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Brief History of Airdrie

Airdrie's name comes from the Gaelic for 'high hill pasture' and can be dated back to AD577. The Battle of Arderyth or Airdrie, was fought in this year, between Rydderech, "the bountiful" King of Strathclyde and Aidan, "the perfidious" King of Kintyre.

Airdrie lies on the "Hogs Back"  the ridge of land running from East to West. The Monks of Newbattle had numerous establishments throughout the area including a farm grange at Drumpellier, a Court House at Kipps, a Chapel in the area of Chapelhall and a number of corn mills. 

In the 12th century the monks built the original Glasgow to Edinburgh road via Airdrie and Bathgate, to link up with their lands in Newbattle.

Airdrie is first referred to by name in 1605 and in 1695 Airdrie became a market town. 

Mr Robert Hamilton was credited with being the founder of the modern Airdrie. He owned most of the land and was the "Laird" of Airdrie House. He helped make Airdrie a prestigious country village in the seventeenth century. 

The population steadily increased after his death and most of its inhabitants became farmers or weaving communities. Flax was grown on many local farms and the town became a well-established centre of woollen and linen fabrics.

Airdrie Today

Airdrie is home to one of the four public observatories operating in the UK. The Airdrie Observatory is of significant historical and scientific interest and makes for a fun day out for both adults and children alike.  

More recently, Airdrie golf club was formed in 1877 and the Airdreonans Football Club in 1878. In 1891 the town's Broomfield Park football ground saw the world's first penalty kick. For a short time in the 1890s, Airdrie was even home to a racecourse.

Cumbernauld and Coatbridge are only a short drive from Airdrie, and have a number of attractions for the whole family.

Coatbridge has both the award winning Time Capsule, and one of Lanarkshire's best sightseeing attractions in Summerlee - The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life.

Cumbernauld has something for the whole family, including the Cumbernauld museum and library and the Cumbernauld Outdoor Activity Centre - which offers 4x4 driving, paintballing and much more.

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Attractions in Airdrie

Airdrie Observatory Airdrie Observatory One of only 4 observatories operating in the UK. Airdrie Observatory is of historical and...
Airdrie Town Hall Airdrie Town Hall Stirling Street, Airdrie, ML6 0AS
Enjoy a day out to Caldercruix Countryside and Nature Park Caldercruix Countryside & Nature Park Caldercruix Countryside and Nature Park is located at the end of the...
Central Park Central Park Central Park

Accommodation in Airdrie

Enjoy great hospitality at Craigpark House Craigpark House Bed & Breakfast Homely B&B, tasteful decoration, ideally situated for leisure and...
Enjoy great hospitality at Easter Glentore B&B Easter Glentore Farm B&B and Self Catering Easter Glentore an idilic 4 Star Farmhouse Gold B&B lies within 240...
Enjoy a relaxing stay at the Knight's Rest Knight's Rest The Knight's Rest B&B in Airdrie is a victorian, 1886 villa within walking distance of the many...
Enjoy great hospitality at Laurel House Inn Laurel House Inn Laurel House is a recently refurbished Georgian House ideally located near the M8 and providing...
Enjoy great hospitality at Shawlee Cottage Bed & Breakfast Shawlee Cottage Picturesque 19th Century cottage, tastefully upgraded to provide all modern amenities while...