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The local area guide to living in Bearsden

Bearsden is a large town on the outskirts of Glasgow in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Steeped in history, it is just a few miles away from the city centre, it is considered a suburb of Glasgow but has a very different social profile to the rest of the area. In 2005 it was described as the 7th-wealthiest area in Britain, and has less social housing than any other town in Scotland.

The famous Roman Antonine wall crossed the town, and other evidence of Roman occupation is present including a beautifully preserved military bath house.

Bearsden was just a small hamlet until the 19th century, when introduction of a railway line allowed succesful businessmen from Glasgow to make their homes there. Thanks to this, the town is marked by its enchanting Victorian architecture.

Despite its proximity to the city center, Bearsden has plenty of green to attract the eye including the Kilmardinny Loch Nature Reserve which features pretty woodlands along with the loch. It is home to some spectacular sculptures of characters from the famous children's book The Gruffalo (the author of which lived in Bearsden), and is a favourite with tourists and locals alike. Also within easy reach are several excellent golf courses, including one of the oldest in the world - The Glasgow Golf Club. Every year, Bearsden hosts a spectacular Highland Games alongside the nearby town of Milngavie.

Information about the local residents

Bearsden has a population of around 28,000, which has been fairly stable since the 1990s. Of this, nearly two thirds belong to social class ABC1, and a third are in C2DE. Around 60% of people are working age, while 17% are children aged 15 years and under and just under 20% are of pensionable age.

Bearsden is a relatively wealthy suburb, with the majority of working residents commuting into Glasgow every day. Astonishingly, there are estimated to be 176 millionaires living in Bearsden which compares to just 235 people receiving Jobseeker's Allowance.

On average there are 2.6 people living in each household. 33.6% of houses are semi-detached, 30% are detached, and 20% are flats. Just 15.6% are terraced.

Bearsden has been home to several famous or notable people. These include Julia Donaldson, author of the aforementioned book The Gruffalo, as well as painter Jessie M. King, poet Edwin Morgan, Olympian Katherine Grainger, and musician Alex Kapranos.

Nearby schools

Bearsden has two secondary schools within its boundaries, both of which perform extremely well. They are called Bearsden Academy and Boclair Academy and have both been ranked 'well above average' under inspection.

There are eight primary schools serving younger children, 5 of which feed into Bearsden Academy and 3 of which feed into Boclair. The fourth feeder school for Boclair is located a little way outside Bearsden in Torrance. The primary schools generally perform very well and offer excellent, well-rounded education. For this reason, as well as the excellent commuter links, Bearsden is a very popular town for families with children.

Getting around

Bearsden has excellent transport links serving commuters.

Bearsden, Westerton and Hillfoot stations all provide fantastic rail connections, with a train from Westerton taking 15 minutes to reach the town centre. Travel to the capital of Edinburgh takes a little over 90 minutes.

73% of working people in the area travel to work by car, a further 16% by train or bus, and 5% by other methods. By car, the primary artery roads are the A739, the A809, the A808 and the A81.

The nearest airport is Glasgow Airport, which offers domestic, European and even transatlantic flights.

Local shops

Bearsden is known to have a good array of independent shops and places to eat, and it also has its own leisure centre.

A stroll around the town centre will take you past Miss Vanity Fair, Piccolo Clothing, Paul Smith and various other outlets, big and small. While you explore there are also some excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants to relax in.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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