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Carmunnock is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Glasgow
Population1,350 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNS598574
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG76
Dialling code0141
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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55°47′22″N 4°14′15″W / 55.789508°N 4.237529°W / 55.789508; -4.237529Coordinates: 55°47′22″N 4°14′15″W / 55.789508°N 4.237529°W / 55.789508; -4.237529

Carmunnock (Scottish Gaelic: Cathair Mhanach) is a conservation village within the City of Glasgow boundary, lying within three miles (five kilometres) of East Kilbride and Rutherglen in South Lanarkshire and Busby in East Renfrewshire. The nearest other district within Glasgow is Castlemilk.

Carmunnock Parish Church
Carmunnock Parish Church
Village store and the Clason hall
Village store and the Clason hall

This ancient settlement which is associated with the early Christian missionary Saint Cadoc, has a medieval street plan set within the lands of an estate held by variously the Morays of Bothwell, the Earls of Douglas and eventually to the Lords, Marquesses and Dukes of Hamilton until 1700 when it passed to the Stuarts of Castlemilk.

The village is a popular residential area. The village has its own primary school (Carmunnock Primary School) with around 178 pupils.[2] There is also a newsagent/village shop.

The village hosts its own Highland Games.[3]


The only religious body in Carmunnock is the Church of Scotland's Carmunnock Parish Church on Kirk Road, which is also known as 'The Kirk in the Braes'. The original church was built on site of the current Church around 800 years, with the current building being built in 1767 in the Civil Parish of Carmunnock.[4][5] The church features external stone staircases to three galleries within the sanctuary and contains examples of stained glass by Norman Macleod MacDougall.

The church is surrounded by the old village graveyard which includes a watch-house with original instructions for grave watchers of 1828, when grave robbing was a problem. Within the structure of the church is a vault where some members of the Stirling-Stewart family, the Lairds of Castlemilk, are buried.[6]


The village's only public transport link is the number 31 bus service operated by First Glasgow to Glasgow City Centre and East Kilbride.[7] The nearest train station is at Busby, which is on the East Kilbride to Glasgow line.

The main route through the village is the B759 which runs from Busby, East Renfrewshire to Cambuslang.


Carmunnock is of Brythonic origin, from Celtic caer "fort" with an unknown second element. The name was recorded as Cerminok in 1183. Mynach in modern Welsh means "monk".


  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Carmunnock Primary School" (PDF). H.M.I.E. 8 February 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ Post, The Sunday (8 May 2019). "Top hotels near the Highland Games, as chosen by the Good Hotel Guide". The Sunday Post. DC Thomson Media. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  4. ^ The Imperial gazetteer of Scotland. 1854. Vol.I. (AAN-GORDON) by Rev. John Marius Wilson. p.248.
  5. ^ Parish of Carmunnock, Gazetteer for Scotland (historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, 1885)
  6. ^ "Carmunnock Parish Church". Sacred Scotland. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  7. ^ "31 Bus Timetable". First Bus Glasgow Online. 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.