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An Active Retirees Guide to Pollokshields

Nicole Baines

Nicole Baines



Thinking of making the move to our Merchants Gate development? Discover a wealth of things to see and do in the local area. 

At McCarthy & Stone, we understand that retirement doesn’t always mean a slower pace of life, but simply more time for the things you enjoy doing. Whether you’re looking forward to pursuing a new hobby, getting to know your neighbours or spending more time with friends or family, our developments benefit from central locations surrounded by local activities and amenities, leaving you spoiled for choice! 

Merchants Gate, one of our latest Retirement Living developments, is situated in one of Glasgow Southside’s most exclusive addresses. Commanding a fantastic position in the heart of Pollokshields, this development is the perfect choice for active retirees looking to immerse themselves in a thriving local community. Get ready to discover an abundance of local shops, cafes, parks and restaurants on your doorstep as you get to know local business owners, make new friends and embrace the true meaning of retirement living to the full.

The food scene

Fond of fine food and wine? Tantalise your taste buds in Pollokshields, where there are a range of delicious local eateries to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Nithsdale Road and Kildrostan Street have it all. A range of popular local cafes and restaurants line the pavements, with outdoor dining spaces for when the sun’s shining. Ollie’s restaurant offers a popular seabass salad and crab linguine, and the speciality Arbroath Smokie Ramekin at Moyra Janes is out of this world. What’s more, all of these spectacular local dining spots are just a fifteen-minute stroll from our development, or less than five minutes in the car. 

Shop till you drop 

Once you’ve finished dining out on the local specialities, it’s time to explore the wealth of shops and boutiques nearby. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself, find a special gift for a friend or simply do your weekly food shop, there’s something for everyone. Marie Brown at Home offers a selection of stunning homeware, offering everything from luxury scented candles to designer glassware while local florist Floral Haven has a bouquet or flower arrangement to suit every occasion. Zucchini Greengrocers is situated in close proximity to our development, offering a wide range of fresh produce at great value and the local butcher is also just a few doors down. 

Retirement Living’s a walk in the park

It’s easy to get closer to nature and embrace the great outdoors in Pollokshields, thanks to its abundance of parks and green spaces. The popular Maxwell Park is just a two-minute walk from our development, offering well maintained paths and pretty floral displays during the summer months. Pollok park is also less than a ten-minute drive from Merchants Gate and easily accessible via local transport links. This award-winning space boasts a number of scenic walking routes, a wealth of local wildlife and regular events and activities. Nearby Queens Park is also a haven for families and dog-walkers, with a number of sought-after picnic spots around the tranquil pond and manicured lawns.

A trip down memory lane

Pollokshields is renowned for its vibrant past and notable historical architecture, making it a haven for culture seekers and history enthusiasts alike. Pollok house is one of the main attractions, a stunning Georgian mansion containing a fine exhibition of Spanish art and recognised as the birthplace of the National Trust for Scotland. If Victorian history and architecture is more to your taste, Pollokshields Burgh hall is situated less than five minutes’ walk from the development and Greenbank Gardens in Clarkston is also only a short drive away if you’re in search of a traditional walled garden. 

Who’s for a game of doubles?  

If you’re keen to keep fit and enjoy an active lifestyle, you’ll be blown away by the range of sporting opportunities available in Pollokshields and the surrounding area. Titwood Lawn Tennis Club is less than a ten-minute walk from the development and always ready to welcome new members, while Queens Park also offers public tennis courts all year round and pitch and put during the summer months. If you’re an avid golfer, Haggs Castle, Glasgow and East Renfrewshire golf courses are all local to the development. Meanwhile, Titwood and Pollokshields bowling club are both within walking distance of Merchants Gate if bowling is your sport of choice. 

Get ready to enjoy Retirement Living to the full

If you’re ready to discover a whole new lease of life and immerse yourself in Glasgow’s thriving Southside community, Merchants Gate is the development for you. Whether you like lunching, shopping, exploring or golfing, the local area is bursting with opportunity and ready to welcome the new homeowners at Merchants Gate with open arms.

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