Rising to over 200 m (660 ft) in elevation, it includes the highest point in the Glasgow City area. It was a rallying point in the Radical War. It includes The Big Wood and Cathkin Braes Park Woodland, both areas of mature beech, sycamore and oak trees. In addition there is grassland, heath, hedgerows and wetlands. These natural areas provide foraging habitat for a number of species, including kestrels and owls.
A number of mountain bike trails have been constructed in the area. These were used for the 2013 British National Mountain Biking Championships, and was the venue for mountain biking at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Since 2013, a single 3MW wind turbine – 125 metres (410 ft) in height including the blades – has been in place at the brow of the Braes, just inside the Glasgow City boundary (a trig point and transmitter station a short distance to the east are within South Lanarkshire). Due to its prominent location, the turbine can be seen from across the city. It is unclear if more are planned for the area, with subsidy funding for onshore windfarms cut by the UK Government in 2015, although local bodies were supportive of further projects.
- "Castlemilk from Cathkin Braes". The Glasgow Story. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
- Vivienne Nicoll (23 May 2013). "£5m city turbine will be visible around world". Evening Times. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
- Jamie McIvor (17 July 2015). "Scottish councils 'may lose wind farm cash'". BBC News. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
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