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The local area guide to living in Thornliebank

A quiet suburb of Glasgow, Thornliebank is just six miles outside of the city centre with all of its big city charms. Yet, at the same time, this neighbourhood enjoys a peaceful, laid-back residential ambience. It’s located in East Renfrewshire, Scotland, and offers a range of transport links to access greater Glasgow.

The first official mention of Thornliebank was on a 1795 map, where it was called ‘Thorny Bank’ due to its abundance of thorny trees. The village grew throughout the 19th century, due in no small part to the local Thornliebank Printworks, where locally woven linen was printed by the Crum family.

Today, Thornliebank is a popular residential neighbourhood known for its excellent schools, convenient transportation, and abundant local services.

Information about the local residents

The population of Thornliebank has grown slightly from 3,980 at the time of the 2001 census to 4,051 in 2011. Many residents of this quiet suburb are long-term residents, and there is a high percentage of residents over the age of 65. In fact, nearly half of residents in the Thornliebank postcode are 65+, though the area also appeals to families with small children. According to the latest census figures, 29% of residents are widowed, and there are a higher percentage of women than men. Approximately 96% of residents are British, with the remaining group primarily Indian or Pakistani.

Employment among residents is varied. While many residents are retired, those of working age mainly commute into Glasgow city centre. Occupations listed at the time of the 2011 census include education, retail, and social work as the primary industries for residents of Thornliebank.

Nearby schools

Thornliebank’s educational institutions are one of its greatest strengths. Thornliebank Primary and Nursery School serves the community with a school vision that supports safety, courtesy, and a caring attitude. The latest inspection from Education Scotland was carried out in 2011, and noted the ‘welcoming, friendly learning environment’ as one of the school’s notable strengths. Overall, both the primary and nursery schools earned a rating of ‘very good’ based on this inspection.

At secondary school level, Woodfarm High School serves approximately 800 students, situated in the Woodfarm area of Thornliebank. It was rated as ‘very good’ or ‘outstanding’ in all categories in the latest report from Education Scotland. Prestigious St. Ninians’ High School is also located in neighbouring Eastwood, and is regarded as one of the top schools not only in Glasgow but in all of Scotland.

Getting around

Thornliebank is very well-connected with the rest of Glasgow as well as East Kilbride. Regular trains run from Thornliebank Station to both East Kilbride and Glasgow Central, typically every 30 minutes in both directions. First Glasgow operates a number of bus routes through Thornliebank, connecting the suburb with other destinations in Glasgow’s Southside including Ibrox and Shawlands, as well as the city centre. Regular buses also run to and from the Silverburn Shopping Centre. Just six miles to the south of Glasgow’s city centre, motorists can access the city and destinations throughout Scotland via the M77 motorway.

Local shops

Thornliebank’s Main Street offers a number of convenient services for residents, including the Thornliebank Health Centre, a library branch, Thorntree Hall, and the Thornliebank Bowling Club. Churches on this main street also include Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Church of Scotland. A Boots Pharmacy and Farmfoods are also located on this main street, and all the cafes and boutiques of upscale Giffnock are within walking distance, as well as a Whole Foods Market and Morrison’s.

For major high street retailers, Silverburn Shopping Centre is a short drive or bus ride away. Here, you’ll find brand names including Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, and H&M, along with a brand new cinema and sleek food court. Central Glasgow shopping destinations like Buchanan Street are also within easy reach.


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


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