Lanarkshire has lots to offer every visitor

The towns and villages of Lanarkshire are diverse, each with a different history and offering. They range from historic market towns, home to beautiful 19th century buildings which reflect the wealth generated during the industrial revolution to easily accessible indoor shopping centres which offer a variety of retail outlets and services.

From Kilsyth, the Forth and Clyde Canal, and the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site in the North, Lanarkshire stretches down through Cumbernauld, Airdrie, Coatbridge and Motherwell, into the expanse of Strathclyde Country Park.  

You can then join the Clyde Valley Tourist Route in Hamilton and wind down the Clyde Valley through Chatelherault Country Park, the garden centres and picturesque villages along the route, to the Royal Burgh of Lanark, and onto the award winning New Lanark World Heritage Site. Continuing along the Clyde Valley Tourist Route, you will visit Biggar, and the rural villages of Abington, Crawford, Leadhills and Elvanfoot.  This leads into the scenic beauty of the Lowther Hills and on the edge of the Southern Uplands and the Southern Upland Way.

A brief history of each town is included for those interested in learning about the area and information on how to get there - by road or rail many areas are less than an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh.  

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    • Abington

      Abington, an ideal location for a family day out in the rolling Lowther hills by the River Clyde.

    • Airdrie

      Reflecting its roots as a market town, modern Airdrie has retained its traditional centre – giving a focus for the many shopping and leisure activities that the town can offer.

    • Bellshill

      Bellshill was originally an agricultural hamlet, but the town grew and merged with neighbouring villages. Now a focal point within Scotland's motorway network.

    • Biggar

      Biggar lovely market town in South Lanarkshire and home to the new Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum.

    • Blantyre

      The family will love a fun day out at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre. See the story come alive and enjoy a picnic in the grounds by the River Clyde.

    • Bothwell

      Bothwell is a pleasant village within a conservation area and home to Bothwell Castle - Scotland's largest and finest 13th century castle.

    • Cambuslang

      Experience the thrill of hi-octane indoor karting, and the competitiveness of indoor paintballing in Cambuslang, in the north west tip of South Lanarkshire.

    • Carluke

      A bustling market town overlooking the Clyde Valley.

    • Carnwath

      Carnwath is a village on the Southern edge of the Pentland Hills in Lanarkshire. A conservation area set in rural countryside. Visit the town to see the spectacle of the oldest foot race in Scotland - the Red Hose Race!

    • Cleland

      Cleland is a small, traditional village with coal mining heritage located near Motherwell and Wishaw.

    • Clyde Valley Tourist Route

      The Clyde Valley Tourist Route takes you on a 42 mile journey passing through Lanarkshire's beautiful Clyde Valley.

    • Coatbridge

      Once known as the 'Iron Burgh' because of its many ironworks, Coatbridge is now home to the exciting Time Capsule leisure centre and Summerlee – Scottish Museum of Industrial Heritage.

    • Crawfordjohn

      The tranquil village of Crawfordjohn is located deep in beautiful, scenic, rural South Lanarkshire

    • Croy

      Nestling between Cumbernauld and Kilsyth the village of Croy sits alongside the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site and the Forth & Clyde Canal

    • Cumbernauld

      Cumbernauld has everything you need for a great day out – from shopping to fishing and a variety of visitor attractions.

    • Dalserf

      The charming hamlet of Dalserf can be found along the picturesque Clyde Valley Tourist Route

    • Dolphinton

      Dolphinton is a small village in rural Lanarkshire, set in the beautiful rolling countryside of the Pentland Hills.

    • Douglas

      Douglas has lots of offer the day visitor, with historic buildings, medieval character and links to the Cameronian regiment.

    • East Kilbride

      Fantastic shopping, 4 and 5 star visitor attractions, make for a great family day out in East Kilbride.

    • Forth

      A small Lanarkshire village.

    • Forth and Clyde Canal

      The Forth and Clyde Canal stretches 35 miles across the narrowest part of the Scottish Lowlands.

    • Gartcosh

      Gartcosh is an attractive village with a Local Nature Reserve and attractive Johnson Loch, part of the 7 Lochs Wetland Park.

    • Hamilton

      Hamilton has a lot to offer, with two 5 star visitor attractions, historic buildings, and a modern shopping centre.

    • Kelvin Valley

      The Kelvin Valley, situated within North Lanarkshire, features some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery, a World Heritage Site and offers lots to see and do.

    • Kilsyth

      This historic burgh has a lot to delight visitors. Enjoy the Forth & Clyde Canal, explore the town’s rich history or simply enjoy the surrounding countryside and activities.

    • Lanark

      Historic market town and Royal Burgh, firmly on the national William Wallace and Braveheart trail as the place the story began.

    • Larkhall

      Larkhall lies on the edge of the scenic Clyde Valley between the River Clyde and the Avon Water.

    • Leadhills

      Visit the highest narrow gause railway and golf course in Britain. A great day out for all in Leadhills!

    • Lesmahagow

      Lesmahagow sits on high ground in rural Lanarkshire, with scenic views over the Clyde Valley

    • Motherwell

      Motherwell is the home of Strathclyde Country Park which is just one part of the town’s excellent range of leisure facilities.

    • Muirhead

      Muirhead is a small rural community situated between Glasgow and Cumbernauld. Enjoy a peaceful stay, play golf, and/or go horseriding.

    • New Lanark

      World famous visitor attraction, and UNESCO world heritage site, this unique 18th century cotton mill village by the stunning Falls of Clyde, has been carefully restored as a living community and multi award winning visitor centre.

    • Rutherglen

      From shopping to the arts, sitting on the south bank of the Clyde, Rutherglen has a lot to offer visitors.

    • Stonehouse

      Stonehouse is situated on the River Avon in the heart of rural Lanarkshire, an area of natural beauty and historical interest.

    • Strathaven

      Strathaven is home to Scotland’s only annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, with everything from the castle and its 'white lady' ghost to the park and its famous Wee Train.

    • Shotts

      The village of Shotts offers the opportunity to get off the beaten track.

    • Wishaw

      Wishaw is a town on the southern edge of Motherwell with golf club, Belhaven Park and busy town centre.

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