New Lanark World Heritage Site Blog

19/05/17 Roof Garden # , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

May is a lovely time at New Lanark.  Earlier in the month the apple tree in Robert Owen’s Garden was covered in white blossom, and around  the village the sprouting green foliage contrasts with the stone of the 200-year-old mill buildings.

The Apple Tree in Robert Owen’s Garden

The mavis or song-thrush pours out its song over the valley.  Mavis derives its name from May and avis, the Latin word for bird.   The spell of long, dry weather had left the River Clyde very low, exposing  its flat gray rocks,  but with the recent return of the rain, the river is just covering them again.

Where have the Falls gone?!


In New Lanark Roof Garden, as in previous years, a mother duck and her chicks had to be rescued by rangers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust after the chicks hatched out in the roof garden and were trapped there!

Last year’s duck family on the go


Find out more about visiting New Lanark this spring. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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11/05/17 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Meet the Guides: Darren

Meet the Guides: Darren

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a blog to introduce you to our new team members…

Name: Darren Hardie

Hometown: Glasgow

Age: 22

When did you start working at New Lanark? November 2016

What is your dream job or career? I’d love to be a Firefighter or a lecturer in history!

What’s your favourite spot at New Lanark? Dundaff Linn – the viewing spot within the Retort House.

What’s your favourite aspect of New Lanark’s history? The progressive values that have existed and continue to exist at New Lanark.

What’s your favourite thing about working at New Lanark? The team!

If you had to describe New Lanark in one word, what would it be? Scenic

If you could invite any character or person from history to a dinner party, who would it be and why? Maya Angelou because she is the fiercest, strongest woman in recent history.

If you could live in any period of history what would it be and why? The Christianisation of the Anglo-Saxons. It was a time of major change and upheaval meaning the chance to control a Kingdom was never far off.

What other Scottish attractions or historical locations do you enjoy visiting? The Riverside Museum as it is an excellent example of a museum that is very intellectually stimulating but also family friendly.

As part of Darren’s role as one of our Visitor Attraction Assistants he will be helping deliver our new programme of ‘Story of New Lanark’ guided tours which will be running daily at 11am and 2pm. The tours are included with a Visitor Attraction ticket or visitors can also pay £5 seperately to just go on one of the tours.

You can find out more about visiting New Lanark and purchase Visitor Attraction tickets online at

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New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland, and is one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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