Draft Mugdock Strategy 2022-27: Appendix 2 - Existing Park Assessment

Appendix 2: Existing Park Assessment


Elements Core Facilities Assessment of Asset
Requires Investment
Requires Investment
Requires Investment
Access/Town Connections X     Weak connections
Public Transport Connectivity X     No public transport. No direct connections from Town Centre or Station
Internal Path Networks / Trails   X   Good range of paths surfaced and unsurfaced trails / routeing clear but lacking hierarchy
Wider Green Network Links X     Wider network connections unclear. Mid forest connections. Legibility poor
Visitor Centre Facilities   X   Requires consideration regarding relocated facility
Theatre   X   Unique offer
Secondary Bldgs / Facilities   X   Hireable facilities & Educational use primary purpose
Mugdock Castle     X Adds to site character and offer
Craigend Castle X     Good interpretation would benefit from more work on setting
Play Facilities X     Lack accessible play and site specific character
Interpretation & signage   X   Good quality information would benefit from creation of legible sign family
Woodland Assets   X   Core environmental assets
Ranger Service     X Positive comment. Enthusiastic and customer focused team. Dedicated sense of commitment and interest
WWII Gunsites X     Lacks Interpretation




Walking/ Dog Walking

Most popular activity, paths mainly unsurfaced.


Paths no surfaced/ no changing facilities, use limited.


No on site cycle hire


2 areas, at visitor centre and within woodland

Wildlife/ Bird Watching

Offering opportunities to see a variety of animals/ birds

Toadstool Sculpture Trail

In woodland areas


Covered BBQ areas, popular and well used

Picnic Areas

Well used in proximity to play area

Horse Riding

Paths used by local stables

Seasonal Trails

Fairy trails in Craigend wood, Christmas trail and Santa’s workshop

Wildlife/ Birdwatching

Offering to see deer, badgers, pine martins, birds of prey etc.

Forest Schools

Offering education in the park


Elements Core Facilities Assessment of Asset
Requires Investment
Requires Investment
Requires Investment
Caulders Garden Centre     X Brings a lot of people to MCP
Mugdock Makkers     X Good quality range of merchandise
Charlie's Coffee Shop     X  
Stables Tearoom     X  




Walks/ Talks/ Activities and Events

Programming of Formal/ Informal Learning offered by Ranger Services including Lads and dads Map reading/ Sensational Safari/ Wildlife Weans/ Forest Schools

School Outings

Nursery Groups and Lower Primary School outings

Traditional Craft/ Woodland Courses

Hosted by Rangers

Volunteer Days

Opportunities to work in wider park

Stargazing at Mugdock

Led by Rangers with future Astrological Society connections 


Hosted at Mugdock

Pop Up Opera

Scottish Opera

Cross Country Dog Agility

Covering wide areas of the park

Theatre events

Plays and Filming


Held in walled garden and available marquee for use