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Best things to do in South Lanarkshire

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Top 15 things to do in South Lanarkshire

1. Falls of Clyde, Lanark

The Falls of Clyde is the collective name of four linn on the River Clyde near New Lanark, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The Falls of Clyde comprise the upper falls of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 84 feet. Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn and Dundaff Linn are above New Lanark and located within the Falls of Clyde Reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, a national nature conservation charity. Stonebyres Linn is located several miles downstream from the reserve and New Lanark.HistoryThe area has long been a popular destination for visitors. The Wordsworths, Coleridge and Sir Walter Scott all visited the Falls. In 1802, William Wordsworth immortalised Corra Linn, the largest of the waterfalls, in verse. Corra Linn has also been painted by a number of artists, including J. M. W. Turner. The name comes from the Gaelic 'currach', a marshy place. A legend gives 'Cora' as a daughter of King Malcolm II, who leapt to her death here whilst trying to escape imagined danger.Near Corra Linn is the Pavilion, built by Sir John Carmichael of Bonnington, probably in 1708. The Pavilion had mirrors on its back wall, and when the doors were opened visitors had the illusion of standing beneath the falls. The 15th-century Corra Castle is next to Corra Linn. It is now home to a family of rare bats. Corra is Gaelic for "weir", and as Corra Castle's early history is vague, some historians believe it was an early possession of the Weirs, the principle landowning family in the County after the dukes of Hamilton from the 13th to 19th centuries. Corehouse, built in 1844, the home of the Cranstoun family, is nearby. At Stonebyres Linn the ruins of 15th-century Stonebyres Castle may be seen.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Calderglen Country Park, East Kilbride

Calderglen Country Park is a country park in the town of East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is situated along the eastern edge of the town and is its principal greenspace and recreation area.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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3. New Lanark World Heritage Site, Lanark

New Lanark World Heritage Site was originally a cotton mill village founded in 1786, and today you can see most of the buildings as they would have looked in the 18th century as a result of restoration work. In the visitor center, learn about the rich history of the village and the life of the mill manager and social pioneer, Robert Owen. Wander the historic streets and imagine how people lived and worked in Owen’s time. Take the Annie McLeod experience ride, where the ‘ghost’ of a mill girl takes you on a journey. Head up to the Roof Garden and enjoy views of the village and the surrounding scenery. Have a bite to eat at the cafe or make use of one the many picnic spots around the village.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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4. Private New Lanark Luxury Day Trip

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We specialise in creating Scottish adventures for individuals. As our tours are personally tailored to your interests, you will leave with a feeling of satisfaction knowing that you've seen what you wanted, how you wanted.In a place where rare examples of history, wildlife and industrialisation exist together in harmony, New Lanark is a destination truly like no other! Enjoy, relax and just switch off. Get to know the country and its people, immerse yourself in nature and tradition. At TRIPorganiser we know where to find something special. Trust us with your with valuable travel time. Authenticity is our top priority.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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5. Chatelherault, Hamilton

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. David Livingstone Birthplace, Blantyre

The David Livingstone Centre is currently closed for redevelopment. Please follow our progress on social media!

The Centre will become a key resource for learning about his heritage and his far reaching impact in - science, health, exploration, faith and humanitarian endeavour. It will be a vibrant new visitor destination telling the story of the remarkable life and heritage of David Livingstone (1813 – 1873). This story sets Scotland in a global context and presents a compelling universal example of what each of us can achieve – and what we have to offer the world. Given the importance of our Collection we intend to become a centre for research; and deliver learning and public programmes to support schools, community regeneration and international partnerships.

David Livingstone (1813 – 1873) was born in Blantyre Mill, a poor millworker’s son. Inspired by the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment, by faith and by the mill’s commitment to workers education, he went on to become a world-renowned African explorer, medical missionary and anti-slavery campaigner. He received the Freedom of London and is buried in Westminster Abbey. Hailed as ‘Africa’s First Freedom Fighter’, Livingstone remains a positive example of international solidarity and his story presents Scottish history, culture and learning within a truly global context
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Netherfield Alpacas, Lanark

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Krishna Eco Farm, Lesmahagow

At Krishna Eco-Farm in Scotland UK, we endeavor to bring about a way of life which is in harmony with nature, appreciating the maxim of treading gently on the earth with reverence for all forms of life. In the hope to promote peace and offer a positive alternative to the dominant consumerist and materialistic world view.

In January 2010, ISKCON Scotland Karuna Bhavan became a host to WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), which has enabled us to further develop the Project, as well as enable many people, from all walks of life, the opportunity to learn and experience the satisfaction of such a way of life. This opportunity is available to anyone who is willing to volunteer and who doesn't mind putting on a pair of Wellington boots!

We are a developing project and these are exciting times for anyone willing to take up the many opportunities to learn, contribute, grow and share. Where we need you...

* To help us design an organic herb garden, contributing to our kitchen, helping us prepare our famous vegetarian food or prasadam, and making it even more wholesome!

* To help us grow more food to make our kitchen completely self-sufficient

* To contribute your knowledge and skills to help the project become more permaculture friendly

* To help plant hedgerows and a fruit orchard

* To help us research local medicinal plants and design a garden to grow them

* To help us to design a forest garden

* The many small and big activities that go in to maintaining the Project

What can you expect?

* Our famous vegetarian food (3 meals a day)

* Comfortable shared accommodation

* Daily mantra meditation and science of self-realization/Bhagwad Gita classes

* Year round opportunities to participate in seasonal festivals

* Learning opportunities to best utilize and develop your innate capacities

* Being part of a sharing, supportive and welcoming community, focused on learning and self-development

* Access to bicycles to explore the local countryside

* Internet Access
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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9. National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

Explore Scotland's rich countryside traditions at National Museum of Rural Life, a complex documenting farming, animal husbandry, and development throughout the area's long history. Pay a visit to this living, breathing, family-friendly museum and wander its verdant grounds, replete with horses, pigs, cattle, sheep, and other popular farmyard residents. The collections of tractors, tools, and working farm equipment are likely to give you a newfound appreciation for the hard labor that for centuries went into building Scotland as a nation. Those with little ones should catch some of the many demonstrations, including cow-milking, traditional local crafts, and gardening. Be sure to check the museum's website for information about temporary exhibits, special events, and activities.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Craignethan Castle, Lesmahagow

Craignethan Castle is a ruined castle in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located above the River Nethan, a tributary of the River Clyde, at NS816464. The castle is two miles west of the village of Crossford, and 4.5 miles north-west of Lanark. Built in the first half of the 16th century, Craignethan is recognised as an excellent early example of a sophisticated artillery fortification, although its defences were never fully tested.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Hamilton Park Racecourse, Hamilton

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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13. Tinto Hill, Coulter

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Bothwell Castle, Uddingston

Bothwell Castle is a large medieval castle, sited on a high, steep bank, above a bend in the River Clyde in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located between Bothwell and Uddingston, about 10 miles (16 km) south-east of Glasgow. Construction of the castle was begun in the 13th century by the ancestors of Clan Murray, to guard a strategic crossing point of the Clyde. Bothwell played a key role in Scotland's Wars of Independence, changing hands several times.

The huge cylindrical donjon was built in the 13th century, but before the rest of the castle was completed it was severely damaged in a series of sieges. Rebuilding in the early 15th century enlarged the castle, but it was abandoned by the 18th century. The present ruin is rectangular, with the remains of the donjon to the west, and the later Great Hall to the east. The courtyard is enclosed by long curtain walls, with round towers at the south-east and south-west corners. The castle was described by Scottish archaeologist William Douglas Simpson as one of the "foremost secular structures of the Middle Ages in Scotland".
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Beeches Cottage Nursery, Lanark

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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