Cumbernauld is very much near the centre of Scotland, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Cumbernauld is a new town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, created in 1956 as a population overflow for Glasgow. Its population was 49,664 at the time of the 2001 census. The name comes from the Scots Gaelic comar nan allt, meaning the meeting of the waters.
There are a number of motorways in close proximity: M9, M74, M80, M73, M876 and M8.
There are buses to Glasgow, Stirling, Falkirk, Dunfermline and St Andrews. Trains run to Glasgow, Falkirk, Motherwell and Edinburgh from Cumbernauld railway station and Croy railway station in the north of the town.
Local bus services can be used within Cumbernauld. These include the x25 to Glasgow operated by StageCoach. Also x2,x3,x4,x5,x80+36 bus services go to Glasgow.
The local bus service is run by Canavan Travel.
Cumbernauld is one of five new towns built in Scotland in the 1950's to contain the overspill from Glasgow.
Cumbernauld is known for its controversial 1950s Brutalist architecture, focused on the "megastructure" design of its town centre. The entire town was planned around this, with an aim that residents could walk there within twenty minutes without crossing any major roads.
A museum outlining the social and architectural history of the area can be found on the fourth floor of the town centre.
The town was the setting of the popular Scottish film "Gregorys Girl" although there is nothing at all celebrating this fact.
Cumbernauld is the home of Clyde F.C., a football (soccer) team who play in the Scottish Third Division. Their ground (stadium) is called Broadwood. Clyde FC previously played in Rutherglen before moving to Cumbernauld. They are sponsored by [Optical Express] who's CEO is believed to be a fan of the club. Games are generally on a Saturday at 3pm. Fixtures can be found at the Scottish Football League site.
Cumbernauld also has a Junior football side, Cumbernauld United who play at Guy's Meadow.
There is a Rugby Team, Cumbernauld RFC too.
Cumbernauld has access points to the John Muir Way, a coast to coast walk named after naturalist John Muir, at the Forth and Clyde Canal and at Croy, on the outskirts of Cumbernauld.
Cumbernauld has a country park, Palacerigg Country Park, which contains a variety of rare breed animals and a children's farm. It is free to access and has a variety of nature walks including a treetop walkway.
Cumbernauld has an extensive set of cycle paths, that cover the whole town. It is possible to cycle on pavements in Cumbernauld as they are designed for dual use. The cycle network connects onto national networks such as the route to Glasgow, Falkirk and the canal system.