Carbrain is a neighborhood in the Scottish new town of Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire. Construction of Cumbernauld began in 1963, and most areas of Carbrain were inhabited by the early 1970s. For the first several years, Carbrain was considered to be highly desirable as an escape from poor housing and lack of employment opportunities in the Glasgow area. As newer developments have been constructed in the Cumbernauld area, Carbrain has fallen into disrepair.
Carbrain was split into two sections: North and South. North Carbrain included areas such as Stonylee Road, Torbrex Road, Glenhove Road and Beechwood Road. North Carbrain is within five minutes walking distance from the Town Centre, health centre and sports centre. South Carbrain includes Kilbowie Road, Greenrigg Road, Broomlands Road, Sandyknowes, some of which are a five-minute walk from the train station. The town centre is approximately a ten-minute walk from South Carbrain.
Carbrain was designed around pedestrians and, as such, has paths intertwining among its many streets. It is possible to get from one part of Carbrain to another using only footpaths. It was also designed so that pedestrians never had to walk alongside or cross a road.
There were three primary schools and a high school within this area. Most children who lived in these areas would have attended Langlands Primary, St Joseph's Primary or Carbrain Primary, and later Cumbernauld High School, Greenfaulds High School or Our Lady's High School. As of 2006, Cumbernauld has lost many of its older and smaller primary schools, such as Langlands, which have been combined into numerous larger primary schools.
Carbrain Primary celebrated its 40th birthday in 2006 and had two school concerts, inviting parents, ex-pupils and ex-teachers to attend. It is very close to the town centre including the refurbished and extended shopping area, renamed the Antonine Centre, after the Antonine Wall a Roman antiquity.