Mid-summer walking routes in Lanarkshire

As the heatwave shows no sign of stopping, what better time to get out and about in Lanarkshire and enjoy the beautiful scenery?

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a peaceful stroll or challenge yourself with a hike, check out our recommendations of some of Lanarkshire’s best summer walking routes. 

Junior Rangers: Bumblebee Safari

One for the kids! Head down to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve on 19th August to learn all about bees.

Once the exhibition is over, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Clyde gorge with a walk around the waterfalls. Take your binoculars – you might be able to spot some of the 100-different species of birds that live in the nature reserve!


Carron Valley

If you enjoy the countryside and woodland walks, the Carron Valley should be on your list of places to visit.

A great spot for a picnic with the family - the Valley offers some spectacular views over the whole of central Scotland.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, take your mountain bike with you and check out some of the cycling routes.

Cows at the antonine wall


Tinto Hill

A walk up Tinto Hill is an excellent hike in the summer. This challenging route is perfect for both experienced and beginner hillwalkers. 

Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views of the Clyde Valley and beyond. On a clear day, as far as The Lake District and the mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland can be seen!



Head along to Douglas for a day filled with history. The three-mile walking route guides you through St Bride’s Church, the Polish War Monuments and Douglas Castle.

This path has easy terrain, so you don’t need to worry if you have a buggy or pram. Once you’ve completed your walk, why not pop in to one of the nearby coffee shops for a slice of cake and cup of tea?