Let’s take a trip down the Clyde Valley

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Start: Chatelherault at 10:00am
Finish: New Lanark 5:00pm
Method of transport: Car
Estimated duration of trip: 7 hours (with dinner)
Travel distance 15 miles:
Chatelherault Country Park to Lanark - 35 mins (25 miles) Lanark to New Lanark - 10 mins (3 miles)
Weather is Scotland can be unpredictable, but this day out features some short walks where you can take advantage of breaks and in the weather, and plenty of opportunities to get indoors for some well deserved rest and refreshment. The day is finished off at New Lanark World Heritage Site.
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  • Start your day at Chatelherault Country Park. Formerly a hunting lodge of the Duke of Hamilton, Chatelherault is nowadays referred to as A ‘Jewel in the Landscape’. With a five star rating from VisitScotland, the visitor centre contains exhibitions of the area’s history, wildlife and the story of Chatelherault itself. Should you wish to stretch your legs, there are over 10 miles of woodland walks through and around the beautiful Avon Gorge. Refreshment option: Should you be peckish or want a cuppa, Chatelherault Visitor Centre has a charming cafe selling home baking, teas and coffees and other hot snacks.
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  • 12 noon
    Lanark
    Leaving Chatelherault, take A72 then A71 south which will take you down the Clyde Valley Tourist Route. The full Clyde Valley Tourist Route covers a distance of 42 miles/67km passing through spectacular scenery and many interesting and important sites which offer an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Clyde Valley. On this itinerary you will cover a shorter section as you drive 15 miles from Chatelherault down to the end destination of New Lanark. One of the prominent features of the route is the numerous garden centres that populate the route. In addition to offering an array of plants, garden furniture and hardware, the centres offer unusual gift ideas and warm hospitality (and coffee) to visitors making them an ideal break point during your journey. Leaving the garden section part of the route, you will next pass through the Royal Burgh of Lanark, an attractive market town home to variety of shops, restaurants and local attractions. Lanark offers a variety of attractions including The Royal Burgh of Lanark Museum which illustrates the ancient and varied history of the town including its association with two of Scotland’s most famous sons – William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce. When planning your visit, please note that Lanark Museum is open: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 11am - 4pm.
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  • 2:30 pm
    New Lanark
    The next section of the trip is the short trip (3 miles) from Lanark to New Lanark. Nowadays a re-known World Heritage Site, New Lanark rose to fame when Robert Owen was the mill manager in 1800-1825. Owen introduced a series of social reforms, revolutionary at the time, that created opportunities for the workers which were years ahead of the time. Child labour and corporal punishment were abolished and instead decent homes, affordable food, schools with night classes, the first nursery school in the world and free health care for all the workers were provided in its place. Visitors to the beautifully restored New Lanark World Heritage Site village can gain an insight into what it must have been like to live and work in the village at this time. One of the star attractions of the main visitor attraction is the audio visual ride - The Annie McLeod Experience where the ghost of a young millworker takes visitors through life in the village. Visitors can see wool being spun on working textile machines, visitors can also take a look inside a restored mill worker’s house and pop along to the village store as well as visiting Robert Owen’s house. Visitors to New Lanark can also enjoy the beautiful riverside walks through the dramatic Falls of Clyde Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. Visitors here can regale in the spectacle of three waterfalls which show the river’s power and why the village was established in the location in the first place. The most spectacular waterfall is the Corra Linn waterfall which stands at an impressive 27m high. After taking in the impressive falls, visitors can indulge in some retail therapy and peruse high quality merchandise in the recently refurbished shop which stocks a variety of gift ideas including many made using material spun in the very building that you are standing in. Should you be looking for a bite before heading home, there is a cafe in the main building or a more extensive menu is offered in the New Lanark Mill hotel. Did we mention that the hotel also has a spa? Why not make that day trip an overnight stay and then proceed to explore the remaining 27 miles of the Clyde Valley Tourist Route the following day?
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Weather is Scotland can be unpredictable, but this day out features some short walks where you can take advantage of breaks and in the weather, and plenty of opportunities to get indoors for some well deserved rest and refreshment. The day is finished off at New Lanark World Heritage Site.
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"Being green fingered I love a trip to the garden centres dotted along the Clyde Valley." Abigail, Glasgow "New Lanark is one of my favourite places in the whole of Scotland." Tom, Alloa.
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  • "The walk was my favourite part of this" - Kate

Weather is Scotland can be unpredictable, but this day out features some short walks where you can take advantage of breaks and in the weather, and plenty of opportunities to get indoors for some well deserved rest and refreshment. The day is finished off at New Lanark World Heritage Site.
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