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New Lanark

Suggested days out from Glasgow and Edinburgh by train

A remarkable place for two main reasons. Firstly, built during the Victorian industrial revolution to utilise the River Clyde’s waters for processing textiles, it was one of the first industrial centres in the UK where welfare of the workforce was considered important. Education, healthcare and co-operative shopping facilities were provided – almost unheard of elsewhere in Britain at that time. Secondly, the whole village, in the picturesque Clyde Valley not far from the market town of Lanark, has been restored to a welcoming and attractive village.

You can visit the schoolrooms, old mills (restored to working order) and visit visionary industrialist Robert Owen’s house. There are gift shops, restaurants, an excellent hotel and miles of riverside walks. The Clyde waterfalls are nearby.

Take a Lanark train from Glasgow Central’s low level platforms (half hourly service; hourly on Sundays). At Lanark, transfer to a bus (also half hourly) to New Lanark. The bus station in Lanark is next to the rail station. Glasgow-Lanark – around 50 minutes. Lanark-New Lanark (bus)- around twenty minutes.


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