Slight exaggeration..."

"Iíll second Westerton, amazing place close to train station, good nurseries/schools, village community feel. Couple of houses for sale in the conservation village which is beautiful."

" I think Dumbarton is a great place. Good transport to the city and Clydebank. Lovely parks and outdoor space and the castle. Leisure centre and a good mixture of styles of homes. Balloch park and Lochlomond on the doorstep too."

"We have lived in the West End, Southside & central but moved to the North four years ago and love it. We have lived in Torrance and Lennoxtown and now settled in Kilsyth. Great schools, village atmosphere with beautiful countryside and the Campsie hills on your doorstep & 5 minutes to the M80. Housing is also excellent value for money. Glasgow is a fantastic city so Iím sure youíll enjoy wherever you choose."
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South

"East Renfrewshire is lovely, just make sure there is great open spaces available, shops nearby and local activities going on."

"East Renfrewshire has three of the top performing state secondary schools in Scotland so definitely worth considering. It also has lots of lovely areas: Newton Mearns, Giffnock, Clarkston, Netherlee to name a few."

"Barrhead and Neilston are also in East Renfrewshire and have really lovely areas. Neilston was voted the best place in Scotland to live and isnít as expensive as Newton Mearns etc."

"Shawlands and surrounding areas are great for families Ė I love living here with my wee boy."

"Giffnock is my "if I win the lottery" place for sure. It's absolutely lovely."

"Burnside is lovely and has great nursery/school catchment. Not as pricey as East Ren. Lots of nice parks and family/community things going on. Transport link are great too. Low level train takes 9 minutes to get to Glasgow centre."

"Try Cambuslang. In particular the newly estates of Drumsagard and Newton. Best of luck."

"Stewarton is a great place to live in East Ayrshire. Great rail link into the city centre in half an hour, good schools, nice community feel. In the country but very close to the motorway. Lots of activities for kids, nice shops etc. My husband commutes into Glasgow everyday with ease."

"East Renfrewshire Eaglesham is a gorgeous wee countryside village but also Clarkston, Newton Means, Netherlee."

"Newton Means, Netherlee, Giffnock, Busby, Clarkston, Eaglesham all have great schools too."

"Not sure if Ferniegair (near Hamilton) is too far out but itís great for the motorway and has a direct train link into central Glasgow. Very up and coming (apparently) as lots of new housing. Alternatively Iíd look at Uddingston 🙂"

"I second this. I lived in Uddingston and moved to Ferniegair. Both are lovely but I'm now moving back to Uddingston, and I work in a nursery there, the schools and nurseries are great."
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West

"We live in Knightswood in a very quite area looking into a beautiful open space and have wonderful neighbours."

"West End of Glasgow. Lovely vibe and loads of green spaces."

"If you like the West End but too pricey worth looking at Scotstoun. Lovely Victorian terraces in the conservation area, great leisure centre, lovely park (Victoria park), think primary schools are good and some areas poss in Jordanhill catchment area which is supposed to be v good school."

"I second the West End. Kelvindale is very family friendly and not too far from the city centre."

"Broomhill is a lovely area and you get the best of everything. It has a lovely community, brand new primary school, lovely wee park and it is a good location for travelling into town."'

"The west end is fabulous. You can decide if you want a flat within walking distance of cafes etc or you could move to Jordanhill or Knightswood where it is more suburban. Jordanhill is expensive because the school has the best results of any comprehensive school in the country. However, you will have to live here for years, but a house and it depends on the age of your children."
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East

"Gartcosh is a lovely wee village with new houses being built."
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Do you have any other family friendly suburb suggestions in Glasgow? Let us know!

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