Town Centres

Town Centres


Bearsden is situated approximately six miles north of Glasgow city centre on the A809 road to Drymen and Loch Lomond.  The traditional town centre, known locally as ‘The Cross’, is an area with a high standard of amenities along with its heritage of Victorian and Edwardian stone-built houses.  The motto on the Bearsden town crest is ‘Bear the Gree’ which means to take first place.

‘Bearsden Cross’ is a small, traditional shopping centre which is vibrant and bustling.  There is a good range of shops, restaurants & cafes and services.  Most of the businesses tend to be local and independent and are committed to providing a high level of customer care and individuality.

Bearsden is close to and easily accessible from Glasgow by car bus or rail.  There are three main car parks located close to the centre, there are bus stops on Drymen Road and Bearsden Rail Station is only a short walk away.


Bishopbriggs is located on the northern edge of Glasgow. The town is on the main A803 road between Glasgow and Kirkintilloch.

The centre is a mixture of modern and Victorian buildings with the Triangle shopping centre on the east side of Kirkintilloch Road housing a supermarket and several shops. The west side is more traditional with shops on the ground floor of Victorian tenements.

There is a large car park at the Morrison’s supermarket which allows up to three hours' free parking. Bishopbriggs town centre is well serviced by public transport and Bishopbriggs rail station (on the main Glasgow/Edinburgh line) is centrally located.


Kirkintilloch is situated 10 miles north of Glasgow on the southern edge of the Kelvin Valley.  It is the principal town in East Dunbartonshire and is known as ‘The Canal Capital of Scotland’ as it is the only town along the Forth and Clyde corridor to have the canal passing through its town centre.

Kirkintilloch town centre has a wide range of shops and services and is the main shopping centre [opens in a new window] for the local catchment and surrounding area.  The main street is made up of Cowgate which accommodates the Regent Centre and Townhead which is joined by the Canal.

Kirkintilloch is close to Glasgow and is accessible from other towns in East Dunbartonshire.  There is a regular bus service from Glasgow and Bishopbriggs and a half hourly train service from Glasgow to nearby Lenzie Station. There are a number of car parks located around the town centre including a small multi storey car park at the Regent Centre.

The Council has established a Champions group and is delivering the Town Centre Masterplan which defines the future development plans for the town.


Milngavie is located to the north west of Glasgow in the valley of the River Allander.  The town centre is known locally as ‘Milngavie Precinct’ and is based around the original village.  It has been pedestrianised since the 1970’s.

‘Milngavie Precinct’ is a predominantly retail centre with a mix of small independent businesses and national companies.  The precinct is a vibrant centre of the community and also offers a wide range of other services from banks & building societies to travel agents, opticians, doctor & dental surgeries.

Milngavie is a gateway to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and is the start of the West Highland Way long distance footpath. Glasgow is close by and accessible by road and rail. There is a regular bus service to Glasgow and the rail station is linked to the Precinct via a pedestrian underpass. The precinct is adjoined by a number of public car parks which provide car parking close to the pedestrianised area.