This paper presents the results of an experimental campaign aimed at investigating the lateral response of glulam (glued laminated) shear walls subjected to horizontal cyclic loads. The objective of the study is to explore the potential of this engineered wood product to be used as an alternative lateral load-resisting element in platform timber constructions. The lateral response of massive wooden shear walls is governed by the wall-base connections; therefore, in addition to shear wall tests, cyclic tests were carried out on hold downs and angle brackets attached to glulam elements. Results of the experimental tests of both connections and shear walls showed failure mechanisms characterised by relatively large plastic deformation of the nails and with significant ductility levels. This results in the potential of glulam shear walls being adopted as the lateral load-resisting element of platform timber constructions in seismic prone areas.