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The Local Area Guide to living in Milngavie

Pronounced 'mill-guy”, Milngavie is a tranquil commuter community in East Dunbartonshire, located six miles outside of Glasgow. It's also the starting point of the West Highland Way, Scotland's foremost long-distance walking trail which spans a distance of 95 miles all the way to Fort William. Although many residents choose to live in Milngavie for its close proximity to Glasgow, it's more than just a mere dormitory town and has experienced a fascinating transition from country village to industrial centre over the centuries.

Modern Milngavie features a quaint pedestrian-friendly town centre to explore, lined with bustling shops and restaurants. Residents also flock to Mugdock Country Park when it's time to relax, conveniently located just outside the town with its wildlife and woodland walks. The Clober Golf Club, Dougalston Golf Club, and Milngavie and Bearsden Sports Club all provide ample leisure opportunities.

Information about the local residents

First and foremost, Milngavie's convenient location makes it a popular commuter town, and in the mornings you'll see a high number of the town's professional working adults making the journey through to Glasgow. Yet it's also a popular retirement destination, perhaps for its laid-back atmosphere, traditional shops, and abundance of golf and leisure facilities. In fact, over 22 percent of the population are of pensionable age, while nearly 60 percent are of working age. According to a National Records Scotland 2010 Mid-Year Estimate, the total population of Milngavie was 13,448 at this time, but is now estimated to be closer to 14,000 as more young professionals, families, and pensioners move into the area. There were recently 5,897 households listed, primarily consisting of either detached or semi-detached residences.

Nearby Schools

Although Milngavie's popular with commuters, many of these workers have families and to that end the educational opportunities are a prime feature of this town. There are four state-funded primary schools within Milngavie, including Clober Primary, Craigdhu Primary, and Milngavie Primary. St Joseph's Primary School is a Roman Catholic school, which is also state funded. In terms of private education, the community is also home to Atholl Preparatory School, which is part of the larger Glasgow Academy. Atholl is available for primary students only, who typically move on to the main senior school in Glasgow's West End.

Douglas Academy is a secondary school located within Milngavie, particularly well known for its Music School. To gain entrance to the music program, students must audition. Over half of all students at Douglas Academy gained five or more Highers, according to the latest tables in the Daily Record. The majority of school leavers from Douglas Academy go on to pursue higher education.

Getting Around

Milngavie is easily accessible by train, bus, or car. There's a railway station in town which runs regular services to Lanark, Motherwell, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. The Milngavie railway station is located on the SPT rail network, along the North Clyde line with swift links to Glasgow Central. Buses run speedy services to nearby Kirkintilloch and Glasgow, while those travelling by car will reach Glasgow easily via the A81 or A879 motorways. Edinburgh is just over an hour's drive away via the M8 or M9, making it also within commuting distance for Milngavie residents.

Local Shops

Although it's only a short train ride away from central Glasgow's Style Mile, Milngavie boasts no shortage of major brand names on its own high street. Marks and Spencer, Boots, M&Co, and Townhead Carpets all line the main pedestrianized high street, along with a number of charity shops, florists, and small businesses from cobblers to dry cleaners. There's also a Tesco Superstore in town, filled to the brim with groceries, clothing, and electrical appliances.

Looking for something a bit different? Milngavie's farmer's market is open throughout the year, featuring fresh produce from all over Scotland. It's an essential first stop for walkers on the West Highland Way, and a leisurely way to spend a weekday stroll in town.

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