Summer in Lanarkshire

Are you thinking of things to do this summer? Think of picnics on the grass, getting the family out of the house and long summer nights strolling in the slowly fading light...Here are some suggestions for the best places for the most Summery of activities.

Calderglen Country PArk

Catch up with your favourite animals in the zoo, mine are the sleepy Fennec Fox and the busy ants marching over your head on the rope bridge, don't worry they hardly ever fall on your head! Relax by the flowing Calder with its ancient trees and attractive waterfalls.

Summerlee - the museum of scottish industrial life

Its summer so why not Summerlee? As well as the indoor attraction, you can explore the large site with its play area, canal side walkway and recreated miners cottages.

little sparta - a garden of magical surprises

Possibly the most important garden in Britain, one of Lanarkshire's best kept secrets. Created by the artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, discover the artworks among the plants and ponds and dream away the afternoon.

then what?

When you have been to all these places use our search tool (above) to find more things to see and do in Lanarkshire. Spend less time in the car travelling and more time in the sun, (hopefully!)

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Lesmahagow, Sandford & Strathaven

Lesmahagow, Sandford & Strathaven

This cycle route connects the ancient communities of Lesmahagow and Strathavenand there is plenty of interest in both to add at least an hour to your journey time.
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Luggiebank & Palacerigg

Luggiebank & Palacerigg

Rich in interest and things to see, on the walk from Cumbernauld to Palacerigg Country Park, stunning views open up northwards to the Campsies and beyond to the Southern Highlands.
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New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde Walking Route

New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde Walking Route

New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde, a spectacular river walk. Walk from New Lanark, the UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore the River Clyde’s hidden side.
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North Calder Heritage Trail - Smartways

North Calder Heritage Trail - Smartways

Enjoy a fun day out following the North Calder Heritage Trail. The trail starts at Summerlee - National Museum of Industrial Life in Coatbridge and ends at Hillend Reservoir.
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Old Lanark Road, Fiddler's Glen, Crossford & the Clyde Walkway

Old Lanark Road, Fiddler's Glen, Crossford & the Clyde Walkway

Carluke is an old market town at an important crossroads between central and southern Scotland, where old and new road converge.
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Shotts to Blackridge

Shotts to Blackridge

From Shotts Railway Station and leading through Kirk O'Shotts, Caldercruix, East to Blackridge and then back to Shotts. Some of the most scenic and unspoilt sections of North Lanarkshire.
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South Airdrie Path Network

South Airdrie Path Network

The South Airdrie Path Network has great opportunities for walking and cycling on paths in and around Calderbank, Cairnhill, Sikeside, Brownsburn, Gartlea and Chaplehall. Fun for all the family.
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Walk or Cycle | Strathaven and Whitelees Wind Farm

Walk or Cycle | Strathaven and Whitelees Wind Farm

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Strathaven, Sandford and Spectacle E’e falls Walking Route

Strathaven, Sandford and Spectacle E’e falls Walking Route

Essential Information Distance: 3 milesTime: 1 – 2 hoursDifficulty: easy/moderateTerrain: footpaths and meadowStart/finish point: Common Green, StrathavenTransport: Train – East Kilbride railway station 8 miles; Bus – regular services between East Kilbride and Hamilton and StrathavenRefreshment: Strathaven is well served by tearooms,...
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Walk or Cycle | Summerlee Monkland Canal  N Calder Trail

Walk or Cycle | Summerlee Monkland Canal N Calder Trail

Start/Finish: Summerlee Museum Transport: Train-Coatbridge Central, Coatbridge Sunnyside or Blairhill Railway Stations Refreshment: Drumpellier Country Park Visitor Centre cafe 01236 422257 www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life cafe 01236 638454 www.visitlanarkshire.com/summerlee Distance: 8 1/2 miles Time: 2-3 hours Difficulty: Easy (moderate in...
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Summerlee to Drumgelloch

Summerlee to Drumgelloch

Not ready for the Tour de France yet? Start off with this easy 4 mile A to B cycle from Coatbridge to Airdrie with fascinating points of industrial interest along the way.
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The John Muir Way

The John Muir Way

A fantastic coast to coast walking route that stretches through the heart of Scotland from Helensburgh on the west coast to Dunbar on the east coast.
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