The A80 and M80 from the air (geograph 2965830).jpg

Muirhead from the air
Muirhead is located in North Lanarkshire
Muirhead is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Scotland
Muirhead is located in Scotland
Muirhead (Scotland)
Population1,830 (mid-2020 est.)[2]
OS grid referenceNS 684 692
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG69 9
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°53′53″N 4°06′22″W / 55.898°N 4.106°W / 55.898; -4.106Coordinates: 55°53′53″N 4°06′22″W / 55.898°N 4.106°W / 55.898; -4.106

Muirhead is a small town approximately 7 miles (11 km) north-east of Glasgow city centre. Nearby villages and towns include Chryston, Garnkirk, Gartcosh, Moodiesburn, Lenzie and Stepps.[3] Muirhead has a population of around 1,390. It is a commuter town to Glasgow with road links with the A80/M80 and frequent bus services the 37c x35, x37, and x3. Muirhead is located approximately two miles from Gartcosh, Lenzie and Stepps railway stations.


The name may be related to the nearby Muirside.[4] Some old documents show Muirhead with various spellings including maps by for example William Forrest.[5]

Muirhead was little more than a hamlet before a new road was built just south of Chryston at the end of the 18th century.[6] Muirhead was formerly in the parish of Cadder.[7] Industries connected with Muirhead include coal and fire clay mining, brickmaking and distilling.[8] The New Statistical Account of 1845 reported 40 persons in 9 families at Muirhead.[9] Growth in the village followed the opening of The Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway in 1831.[10] Following the First World War a cenotaph was built in 1923 at Muirhead.[11] A primary school, St. Barbara's[12] on Elmira Road, was opened in August 1933.[13]

Current village

The suburb has a variety of shops including a Co-operative Food, newsagents, award-winning butcher,[14] stationers and plenty of take-away food shops. Two bars which serve the area are the Muirhead Inn and The Crowwood. A local development to the south of the village is Belhaven Park. The surrounding area has one high school and two primary schools.

The Crow Wood House Hotel
The Muirhead Inn
The Main Street in Muirhead
The Main Street in Muirhead
Entrance to St. Barbara's
Entrance to St. Barbara's


  1. ^ List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland
  2. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  3. ^ "OS 25 inch 1892-1949". National Library of Scotland. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  4. ^ Drummond, Peter, John (2014). An analysis of toponyms and toponymic patterns in eight parishes of the upper Kelvin basin (PDF). Glasgow: Glasgow University. p. 418. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Old County Maps". NLS. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Muirhead & Chryston". Monklands Memories. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  7. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1882). The gazetteer of Scotland. Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnston. p. 65. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Muirhead". Gazetteer of Scotland. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  9. ^ Society for the Benefit of the Sons and Daughters of the Clergy (1845). The new statistical account of Scotland. Edinburgh and London: W. Blackwood and Sons. p. 408. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  10. ^ Kidd, Neil. "Chryston - 1861-1888". The Story of Chryston. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Local History". Chryston and Muirhead Business Community. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  12. ^ "St. Barbara's Primary School Handbook". North Lanarkshire Council. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  13. ^ Kidd, Neil. "Education". The Story of Chryston. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  14. ^ "The pies have it for Muirhead butchers!". Kirkintilloch Herald. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.