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10 February Break ideas at New Lanark

10 February Break ideas at New Lanark

It feels as if we’ve just packed away the last of the tinsel and it’s the February Break already! It’s not quite Spring yet, but the mornings and nights are getting lighter so there’s no excuse for not getting out and about to make the most of your time off. With things to do in our historic village for all ages we’ve pulled together a list of 10 things you can do at New Lanark during the February Break weekend, or any weekend really!


Talk a walk on the wildlife side

New Lanark rests on the doorstep of the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy a stunning woodland walk to see the famous Falls of Clyde Waterfalls! Find out more about the route here.

Falls of Clyde - Corra Linn


Brush up on your history

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. Celebrate Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology by discovering the fascinating history of our village. Find out more about visiting.

February Break - New Lanark Visitor Centre



Jump around!

Something for the little ones, explore a multi-sensory experience of sound, light and colour in the Interactive Gallery Soft Play Area. Entry to the Interactive Gallery is £3 per child or £1.50 with a Visitor Centre Passport Ticket only on date of purchase. This price allows play for up to 2 hours. Under 1’s go free. Find out more about visiting.

February Break - Interactive Gallery


Try something sweet

Our award-winning Ice Cream is made in the hear of our historic village! Whenever you buy a cone or tub of our Ice Cream you’re contributing to the restoration and development of the historic village within New Lanark World Heritage Site. Pick up a cone or tub in our Mill Café!

February Break - New Lanark Ice Cream


Enjoy some Retail Therapy

The New Lanark Mill Shop offers a superb range of contemporary gifts, books & Scottish produce. Taking centre stage is New Lanark Wool & Textiles which includes yarn produced on site, knitting kits and a selection of textiles. The shop also features gents fashions from local retailer Brooks Menswear. The New Lanark Mill Shop is also the home of the world’s first Organic Tartan, which is exclusively sold here through a range of beautiful throws, bags, purses and accessories. Open 7 days a week! Find out more about visiting the Mill Shop.

February Break - New Lanark Mill Shop


Meet a musical prodigy!

YEHUDI MENUHIN SCHOOL EMSEMBLE – Thursday 9 February at 7.45 pm 2017 The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

MiL are delighted to welcome back for the third year the latest Ensemble of musical prodigies from the Yehudi Menuhin School. Their February Scottish Tour is particularly a showcase for their exceptional pianists, and the School staff were ‘instrumental’ in our investment in “Ruth”, our new piano. The School has taken strongly to New Lanark both as an educational experience and a performing venue and we eagerly anticipate another evening of extraordinary young talent. Book tickets here.




Get Knitting

At New Lanark today we produce high quality woollen yarn on historic textile machinery. Our yarn is available in the following weights; Chunky, Aran and Double Knitting, each of which are ideal for both hand knitting and machine knitting. Browse our beautiful range of shades in the New Lanark Mill Shop or buy online at for a weekend knitting project!

February Break - New Lanark Wool & textiles


Wine and Dine

Sometimes all you want to do at the weekend is enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine. If that’s the case then look no further than the Mill One Restaurant at New Lanark! Serving up delicious meals daily, this contemporary restaurant which is accredited to the Visit Scotland’s ‘Taste our Best’ scheme is proud to serve a range of local Scottish produce giving visitors and residents an authentic taste of Scotland. Find out more and book your table.

February Break - New Lanark Wool & textiles


Relax in the Spa

The excellent facilities at New Lanark Health and Fitness Club include a swimming pool, bubble pool, steam room, sauna, and a health and fitness studio with full range of gym equipment. Whether you want to shape up and improve your fitness level, or simply relax and unwind, this superb facility is right for you. Why not check out our fantastic Spa Day Packages?

February Break - New Lanark Spa


Make a weekend of it

Unlike any other in Scotland, the New Lanark Mill Hotel was originally an 18th century cotton mill. After years of painstaking restoration work by New Lanark Trust, the hotel opened for business and pleasure in May 1998, and has quickly developed into a popular choice for a short break destination. Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site this restored 18th century cotton mill village is nestled in the spectacular south Lanarkshire valley in southern Scotland, close to the Falls of Clyde and less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Find out more and book your stay.

February Break - New Lanark Mill Hotel



As you can see there are so many options for you to enjoy at New Lanark! Find out more about visiting our historic village at

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

On of the first nights of celebration in the Scottish calendar is Burns Night! Burns Night marks the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on 25 January each year. The first celebration took place in 1801 in Alloway, and today Burns Night is celebrated around the world. The traditional fare is Haggis, Neeps (turnips) and Tatties (potatoes) and of course a few drams of whisky. If you fancy shaking things up a bit, we’ve compiled a list of some other Scottish food & drink you can incorporate into your Burns Night meal…

New Lanark Ice Cream – made at New Lanark World Heritage Site, Lanarkshire

End your meal with something sweet and enjoy some award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream! Made to a traditional recipe in the historic Mechanics’ Workshop building in the village of New Lanark. We produce a range of flavours from the classic Simply Vanilla to more adventurous Scottish flavours like Irn Bru , Puff Candy and Raspberry Cranachan! Available to purchase in the New Lanark Mill Café. (for wholesale enquiries please contact 01555 666875). Find out more about New Lanark Ice Cream here.

Ooft! Scotch Bonnet Sauce sauce – made in the Scottish Borders

Spice up your meal with some Scotch Bonnet sauce! The pepper used to make the sauce is named for its resemblance to a tam o’ shanter hat.

“This is a sauce made to an old family recipe from Trinidad and is aged for between one and two years before bottling. The recipe was developed by my wife’s father Rudy DeCoteau who was a master peppers maker living in Maracas St Joseph. The unique smooth flavor is developed when the sauce is laid down like fine wine to mature in vats for over a year before bottling. During that time the vats are checked and shaken weekly. Its along slow process but we think its worth it. Hot sauce, chilli sauce, pepper sauce.” Find out more about buying  Ooft! Scotch Bonner Sauce.

Ooft Scotch Bonnet Sauce

Image Credit – Ooft Scotch Bonnet Sauce Facebook page

Seriously Good Venison – reared in Cupar, Fife

Try something other than Haggis…..Seriously Good award winning venison, Highland beef, Hebridean hogget & mutton and rare breed Perthshire pork. Find out more about buying Seriously Good Venison.


Seriously Good Venison

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Dunlop Dairy Cheeses – made in Ayrshire

Finishing your meal with a cheese board? Enjoy a selection of Scottish cheeses from Dunlop Dairy – a traditional Ayrshire cheesemaker. Find out more about buying Dunlop Dairy Cheese.

Image Credit Dunlop Dairy Facebook page


Isle of Harris Gin – made on the Isle of Harris

If whisky isn’t your tipple of choice why not try some Isle of Harris gin? Distilled in the heart of Harris, this gin is made with local waters and made by local hands. Find out more about buying Isle of Harris Gin.

Isle of Harris Gin

Image credit – Isle of Harris Gin Facebook page


If you don’t fancy cooking why not visit the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s Mill One Restaurant for a delicious meal? Take a look at the menu here!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

This year the Early May Bank Holiday falls on Monday 2nd May. Make it a ‘May Day’ to remember with a trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site!


paul at market

Spring Food & Gift Fair – Monday 2nd May

Our annual Spring Food & Gift Fair will be taking place on the May Bank Holiday, with a host of stalls selling local produce, crafts and gifts! Entry is free and the fair runs from 10am-4pm. Also available will be New Lanark Ice Cream, New Lanark Wool & Textiles and special stalls from the Mill Shop & Village Store!



New Lanark Visitor Centre

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. There are many attractions to enjoy within the Visitor Centre, including: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Roof Garden, Robert Owen’s School for Children, Millworkers’ House in 1820s and 1930s, Robert Owen’s House, Village Store and the Working Textile Machinery / People & Cotton Exhibition. A full day at New Lanark Visitor Centre can be complemented by lunch in the Mill Café, and a browse in the two shopping areas – the Mill Shop & Village Store.


Falls of Clyde

Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

New Lanark World Heritage Site is surrounded by native woodlands and is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde: ideal for woodland walks this May Bank Holiday and wildlife spotting at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers.


People enjoying Clearburn

Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

In March 2016 Clearburn was awarded ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudsons Heritage Awards 2016. In September 2014, we were delighted to open our brand new Clearburn Picnic and Play Area which will be a fantastic resource for the community and visitors alike. The development of the project was generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. With adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome, a secret hideaway tree house, and bug hotels (to name just a few of the features of the Play Area!) there is more than enough to keep the kids entertained.



New Lanark Mill Hotel

Why not make a full weekend away of your May Bank Holiday? We have a number of accommodation options onsite so you can wake up in a World Heritage Site! We have the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering Waterhouses.


Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Activity Breaks at New Lanark World Heritage Site

Activity Breaks at New Lanark World Heritage Site

Looking for an activity break in Scotland? New Lanark World Heritage Site is the perfect base for your adventure!

New Lanark is located in Lanarkshire’s beautiful Clyde Valley, around 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh  – making it the perfect central location for an activity break and exploring Scotland. There are a number of accommodation options at New Lanark to suit a variety of needs and budgets…

The stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel has 38 spacious and stylish bedrooms with free wifi access. All of the bedrooms enjoy spectacular views across the River Clyde or the historic village of New Lanark.

There are also 8 self-catering Waterhouses which rest on the banks of the River Clyde. These 4 star cottages all feature open plan living room, dining and kitchen areas as well as a fully fitted kitchen, freeview TV and family bathroom.

For those looking for a unique hostel experience, the Wee Row Hostel has it all! The hostel has 18 rooms, all with river views and ensuite facilities. There is a choice of twin, double, triple and quad rooms with linen provided on all beds for arrival. Wee Row Hostel also features full catering & self-catering kitchens, Dining Room, TV Lounge, Meeting Room, Wifi Access, Laundry Room and Bike Store.

After enjoying a day of activities, New Lanark is the perfect place to come home to for a relaxing evening. There is an onsite Health & Fitness Club with a 16m pool, sauna, steam room and spa for an extra special treat! We also have the Mill One Restaurant which serves delicious dishes made using local produce, and the Mill One Bar & Lounge for a refreshing drink at the end of the day.


Falls of Clyde

The first of the three Falls of Clyde waterfalls at New Lanark

Activities on your doorstep…




Tinto Hill – credit Visit Lanarkshire

Activities a short drive away…

  • Kypeside Fishery – in the 30 acre Kype Resevoir, boasts three Lochs, one fly & Bait fishing and two Fly only.
  • Tinto Hill – one of central Scotland’s best walks with a superbview point (5 miles, 2-3 hours)
  • Culter Fell – the most popular, highest and most shapely of this rolling range of hills on the Lanarkshire / Borders boundary, south of Biggar.
  • Biggar Adventures Ltd – abseiling, canoeing, mountain biking and more!
  • Chatelherault Country Park – 10 miles of stunning gorge walks along the River Avon + a visitor centre, café & more.
  • Strathclyde Park  – One of Scotland’s best locations for watersports, walking, cycling and other outdoor activities!
  • M&Ds – Scotland’s Theme Park with rides, indoor bowling, soft play area & AMAZONIA – Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest.




Mountain Biking at Glentress – credit Visit Tweed Valley.

A full day out of activities…


As you can see, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained on an activity break to Scotland – and you can make it even more memorable by waking up in one of Scotland’s 6 World Heritage Sites!

Please do not hesitate to contact New Lanark Trust if you have any enquiries about visiting. 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

#ScotSpirit – the Spirit of Scotland!

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Scottish Wedding Awards 2013

Scottish Wedding Awards 2013

Scottish Wedding Awards finalists vow to do their best.

New Lanark Mill Hotel  has been shortlisted as one of the top 2 finalists in the Wedding Venue of the Year category in the inaugural  Scottish Wedding Awards 2013.

Brides who were married at New Lanark Mill Hotel have voted to get the hotel into the final two for the ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ award in the South West region of Scotland! The category is currently being judged by Scottish Wedding Award’s panel of judges, with the regional and overall winner being announced at a glitzy & glamorous award ceremony, hosted by popular DJ Gina McKie, on the 22nd of April 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow. Five of the key wedding staff members at New Lanark Mill Hotel will be attending the black-tie dinner and  really hoping for a win!

Lynne Cooper, Wedding and Events Manager at New Lanark, said, “Thank you so much to all of our brides who have nominated us. This makes all the hard work worthwhile. The minimum we will achieve is runner up for the South-west of Scotland…a huge achievement for us. We are over the moon and keeping our fingers crossed for the 22nd. Thank you once again”.

Lynne  adds  “one of the main comments we receive is that our brides deal with the same person from the booking stage to when the wedding takes place. We build a good relationship with the brides, the grooms, and their families. It is not unknown for us to shed a tear at the back of the ceremony room!” Let’s hope there will be some happy tears on the 22nd!

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Girl power sizzles in New Lanark kitchen!

Girl power sizzles in New Lanark kitchen!

GIRL power is alive and well in the kitchen at New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Unusually for a male-dominated industry, a practically all-woman kitchen team is now in place under new Head Chef Linsey Scott.

And award-winning Linsey (31), born in Polbeth and now living in Breich, promises: “I’m taking the menu here back to basics – delicious unpretentious dishes, generous portions, beautifully presented.”

Her numerous awards show just what a great appointment she is for New Lanark – Hit Scotland Scholarship in 2009; Hospitality Salon Culinaire; winning Gold at La Parade Des Chefs in 2009; Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2011; and at this year’s Scottish Hotel Awards, Linsey was voted Hotel Executive Chef Médaille d’Or, the top accolade.

The four other ladies cooking up a storm at New Lanark Mill, voted the best hotel in Lanarkshire by readers of Tripadvisor, are chefs Barbara Connolly, Robynne Greenshields, Sarah Henderson and Amy North.

They’re joined by Commis Chef Jamie Donaldson and Junior Sous Chef Leon McIntyre who provide some male balance in the female-dominated kitchen!

“They make a great team and are all wonderful to work with,” said Linsey. “They’re full of enthusiasm, passion and drive – exactly what you need in a top chef.”

Linsey always loved cooking and her interest first started with her favourite class, Home Economics, at West Calder High School plus her parents’ encouragement and support.

After taking an HNC at West Lothian College, she held a variety of restaurant posts including seven years at Cannon’s in West Calder and spells at Livingstone’s in Linlithgow, Dalhousie Castle and Compass World Class Dining at RBS Gogarburn.

Her high-flying career really took off when she joined the Aurora Hotel Collection and worked her way up in three years from Senior Sous Chef to Food Development Manager.

“It was a fantastic part of my career but it was time for a new challenge. I wanted to get a better work-life balance, the opportunity at New Lanark came along and I grabbed it with both hands.”

Now she has the chance to make her mark with her team.

“It’s my job to lead and advise them. I always tell them to think first of all about seasonality, local produce, flavours, textures and how it’s going to look on the plate. And most important of all – when you’ve cooked it, taste it. It’s amazing how many chefs don’t do that; you have to put yourself in the shoes of the person eating it.”

The new dinner menu at New Lanark Mill reflects her own personal taste for great food cooked to perfection.

“We’re not looking for Michelin stars here, we just want to provide great satisfying dishes at good prices that people will love to eat.”

Starters include Cullen Skink, Shetland king scallops and Stornoway black pudding with a cider and apple glaze and aromatic duck fritters. Mains range from beer battered haddock fillet with hand-cut chips to roast chicken breast with colcannon croquette and dry aged steaks from the chargrill while desserts include white chocolate cheesecake, apple and almond caramel sponge, marmalade ice cream and tiramisu. To see the menu click here.

And Linsey’s rung the changes in the bar menu too with sandwiches, salads, steak and haggis pie, home-made burgers, working lunches and afternoon teas proving especially popular. The bar menu is available here.

She added: “To keep us on our toes, any special requests or healthy diets are all welcome at New Lanark. Nothing is too much hassle – just ask and we’re always happy to accommodate you.”

Sarah Henderson (18), from Carnwath, is a demi chef de partie which means she’s learning her trade as a chef and currently specialising in the kitchen’s sauce section. With help from the senior chefs, she’s also being supported to gain her SVQ Level 3. The former Biggar High pupil came to the hotel two years ago. “It’s great to be part of a fun, female team. I love baking and one day hope to be a pastry chef,” she said.

Robynne and Amy are also about to make a start on their SVQ qualifications while also gaining valuable experience in the real kitchen.

And Jamie said: “Although the girls outnumber us in the kitchen, it’s a great place to work and we all get on great. I’m learning a lot from the ladies, especially about finesse, presentation and attention to detail. That’s what makes the difference between a good and a great dish.”

General Manager John Stirrat believes his team led by Linsey is set to be a winner.

“People have a more down-to-earth culinary mindset nowadays and I’m delighted that Linsey is overseeing a shift away from stuffier dining towards unfussy real food at affordable prices. With her award-winning background, I know she and her team will create a fantastic new dining experience at New Lanark.”

Girl Power captures the kitchen – Linsey (second right) with, left to right: Sarah, Amy, Barbara and Robynne.


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Top Award for New Lanark Mill Hotel

Some of the team from New Lanark Mill Hotel & New Lanark Trust

Some of the team from New Lanark Mill Hotel & New Lanark Trust

There were celebrations on Friday night (2nd March) when New Lanark Mill Hotel received top award in the Tourism and Leisure category at the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2012 ceremony.

These awards are hosted by North and South Lanarkshire Councils and recognise outstanding business achievements and success. This year saw record numbers of entrants making for strong competition in all the categories.

In the past year New Lanark Mill Hotel has gone from strength to strength having achieved a significant increase in turnover, occupancy and customer satisfaction. The hotel is one of the top listed hotels in the Lanarkshire area on the independent review website

John Stirrat, Hotel General Manager said:
“To receive such a prestigious award is truly fantastic. I am delighted to accept it on behalf of all the staff members who have contributed so much to the hotel’s success.”

The 38-bedroom hotel is set in stunning surroundings within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and facilities include a restaurant, health and fitness club, and banqueting and conference facilities. New Lanark Trust owns the hotel, and surpluses are used to help the continued restoration and conservation of the historic mill village.

Lorna Davidson, Director, New Lanark Trust said:
“The hotel’s performance in business terms is key to the ongoing development of this truly unique site. New Lanark attracts a significant number of visitors each year from all over the world, contributes to the local economy, and provides employment in this rural Lanarkshire area. This award is a great accolade for the hotel and New Lanark Trust. ”

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