10 must-do’s in Lanarkshire
Visit A World Heritage Site
Lanarkshire is home to two of the five UNESCO world heritage sites in Scotland the Antonine Wall and New Lanark World Heritage site. Why not walk through fantastic scenery, along the 2000 year old site which was once the north west frontier of the Roman Empire. Or visit New Lanark, Scotland’s largest purpose built cotton mill which was operational between 1786 and 1968. The new Lanark village was founded in 1785 and housed over 2000 of the mill workers. The new Lanark village remains remarkable well preserved village and hosts a thriving community to date. New Lanark is the perfect place to learn all about Scottish history, culture and heritage.
Experience the Falls of Clyde
Another must visit are the magnificent Falls of Clyde, located in ancient woodland. The Clyde gorge stretches along both sides of the River Clyde over a series of 4 spectacular waterfalls, from which the reserve takes its name. Corra Linn, the largest of the waterfalls, features an 84 foot drop and was immortalised by William Woodsworth after a visit in 1802 as the "Clyde's most majestic daughter". A guided tour is recommended to learn all about the history of the falls and surrounding wildlife.
Try a Tunnocks Teacake
2015 was the year of food and drink and what better way to celebrate than indulging in a world famous Scottish staple from Tunnocks! A Scottish treasure, Tunnock’s are renowned for confectionary such as the world famous Tea Cake, Caramel Wafer, Snowball and Caramel Log. The Tunnocks gift shop and tearoom (located in Main Street in Uddingston) is the perfect place to stock up, only two minutes from the factory. Why not pop along and to the factory after your tea and have your picture taken under the infamous factory clock?
Attempt rowing at Strathclyde Country Park
Easiliy accessible from central Scotland, Strathclyde Country Park lies in 400 hectares of countryside in the valley of the River Clyde. The internationally renowned watersports arena facilitates a variety of activities that all the family can become skilled at. The watersports centre regularly plays host to major events, an official venue for the 2011 International Children's Games and the first ever Great Scottish Swim in 2009. Most recently Strathclyde Country Park was the official venue for the triathlon event of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and regularly hosts rowing events. From natural to novice Strathclyde Country Park is the place to take to the water!
Hear one of the world’s longest echoes
A trip to Lanarkshire wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hamilton Mausoleum, one of Lanarkshire’s most iconic buildings. It was built as a tomb and monument to Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton in the grounds of the now-demolished Hamilton Palace. Its high stone vault holds one of the longest echoes in the world – taking 15 seconds for the sound of a slammed door to decay!
Undertake some farming
Ride the tractor back in time to discover what life was like on a 1950s working farm. The five star National Museum of Rural Life houses a vast exhibition of farming history, including the brilliant kids exhibition, garden detectives. You can discover how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotland’s countryside. The working farm is home to Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, Ayrshire cows, Blackface sheep and Clydesdale horses and a very friendly farm cat, sooty!
Go down a coal mine
Summerlee, Museum of Scottish Industrial Life is located on the site of the nineteenth century Summerlee Ironworks. The museum has many attractions for all the family, including Scotland's only operational heritage tramway and recreated mine, with regular guided tours down the mine. Miners' cottages are decorated in the style of each decade (1840 - 1980's) they provided homes to working families and you may recognise some of the decor! There is also a great all-ages playpark and access to the pleasant walkway along the Monkland Canal.
Visit a tropical Rainforest
A truly unique experience, Amazonia is Scotland’s largest indoor tropical rainforest with over 70 different species including monkeys, parrots, snakes, frogs, tarantulas, butterflies and more! Amazonia is a year-round indoor attraction which is located within M & D’s Theme Park.
Walk the John Muir Way
The John Muir Way stretches from coast to coast across Scotland’s heartland, running between Helensburgh in the west through to Dunbar on the east coast. The route is named after ‘the father of America’s national parks’ John Muir who was born in Dunbar and immigrated to America as a young boy. Head on the Strathblane to Kilsyth 13-mile stretch or the Kilsyth to Falkirk route to discover the beauty of Lanarkshire.
Discover David Livingston
Learn about the life and work of the famous Scottish explorer and missionary at the David Livingstone Centre, set in 20 acres of parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde. This tenement block which Livingstone and his family shared with 23 other families, now houses the museum of Livingstone’s life and work. The centre provides an insight into his time in Africa and life and work in 19th century Scotland.