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Lanarkshire has many worldwide claims to fame, firsts and quirky facts for you to discover. Here are our top ten to get you started. 

 

1. In all its sporting glory… 

The eyes of the world were on Lanarkshire in 2014 when the area hosted not one but two of the Commonwealth Games events; the triathlon at Strathclyde Park and mountain biking at Cathkin Braes  

 2. We're world famous… 

Just like amazing places such as the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids in Egypt, the Acropolis in Athens, Lanarkshire is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; New Lanark and the Antonine Wall

 3. Wait for it… 

Not only is Hamilton Mausoleum a striking building featuring a huge 36m high dome, magnificent bronze doors and a stunning floor made up of different marbles from around the world, it also has the longest echo in the world at an amazing 15-seconds long

 4. We've got the power…

Located on the Falls of Clyde Reserve within the New Lanark World Heritage Site is Britain's first commercial Hydro-Electric Power Station, constructed in 1926. Bonnington Power Station is still in use today, operated by Scottish Power and has the capacity to generate 11 megawatts (MW) of power from the Bonnington and Corra Linn waterfalls

 5. Climb new heights…

Tinto Hill, the graceful cone shaped hill on Lanarkshire’s southern horizon the highest point in central Scotland at 707m. At its summit is the largest cairn in Scotland, dating back to the Bronze Age. It is tradition to carry a rock from the bottom and place it on the top to keep Tinto growing!

 6. A ripe old age…

It is believed that John Taylor, a miner from Leadhills, South Lanarkshire was the world’s longest lived person. Reputed to be 137 years of age at the time of his death, John Taylor's grave which is shared with his son, Robert can be seen in the Leadhills village cemetery

 7. Early curling…

You'll find one of the oldest curling ponds in the world in Lanarkshire on the Colzium Estate in Kilsyth. The town itself also claims to be the place where the sport was first constituted and is home to the world's first curling club, started in 1716 and still surviving to this day

 8. Exploring great plains…

Perhaps Lanarkshire’s most famous son is 19th century missionary and explorer David Livingstone who was born and lived in Blantyre. He is believed to have been the first European to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya which he named Victoria Falls in English after the reigning monarch of the time, Queen Victoria.

9. Striking gold…

Weighing 27oz, the biggest gold nugget ever found in the UK was discovered in Lanarkshire. Don't start a new gold rush though - that was back in 1502!

 10. Historic castles…

Lanarkshire is home to Scotland’s largest and finest 13th Century castle, Bothwell Castle. It was much fought over during the Wars of Independence and part of the original circular keep survives today