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Living in Thornliebank: The local area guide

Situated on the southside of Glasgow, Thornliebank offers peace and serenity just a few miles outside of the city’s bustling centre. It’s part of East Renfrewshire, giving it a suburban atmosphere. A number of shopping outlets and major parks are located within close distance of Thornliebank, and there are numerous transport links connecting the suburb with other areas in and around Glasgow.

Thornliebank was once its own village, officially appearing as ‘Thorny Bank’ on a map dating back to 1795. This name was perhaps due to the greenery surrounding the village, most notably its thorny trees. It grew in importance during the 1800s when the Crum family operated the successful Thornliebank Printworks.

This business produced a high standard of woven and printed linen, and was a major employer in the area. Modern Thornliebank is undergoing a period of regeneration and is popular with families for the reputation of its schools and its quiet, community feeling.


Residents of Thornliebank vary in age, but can generally be divided into two main demographics. The first are residents of retirement age. Almost half of Thornliebank residents are past the age of 65, according to census figures.

Many of these older residents have been living in the area for a long period. Another section of residents are families with children, who are drawn to the area’s low crime statistics, good schools, and local services.

Many of those who are of working age commute into Glasgow’s centre, with top occupations in this postcode falling under the retail, education, and social work categories. The population of the suburb has grown over the past decade from 3,980 at the 2001 census to 4,051 when the 2011 census was taken.


Thornliebank and neighbouring Giffnock are known for being desirable suburbs for families with secondary school-aged children. St. Ninian’s High School is located in between the two suburbs, in the area of Eastwood. It consistently tops the school league tables and enjoys a reputation of being one of the best schools in Scotland.

Woodfarm High School is closer to Thornliebank’s town centre, in the Woodfarm area. It too enjoys a prime reputation, rated as ‘outstanding’ or ‘very good’ in all categories according to Education Scotland’s latest report.

For younger children, Thornliebank Primary and Nursery School was rated ‘very good’ by Education Scotland in 2011. In their glowing report, the inspectors note the school’s friendly and welcoming learning environment. This stands in line with the school’s official vision, which puts an emphasis on courtesy and caring for all students.


In addition to its educational facilities, one of Thornliebank’s greatest strengths is its many transport links. Thornliebank Station offers regular train services to both Glasgow Central and East Kilbride, running approximately every 30 minutes.

Bus services are provided by First Glasgow, linking the suburb not only with Glasgow’s city centre but also numerous destinations throughout the south side. This includes Ibrox and Hampden Stadiums, as well as the Silverburn Shopping Centre.

Motorists are also well connected in Thornliebank, with the M77 motorway in close proximity. This takes drivers directly into the city as well as Glasgow International and Prestwick airports.

Amenities and shopping

Residents of Thornliebank benefit from a well-tended high street offering an array of basic amenities, churches, and services. The Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church as well as a Church of Scotland is located on the Main Street, along with a health centre, library, and Thornliebank Bowling Club. Regular high street brands including Boots and Farmfoods can be found here as well.

It’s a short stroll over to Giffnock, an upscale neighbouring suburb offering fashion boutiques, restaurants, an Italian deli, a Whole Foods Market, and a Morrison’s supermarket. Silverburn Shopping Centre is only a short drive from Thornliebank, offering a cinema, food court, and name brands including Debenhams, Topshop, and Clarks.

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