Gartloch Village from the air, 2018
Gartloch is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Glasgow
Population650 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNS682670
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG69
Dialling code0141
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°52′44″N 4°06′28″W / 55.878851°N 4.107747°W / 55.878851; -4.107747

Gartloch (/ɡɑːrtˈlɒx/) is a residential village in Glasgow, Scotland. Outwith the city's urban area (the closest contiguous district being Easterhouse), it is very close to the boundary with North Lanarkshire, south of Garnkirk and west of Gartcosh. To the south is Bishop Loch, a nature reserve and the body of water referred to in the village name, which forms part of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.

View from Bishop Loch to Gartloch

Much of the new village was created by the renovation of several of the buildings that made up Gartloch Hospital (also known as Gartloch Asylum)[2] which opened in 1896[3] and closed in 1996.[4] New houses have also been built in the surrounding area.

Gartloch is within driving distance – about 1+12 miles or 2.5 kilometres – from the Glasgow Fort cinema and retail park complex on the periphery of the Glasgow urban area at Garthamlock next to Junction 10 of the M8 motorway, and is around the same distance in the opposite direction from Junction 2A of the M73 motorway and Gartcosh railway station.


Blaeu - Atlas of Scotland 1654 around Gartcosh

The etymology of the name is "loch enclosure".[5] Several old documents show Gartloch with various spellings including on maps by Timothy Pont,[6] Charles Ross,[7] and William Roy.[8] Between 1897 and 1921, Garnkirk was the location of the Gartloch Distillery that produced grain whisky.


  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "In pictures: Take a look inside the abandoned Gartloch Asylum". The Evening Times. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. ^ Climie, Paul. "Asylums in Glasgow: The buildings where madness was managed". Common Space. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Gartloch Hospital". Monklands Memories.
  5. ^ Drummond, Peter, John (2014). An analysis of toponyms and toponymic patterns in eight parishes of the upper Kelvin basin (PDF). Glasgow: Glasgow University. p. 164. Retrieved 3 July 2017.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Gartloch on Pont's Map". NLS. Pont. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Old County Maps". NLS. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Roy's map of the Lowlands". NLS. Retrieved 27 January 2018.