The Lanark / Cleghorn Area
Lanark is an historic market town famous for retaining its original medieval pattern of “closes” off the High St. The weekly Monday market brings the farming community together as it has for centuries. There is a wide range of shops from the usual supermarkets and chain stores to lots of local independent stores. The town also boasts a recently refurbished swimming pool and leisure complex, several parks, library and some excellent restaurants. Golfers are spoiled with a choice of Lanark itself and Carstairs a few miles away.
The New Lanark World Heritage Site and Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve is only a short drive and is well worth a visit. The old mills can be explored and the forward thinking ideas of David Dale and Robert Owen are well presented for all ages. There are lovely wooded walks beside the River Clyde (great for the dogs) to the picturesque Falls. There is a peregrine nesting site and the nesting birds can be viewed from a hide. Rangers also give informative guided walks to see the bats and badgers.
South Lanarkshire, particularly to the south of Lanark, is very pretty. There are very pleasant drives to Biggar and Broughton. These drives pass Tinto Hill, a pleasant 90 minute climb and from where, on a clear day, Scotland can be seen literally from one side to the other with the Bass Rock visible in the East and Ailsa Craig to the West.
To the North, the tourist drive along the Clyde Valley is spectacular in Spring when the fruit trees the area specialises in are in blossom. Lots of garden centres encourage you to “pick your own” and to pause for coffee and cake.
The Clyde Valley route brings you to Hamilton past Chatelerhault Country Park where the Duke of Hamilton’s hunting lodge dominates the local landscape. The Mausoleum is prominent also, famous for its acoustics and internal decoration full of symbolism. Hamilton offers a wide array of shopping opportunities and Vue cinema complex. The nearby towns of Motherwell, Coatbridge and Airdrie have their heritage in Lanarkshire’s industrial past in stark contrast to the leafy southern part of the county.
Edinburgh / Glasgow
Mill House is equidistant from these great cities (approx 30 miles) so a great base from which to explore both. These well-known cultural, shopping and sporting centres need little introduction and can easily be explored in day trips from Mill House.
Public Transport: The local bus stops 0.1 mile from Mill House and that there are excellent bus links from Lanark Bus Terminal. On the trains, both Lanark and Carstairs Junction provide excellent links to Glasgow, Edinburgh and more.
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