How to spend your May bank holidays in Lanarkshire

May is when Scotland really comes into its own: the trees are green, the days are long, the sun is out (usually!) and there’s not one, but two, bank holidays – the early May Bank Holiday on Monday 6 May and the Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 27 May.

So with your weekend boosted by a third, how are you going to spend those precious extra hours of free time? Here at VisitLanarkshire, we’ve got it covered. 


For kids

Give the kids the chance to explore with a trip to Baron’s Haugh nature reserve in Motherwell. The RSPB reserve sits on a marsh and is home to ducks and swans, as well as kingfishers and sand martins! Keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail through woodland and grassland and spend time in the four hides - you just might spot a deer or hear a woodpecker. The bluebells are in bloom this time of year so if you’re lucky enough to catch them they are a magnificent sight to behold.

For some fun indoors, Flip Out trampoline arena is bound to put a smile on your little ones’ faces. Located in Rutherglen it’s also the world’s biggest, boasting 150 trampolines. It’s great for kids of all ages with a dedicated area for those under 7 as well as a soft play area and kids’ trampolines for under 5s. There’s even a café upstairs for parents to recharge over a cuppa.



For dogs

Whitelee Wind Farm, the UK’s biggest onshore windfarm, located in East Kilbride is the perfect place for a stroll with your pooch. With over 200 wind turbines, this 90km trail is guaranteed to tire out playful pups thanks to it being almost entirely traffic-free – although watch out for horse-riders using one of the many bridle paths!

For a full list of dog-friendly places in Lanarkshire, visit our dedicated blog.


For couples

What’s more romantic than a leisurely stroll around the grounds of a 13th century castle ruin? Bothwell Castle in Uddingston is set in beautiful gardens on a meander of the River Clyde and will provide a dreamy setting to walk hand-in-hand and spend quality time together.

For those looking for something a  bit more adventurous, the 450 metre high Tinto Hill will reward walkers with breath-taking views across Lanarkshire, and if you trek on a clear day, you can even see as far as the Lake District! Everyone knows hill walks are an excellent excuse to update your social media channels providing you with the perfect backdrop for a couple selfie!



For more information on things to see and do in Lanarkshire, check out our dedicated page.