Langside Heritage Trail
Welcome to Langside Heritage Trail. We hope you enjoy finding out more about the community and seeing some fascinating sites.
Langside Heritage Trail is available here to download at the bottom of this page.
The map (pages 40 & 41) shows the trail, refreshment opportunities and some optional extra places to explore if you have time! The core trail, marked in red, is about 3.2 km long. The entire trail covers 6.5km. You can spend a morning or afternoon or sample it. You can join the trail anywhere it suits you.
It is best by foot but, as there are steep hills, driving may suit you better if your mobility is restricted.
Please respect the privacy of privately owned properties on this trail.
Introduction to Langside
Langside is one of the oldest and most event-filled areas on the south side of Glasgow. There is evidence of prehistoric settlement, a community of radical weavers and some stately houses and villas, before it became fully urbanised and one of the major local historical attributes was that Mary Queen of Scots finally lost her kingdom at the Battle of Langside.
The White Cart Water to the south and the two long hills with summits in Queen's Park and Mansion house Road define its hilly and surprisingly wooded character. The name Langside - long hill - refers to this feature.
Langside, Crossmyloof and Cathcart were all part of the ancient parish of Cathcart. Langside village originated at the cross-roads between the north-south route from the crossing of White Cart Water to the centre of Glasgow, and the east-west path from Crossmyloof down Lang Loan (Battlefield Road). Until well into the twentieth century the area encompassed the Battlefield area as well as modern day Langside. It formally became part of Glasgow in 1891.