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Set among rich farmland above the River Clyde, Lanark is a great place to explore. Especially if you enjoy the impressive beauty of old buildings and appreciate a wide variety of niche shops.

The Royal Burgh of Lanark is a bustling market town with a population of over 16,000 and is located in the beautiful lower Clyde Valley. It is a popular visitor destination and the town has a strong agricultural tradition and is home to one of the busiest agricultural markets in Scotland.  

William Wallace

Lanark is one of the very few towns in Scotland with direct links to William Wallace and physical ruins still in extistence to visit in the form of St Kentigerns church, where Wallace was married, and Lanark Castle, where he first drew sword. 

St Kentigerns is one of the few remaining Scottish buildings of the 13th Centrury remaining and is still accessible today.

Lanark is firmly on the national Wiliam Wallace trail as the place where the story began through his love for his wife.

Family Days Out in Lanark

Lanark also has the Lanark Racecourse, located in West Port, a large boating lake, Lanark Loch, which adjoins a golf course and the former racecourse and adjacent Scottish Equestrian Hotel with pony-trekking activities and riding holidays

The town's Castlebank Park lies near the former site of Lanark Castle, and allows access to the River Clyde and the Clyde Walkway.

Visitors to the town can visit the nearby World Heritage Site of New Lanark, close to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife reserve. For cyclists there is the Lanark, Tinto and Covington Cycle Route which shows off the best of Lanark.

A Brief History of Lanark

The historic burgh of Lanark was the location of the first meeting of the Scots Parliament in 978.  Lanark has served as an important market town since medieval times, and King David I made it a Royal Burgh in 1140.

Lanark also features some prominent historic builidngs, including Craignethan Castle.

A few hundred years after the first Scots Parliament took place in Lanark, William 'Braveheart' Wallace resided in the town. There are tributes to Wallace's fight for freedom in Lanark. 

In 2005, the nation commemorated the 700th anniversary of the execution of William Wallace with a Wallace festival where the spirit of Wallace was brought back home to rest in Lanark at St Kentigerns.

During medieval and early modern times, the church played an important role in the lives of the people in Lanark. In 1688, as St. Kentigern's church (which dates back to the 13th century) was becoming a ruin, the Parish Church of St. Nicholas became the main church in Lanark. The Church was originally a medieval chapel during the time of William Wallace, and the current building was completed in 1774.

Disagreements in the Church of Scotland resulted in "the Disruption" of 1843. Evidence of these splits exists in Lanark, where there is now a number of church buildings, including St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, which opened in 1859. St. Mary's was later rebuilt (1907) following a fire.

The nineteenth century saw the improvement of transport links with Glasgow and Edinburgh, allowing Lanark to build upon its position as a market town and, later, as a commuter town. Lanark escaped the worst of the Industrial Revolution as the area has little in the way of minerals.

The primary trades in Lanark, as it headed towards the twentieth century, were craft trades such as weaving, shoe making, and farming. The latter is still a significant feature of the Lanark area - agricultural markets are still held in the town every Monday.

Walking tours of Lanark

Download the Lanark Heritage Trail leaflet below to do your own self-guided tour of Lanark. Should you prefer a guided tour, enjoy 2 hour walking tours around Lanark. See where William Wallace lived and where he was married. See where Lanark Castle once stood and hear the tale of the “girnin dug” and many other interesting tales.

Tours start at Lanark Station and cost £5 per person, including light refreshment. Call Eleanor on 07796 670141 to book your tour. 

Lanark Community Website

Lanark now has it's very own community website. This has been created by residents and businesses from the town and is here for the benefit of all who live in the burgh. Find out what's on, essential local information, a business directory and much more. Click here to visit the Lanark Community Website.

Travel Information

Lanark is located 27 miles from Glasgow and 34 miles from Edinburgh in the beautiful lower Clyde Valley. It is a popular visitor destination and can be reached by bus and train from Glasgow.

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Events in Lanark

Big Band BallBig Band Christmas Ball Come along and enjoy a Gala Night of Golden Era Music and Dance, performed by That Swing Sensation...
spinning wheelWoven Through History Forming a part of our 4 month long celebration of textiles.
It's a Wonderful LifeIts a Wonderful Life Bring your family, young and old, and let George Bailey reveal the true spirit of Christmas!
Sing-Along FrozerFrozen Sing-along frozer screening
New Lanark Christmas ExperienceThe New Lanark Christmas Experience Head on down to New Lanark World Heritage Site for a magical...

Attractions in Lanark

Enjoy the wax model collection at Carmicheal Visitor Centre, Lanarkshire Carmichael Visitor Centre & Farm Shop On your trip down the Clyde Valley why not stop off at the Discover...
Enjoy a fun-filled family trip to Castlebank Park Castlebank Park Castlebank Park consists of a children's play area, a swing set and a garden. Take a stroll...
Discover Craignethan Castle in Lanark Craignethan Castle Craignethan Castle is based in Lanark, and is of great historic value.
Lanark Agricultural Centre Lanark Agricultural Centre & Scottish Equi Complex Lanark Agricultural Centre, Lanark, is a purpose-built agricultural...
Lanark High Street Lanark High Street Lanark High Street
Lanark Memorial Hall Lanark Memorial Hall Lanark Memorial Hall is a Grade B listed building constructed in 1926 in memory of the 232 men...
Learn about the history of Lanark at Lanark Museum Lanark Museum Whilst in Lanark why not pay a visit to Lanark Museum.
Lanark Racecourse Lanark Racecourse Events arena in Lanark.
Enjoy a great family day out at New Lanark village New Lanark Visitor Centre Long famous as a beauty spot and for the work of the world-famous mill owner Robert Owen, this...
Explore the history of New Lanark New Lanark World Heritage Site Award winning Visitor Centre. Beautifully restored 18th century...
Scottish Equestrian Hotel, Lanark Scottish Equestrian Hotel Visit the Scottish Equestrian Hotel complex in Lanark, the UK’s largest horse Riding Holiday Centre.
Stunning waterfalls at the Falls of Clyde, Lanarkshire Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde The Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve in New Lanark is an ancient gorge...
Vogue Cinema, Lanark Vogue Cinema, Lanark Much loved building in Lanark. Now a bingo hall.
Orchid Glen, Wilsontown, Lanarkshire Wilsontown Ironworks Heritage Project Discover Lanarkshire's hidden history at the Wilsontown Ironworks...

Accommodation in Lanark

5 Star Backbrae House South Lanarkshire Backbrae House Enjoy a B&B holiday and 5 star accommodation at Backbrae House in Lanark.
Enjoy great hospitality at Bankhead Farm Bed & Breakfast Bankhead Farm High quality Bed & Breakfast very close to New Lanark World Heritage Centre
Enjoy your stay at Bankhead Farm Cottages Bankhead Farm Cottages Self Catering accommodation, lying in the courtyard of Bankhead Farm.
Enjoy a great stay at the Cartland Bridge Hotel Best Western - Cartland Bridge Hotel The Best Western Cartland Bridge Hotel lies in 19 acres of...
Have a relaxing break at Corehouse Farm Corehouse Farm Corehouse Farm Bed and Breakfast offers a warm family welcome to guests, offering a comfortable...
Enjoy great hospitality at Dykecroft Farm Bed & Breakfast Dykecroft Farm Friendly welcome awaits you at Dykecroft Farm.
Enjoy great hospitality at Kilchoman Bed & Breakfast Kilchoman Luxury Accommodation just off the M74 at Kilchoman Bed and Breakfast in Douglas near Lanark
Enjoy a luxurious stay at Kirkfield Gardens Kirkfield Gardens Two luxurious self catering holiday cottages, nestled in the scenic Clyde Valley.
Enjoy a relaxing stay at New Lanark Mill Hotel New Lanark Mill Hotel Set in the World Heritage site of New Lanark, the hotel is an excellent place to stay whilst...
Have a great stay in one of the New Lanark Waterhouses New Lanark Waterhouses Beautiful self-catering cottages within the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site.
Scottish Equi B&B Scottish Equi B & B High class bed and breakfast facilities within Lanark, ideally suited for those wishing to have a...
Enjoy great hospitality at St.Catherine's Bed & Breakfast St Catherine's B&B St Catherine's B&B is a picturesque guesthouse, situated in the historic town of Lanark.
Have a great stay at Summerlea Summerlea B&B A warm welcome awaits you at Summerlea B&B.
Bothy at Cleugh Farm Self Catering Lanark The Bothy at Cleugh Farm Enjoy 4 star self catering accommodation at The Bothy at Cleugh Farm in Lanark.
church at the old manse The Church at The Old Manse The Church at The Old Manse provides a large, unique, luxury, self catering property for exploring...
Enjoy a warm welcome at Town House Self Catering Town House Large apartment consisting of living room, kitchen, dinning room, bathroom, double and single room.