Lanark is a very attractive market town with a rich history, known for its links to the story of William Wallace, recently made famous in the film Braveheart.
Wallace entered the history books when he killed the English Sheriff of Lanark in 1297, said to be in vengeance for the death of his wife Marion Braidfute, and began his campaign for Scottish independence. The site of his home in Lanark is now marked by a small plaque, and the remains of St Kentigerns church where Wallace and Marion were married can still be seen today.
The swift waters of the river Clyde gave Lanark prosperity during the industrial revolution, when they were harnessed to drive cotton mills in the Clyde valley.
New Lanark is a stunning restored 18th century mill complex set in a rocky gorge which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With an award-winning visitor centre that brings the history of the village to life, recreated houses and other buildings, beautiful roof garden, shops and cafe, it is one of Scotland's leading tourist attractions.
Also within New Lanark is a Scottish Wildlife visitor centre with fun and interactive displays leading to a riverside walk to the scenic Falls of Clyde nature reserve. With 3 spectacular waterfalls in a beautiful wooded gorge, it is perfect for walks and wildlife-watching.
Stay in the area and enjoy the countryside along the River Clyde
Towns Near Lanark To Visit - straight line distance:Biggar (10.59 miles) Strathaven (11.06 miles) Motherwell (11.49 miles) Hamilton (12.51 miles)
New Lanark World Heritage Site Award winning living village museum in what were once Scotlands largest cotton mills.