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Scottish Developments for Active Retirees

Nicole Baines

Nicole Baines

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Health & Wellbeing

Make the most of your retirement and enjoy more time for the things that matter, whatever that might be. 

At McCarthy & Stone, we understand that retirement doesn’t necessarily mean a slower pace of life, but simply more time for things you want to do. With no large garden to maintain and general upkeep taken care of by an experienced house manager, our developments leave our homeowner’s free to enjoy their retirement and dedicate their time to pursing leisure activities, spending time with family or getting to know their neighbours.

In fact, many of our homeowners feel they discover a new lease of life when they downsize to one of our luxury apartments, thanks to the convenient locations of our developments which offer easy access to local golf courses, walking trails and other activities.

Whether you’re a sports fanatic, outdoor adventurer or history enthusiast, we have an apartment to suit you. Discover our top pick of developments for active retirees, guaranteed to help you enjoy retirement living to the full. 

Darroch Gate, Blairgowrie




Always dreamed of retiring to the countryside? Our Darroch Gate development in Blairgowrie offers easy access to the surrounding landscape, making it a popular choice for both nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. 

If you’re happiest when exploring the great outdoors, then Darroch Gate is the place for you. The local ramblers club enjoy regular walks through the countryside, making the most of Perthshire’s breathtaking scenery. Seasoned hikers favour the iconic Cateran Trail, which starts and finishes in Blairgowrie, and there’s a wealth of pretty woodland walks for those who simply want to enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Blairgowrie also boasts an abundance of local wildlife, making it easy to get closer to nature. The Loch of the Lowes is located just a short drive from the development, where you can spot ospreys, woodpeckers and even red squirrels. What’s more, there’s a number of local organisations offering professional wildlife tours, giving you the opportunity to view pine martens and beavers in their natural habitat.

Blairgowrie is also renowned for its soft fruit picking, so much so that it’s locally known as ‘Berry Town’. It’s easy to get involved in this fun seasonal activity throughout the summer months, with many local farms that allow you to go along and pick your own fruit. 

Darroch Gate itself is now over 50% sold, benefiting from stunning landscaped gardens and easy access to local amenities, whilst maintaining that rural feel. 

Greenwood Grove, Newton Mearns



If you would rather be slightly closer to the city but still want easy access to local parks and woodland walks, Greenwood Grove is the perfect development for you. In addition to its close proximity to Roukenglen and Linn Park, the site is conveniently located near some of Scotland’s most prestigious golf courses and bowling clubs.

If you’re itching to tee off, you’ll be spoiled for choice at Greenwood Grove. East Renfrewshire, Cathcart Castle and Whitecraigs golf club are all local to the development, with regular local tournaments and events for members. There’s even special family days, perfect for taking the grandkids along.

If golf isn’t your thing, Newton Mearns also boasts a popular bowling club, which is always ready to welcome new members. The club boasts one of the best greens in Scotland, and is only a five-minute drive from our development.

There’s also ample opportunities to embrace the great outdoors. Roukenglen park is just a ten-minute drive from Greenwood Grove, boasting a scenic woodland walking route, walled garden, garden centre and popular café.  If you’ve got green fingers, Greenbank Gardens is also worth a visit. Only a twenty-minute walk from the development, this urban oasis is not to be missed, bursting with fragrant foliage and colourful flowerbeds during the summer months.

Greenwood Grove offers Premium Retirement Living in one of Scotland’s most prestigious addresses, and is now over 80% sold. With an endless list of local activities and easy access to Glasgow’s town centre, it’s hardly surprising that this is one of our most popular developments for active retirees.  

Merchants Gate, Pollokshields



Merchants Gate is coming soon to one of Glasgow Southside’s most sought-after locations, and will be available to reserve from early 2019. This up and coming development benefits from an enviable location in the heart of the local community, making it perfect for active homeowner’s looking to embrace retirement living to the full.

It’s easy to fall in love with the developments leafy suburban location, situated next to Maxwell park which offers pleasant walking routes surrounding a pretty pond.  Pollok park is less than ten minutes’ drive from the development and also benefits from a variety of pretty woodland trails in addition to Pollok House and The Burrell Collection, which attract history enthusiasts from far and wide.

If you’re a fan of sports, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Pollokshields. Titwood Lawn Tennis Club is around five minutes’ walk from the development and is always on the lookout for new members. Pollokshields bowling club is also located close to the development, with a number of age-exclusive yoga classes held nearby.


Planning a day trip is easy, thanks to the phenomenal local transport links in Pollokshields. There are several train stations nearby including Maxwell Park, which is located right next to the development, and a well-serviced bus route. The area is bursting with boutiques, restaurants and cafes serving local specialities and the Southside hosts regular festivals, including the Southside Fringe Festival in May each year. 

If Merchants Gate sounds like the perfect place to spend your retirement, be sure to register for updates, and we’ll be in touch as soon as this development is available to reserve.

Retirement Living To The Full

At McCarthy & Stone, we believe that your retirement should allow more time to do the things you enjoy, which is why all of our developments benefit from central locations offering easy access to a range of local activities and amenities. 

Whether you love team sports, long walks in the park or simply soaking up the local cultural offering, it’s easy to make the most of your retirement with McCarthy & Stone. 
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