Lanarkshire – perfectly placed and perfectly paced for Glasgow 2014

Situated at the heart of Scotland, Lanarkshire is a land of undiscovered gems; from five-star hotels, self-catering cottages and welcoming B&Bs, to traditional museums and unforgettable experiences. Lanarkshire has it all, as well as being home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Antonine Wall and New Lanark.

2013-2014 is set to be a significant time for the area, as Lanarkshire is a proud host venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Thanks to its proximity to and involvement in Glasgow 2014, Lanarkshire will provide a rural retreat, a place where visitors can enjoy the Games at a more relaxed pace and take in the beauty of natural Scotland as well.

The Glasgow 2014 Triathlon will be held in Strathclyde Country Park, one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. The park lies in 400 hectares of countryside in the valley of the River Clyde in North Lanarkshire. Mature woodlands, rough wetlands, wildlife refuges and neat open parkland surround Strathclyde Loch and are the focal point for many of the park activities. It’s a beautiful place to take a walk, and there are a number of cycle routes – with bikes available to hire from Strathclyde Park Water Sports Centre.

Strathclyde Country Park is also firmly established as one of Scotland's leading centres for outdoor recreation and includes activities from sailing to sunbathing, birdwatching to cycling, water ski-ing to watching the world go by. The park is also home to Scotland's first Theme Park, M&Ds, and Scotland's largest indoor rainforest Amazonia. Both are guaranteed to provide fun for the whole family.

Also in Lanarkshire, Cathkin Braes’ hills will be the venue for the Glasgow 2014 Mountain Bike competitions. The area’s first international-standard mountain bike course will be constructed on ideal terrain, amid beautiful natural scenery, with a spectacular panorama overlooking the city of Glasgow. Just 15 minutes south of the Athletes' Village, the course has been designed with input from internationally-renowned mountain bike course designers. Owned by Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council, it will be a legacy for the area, capable of staging future international events.

Mark Calpin, Chairman of the Lanarkshire Action Tourism Partnership comments: “We are incredibly proud to be hosting two of the most exciting competitions for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world as they attend the events – and see the first medal of the Games presented on our doorstep – so we are perfectly placed and perfectly paced for Glasgow 2014!’

There’s always more to discover in Lanarkshire.... for more information on things to do and places to stay in Lanarkshire, visit: www.visitlanarkshire.com