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06/12/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , , , , ,

5 Winter Walks in Scotland you can’t miss!

5 Winter Walks in Scotland you can’t miss!

Looking for some stunning winter walks? We’ve pulled together our Top 5 favourite walks to enjoy this festive season. From leisurley strolls to work off that extra Christmas portion, to more advanced hikes – in Scotland there are a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities. In New Lanark we’re very lucky to have the stunning Falls of Clyde on our doorstep as well as a variety of other top walking spots including Lanark Loch / Racecourse, Tinto Hill, Cartland Craigs and Strathclyde Loch.


 1. Falls of Clyde and New Lanark

These magnificent waterfalls on the River Clyde have been impressing visitors for centuries – from Wordsworth to Coleridge, and J. M. W. Turner to Sir Walter Scott. The four linn (Scots: waterfalls) compromise of 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 (fall of 30 feet), Corra Linn and Dundaff Linn (fall of 10 feet) 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.

Visitors can enjoy walks within the native woodlands, spotting wildlife and wondering at the flora & fauna all around them. Look our for kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers!

Dundaff Linn can be seen from the far end of New Lanark village. From there it is around a 20-30 minute walk along the river boardwalk until you arrive at Corra Linn. It is then another 20-30 minutes before you arrive at Bonnington Linn. (in total this route is 3 miles)

The Scottish Wildlife Trust have produced this very useful step-by-step guide to the Falls of Clyde walk.

Once you have completed your walk stop off for refreshments in the Mill Café or treat yourself in the welcoming Mill Shop!

walks - New Lanark Bell Tower in snow

walks - Frozen Falls of Clyde

walks - New Lanark village in snow


2. Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Traditionally a place of recreation for Edinburgh residents, Calton Hill, with its numerous monuments and buildings is popular as a fine viewpoint over the city. 1 miles – 1.5 hours. View more about the walk here.

walks - Calton Hill - Edinburgh - Flick - Ross G.Strachan

Flick – Ross G.Strachan


3. Cardrona Forest

If walking over remote moorland and through peaceful forest appeals to you, then this route in the Scottish Borders is perfect. 9 miles. View more about the walk here. 

walks - Richard Webb - Cardrona Forest snow

Richard Webb


4. Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond is one of the most popular Munros, rewarding the 30,000 people who make it to the top with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east. The route has been well made, however the optional return down the Ptarmigan ridge can be muddy and is rocky in places making the going more difficult in poor visibility. 7.5 miles. 4-5 hours. View more about the walk here. 

walks - Walk Highlands - Ben Lomond - Snow

Walk Highlands


5. Castle Fraser, Aberdeen

Castle Fraser is an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the Fraser family. As you venture through the castle and up to the round tower, with its panoramic views of the gardens and estate beyond, you get a sense of life from the medieval to the Victorian period. The estate has two easily followed trails taking you through a mixture of parkland, farmland and woodland, opening out to give views of Bennachie.View more about the walks here.

walks - Visit Scotland - Castle Fraser - snow

Visit Scotland


Well that’s certainly got us inspired to bundle up and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend. Let us know if you have any other ideas for winter walks in Scotland. Merry Christmas!

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and walking the Falls of Clyde route

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this Christmas!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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02/12/16 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Cracking Christmas Days out for Families in Lanarkshire

Cracking Christmas Days out for Families in Lanarkshire

Are you looking for a family day out this Christmas? From pantos to grottos and workshops to foals, there are so many activities to choose from right on your doorstep! In our latest blog post we have gathered together our suggestions for a great festive day out in Lanarkshire.

1. New Lanark World Heritage Site’s Christmas Events 2016

Top of the list are the fantastic Christmas Events we’re hosting here at historic New Lanark. These are running every weekend until Christmas plus the 23rd and 24th!

Christmas at the Mills – Book tickets now

Our ‘Christmas at the Mills’ Experience really is a full day out as it includes entry to Santa’s Grotto (with gift!), the Spirit of Christmas Ride, Christmas Crafts, Rudolph Trail plus entry to all of the New Lanark Visitor Centre buildings including Robert Owen’s House and the School for Children! Tickets are £9.50 per person and just £2 for Under 2s. Tickets can be booked online here or paid ‘on the door’.

New Lanark's Santa's Grotto

New Lanark’s Christmas Carol Pantomime – Book tickets now

At New Lanark we’re also hosting our very own Pantomime! There are multiple daily showings every weekend until Christmas, plus the 23rd & 24th! This year’s panto is ‘New Lanark’s Christmas Carol’ which is based on the classic Dickens’ tale with a New Lanark Mills twist. The panto lasts around 45 minutes so it’s perfect for little ones! Tickets are just £5 per person and FREE for Under 2s. Tickets can be booked online here or paid for ‘on the door’.

The cast of New Lanark's Christmas Carol Pantomime


2. National Museum of Rural Life – Christmas Fair and Foal Show
Our friends at the National Museum of Rural Life are hosting their annual Christmas Fair and Foal Show on Sunday 4th December. Get all the details here!

Foal and young girl at NMS Show


3. Mrs Claus’ Christmas Caper at Chatelherault Country Park
On Saturday 10th and 17th December you can enjoy an interactive Christmas story telling session at Chatelherault Country Park. Get all the details here!

Chatelherault Country Park

Photo from Visit Scotland


4. FunBox Christmas Wonderland
Get ready to sing and dance as the FunBox crew come to Hamilton Town House on Wednesday 28th December. Get all the details here!


Fun Box Christmas Wonderland


5. Holly the Christmas Elf workshops at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
Take part in Christmas Elf Workshops on Saturdays from 3rd – 24th December at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre. Get all the details here!

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Photo from Visit Scotland


We’re certainly feeling ‘christmassy’ after looking through all of those fantastic activities. Let us know if you visit New Lanark by tweeting us @newlanarkwhs or leave a post on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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21/11/16 New Lanark Mill Shop # , , , , , ,

Unique crafts from New Lanark wood

Unique crafts from New Lanark wood

Unique Hardwood Bowls made from locally sourced wood. 


This beautiful collection of unique hardwood bowls have been made using storm damaged trees from New Lanark and the local area. No two bowls are the same, with a range of woods being used including Lime, Elm, Cherry, Olive Ash and Hawthorn.

The bowls are hand turned & worked by Jack, a member of the New Lanark maintenance team who lives locally. Jack is self-taught and has used online videos to teach himself the intricate woodwork craft. A hobby has turned into a passion and he now has 3 lathes at home!

The bowls are finished with a nut oil to enhance the natural grain and unique markings of the wood.

The bowls are sold exclusively in the Mill Shop. Visit and take home a unique piece of Scotland, today! The Mill Shop is open 7 days a week. 9am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

The original native New Lanark woodland would probably have consisted mostly of ash, elm and oak trees. However, much of the mature woodland that was planted by Robert Owen in the early 19th century is dominated by mature beech and Scots pine as well as the lime trees that line the School path. In addition to their ecological value, the woodlands around New Lanark have a historical signficance as an early example of a designed landscape and, together with Corehouse, Bonnington and Braxfield estates and Castlebank Park, form a part of the Falls of Clyde Designed Landscape. There are also an important resource for local people and visitors and provide a glorious ever-changing backdrop to the village.  In the aerial view of New Lanark below, the woodland footpaths recorded in john Clark’s 1825 engraving can still be clearly seen. The woodlands themselves have matured, but the footpaths and the “diversified views of a beautiful country” can still be enjoyed today.


Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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08/11/16 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , ,

New Lanark Remembrance Blog – November 2016

New Lanark Remembrance Blog – November 2016

Guest blog by Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning and Outreach Officer…

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on November 13 when we will remember all soldiers killed in combat in the world wars and in wars and conflicts thereafter.

100 years ago in November 1916, Britain was over two years into the First World War and 142 New Lanark men were fighting for King and Country. 29 of them were killed during the war and are remembered on our war memorial which stands beside New Buildings.

The New Lanark War Memorial was erected on a snowy day in January 1922. In attendance was Major Henry Birkmyre of the Birkmyre family who owned the Gourock Ropework Company and New Lanark Mills. He commented: “this monument has been erected for the purpose of telling their children and their children’s children what splendid things these men have done.”


The opening ceremony of the New Lanark war memorial in January 1922


The War Memorial Today

We have a biography for each of the 142 New Lanark soldiers and in some cases a well-rounded picture of the man’s life in the village before the war, of his time as a soldier and life after the war. It has taken over two years for me to research the soldiers and their families. Many living relatives got in touch to pass on their family stories, photographs and documents; a truly valuable contribution to the research. The task is by no means finished, but we now have a much broader understanding of the villagers’ role in the war, of war work and production in the mills and of the soldiers’ lives.


New Lanark soldiers William, Matthew and Robert Bones who lived at Braxfield Row.

Our current exhibition, New Lanark & the First World War explores all these topics and focuses on four soldiers of New Lanark – Joseph MacPherson, Daniel Kirkhope, Thomas Jess and William Hawthorne. Of the four, only Thomas Jess survived.



Surviving soldier Thomas Jess and friend Jimmy O’Connor.


William Robert Hawthorne.


The exhibition is dedicated to all the soldiers of New Lanark and their families past and present. We wanted to remember and celebrate the lives of the men who did not come home but also of those who returned and the story of their war. The exhibition was co-curated by Evelyn Whitelaw, Exhibitions and Events Officer and Ruth Beattie, Learning and Outreach Officer.

To learn more about the stories of the New Lanark soldiers and the village during wartime, visit the exhibition in the Saving New Lanark Room in Robert Owen’s School for Children. This is part of the visitor centre experience or tickets for the school can be purchased separately at £5 per person. The school building is open from 11-4pm daily in the winter. (November > March).

Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning and Outreach Officer

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03/11/16 Roof Garden # , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary – November 2016

New Lanark Garden Diary – November 2016

On 2 November after a frosty start to the day, the stonework of the houses at New Lanark’s Long Row was glowing in the early afternoon sunshine.  Above the Row, the trees are holding on to their leaves in all their glorious autumn colours while crows  wheel  in the clear air overhead.   On the right of the photo is one of the lime trees originally planted by Robert Owen about 1800 when he laid out the paths above the village so that his millworkers could take exercise and enjoy some fresh air after a hard day in the cotton mills.  If you come and visit, you can still enjoy that today!


Visit New Lanark during one of our Christmas Events weekends and you can also enjoy a visit to Santa’s Grotto, Spirit of Christmas Ride and even a festive pantomime! Click here to find out more and book your tickets. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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31/10/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , , ,

1 Year of the New Lanark House History Project

1 Year of the New Lanark House History Project

Guest blog by Ruth Beattie, Head Researcher and Learning Officer…

In November 2015 I began a research project linked to the Townscape Heritage Project for the restoration of Double Row; the last derelict tenement at New Lanark to be restored.

Research would focus on the social history of the tenement, the families and past residents who lived there and of the history of people in the village. We chose the time period from 1900 to the 1970s for three reasons: it was the most recent time period in the building’s history, many past residents with memories of relatives and living their themselves had been identified and it was a time of great change in Scotland in terms of the world wars, the decline of industry, the modernisation of housing and of people’s lifestyles.


Children on Rosedale Street c.1950s (Double Row)

When I began the project, I looked at the existing known New Lanark families living in Double Row from the early 1900s. Researching the village in the First World War had given me a good understanding of the family names, connections and their backgrounds. At this time in particular, many Irish weaving families had settled in New Lanark and were employed in the mills weaving nets and canvas for the Gourock Ropework Company.

Names such as Jess (of which there are around 5 separate families!), Harkness, Bones, Savage, Hawthorne, Leggatte, Lynas and Ashe among many others, came up time and again along with Scottish or long standing New Lanark names such as Mackin, MacPherson, Arnott, Kirkhope, Hay, Goddard, Dunlop, Romer, and Graham.


11 Rosedale Street c.1968 (Double Row) where Irish lady Susan Rocks lived.

Hugh Mackin with sister-in-law Susan Rocks at her flat 11 Rosedale Street (Double Row) in 1966

Hugh Mackin with his Aunt Susan Rocks at her flat 11 Rosedale Street (Double Row) in 1966

Then it was time to open the research to those people who had lived here, were born here, grew up here or simply remembered their relatives living here and held fond, happy memories of the village. The initial response was fantastic. We advertised in local Lanarkshire papers, on our website and social media and around our site. Many people got in touch with me from all over Britain and even as far as Canada! Through emails, phone calls and visits to our search-room we have pieced together the stories of the families recording memories and with documents and family photos. We now have 24 separate New Lanark family stories. Each family has a file containing a biography in progress, photos, documents and any interesting finds such as newspaper articles of the time or oral history interviews recorded in the 1980s.

The last resident to leave Double Row in the 1970s – Elizabeth Jess. Pictured with her grandson David Dunlop who was born there and lives in Lanark today. David has contributed immensely to the social history of the village.

The last resident to leave Double Row in the 1970s – Elizabeth Jess. Pictured with her grandson David Dunlop who was born there and lives in Lanark today. David has contributed immensely to the social history of the village.


Elizabeth with husband Joseph Henry Jess and son Thomas in September 1935.

Elizabeth with husband Joseph Henry Jess and son Thomas in September 1935.



Harry Jess as a child at New Lanark (front with spade). Harry is the grandson of Elizabeth Jess and a cousin of David Dunlop. He also lives in Lanark today.

One of the most interesting stories to come out of the research was of the lost letter to Double Row resident Mary Savage, written in 1916 by a friend in County Antrim, Ireland after the family had moved to New Lanark. You can read more about this story on our blog post from June 2016 by our marketing intern Ronan Moore.

Sisters Margaret and Mary Savage who lived at 3 Double Row – the letter was written by Mary’s friend Annie Lynn from County Antrim, Ireland in 1916.

Sisters Margaret and Mary Savage who lived at 3 Double Row – the letter was written by Mary’s friend Annie Lynn from County Antrim, Ireland in 1916.

I would like to thank all the families who have been in touch for their amazing contribution and the volunteers helping with the research. As we move into the second phase* of the research project, we really couldn’t be in a better position with a wealth of interesting stories to build upon.

The Harkness family who lived at 9 Double Row.

The Harkness family who lived at 9 Double Row.

New Lanark is a special place and it means so very much to people whose families lived and worked here in the time of the mills. This has been perhaps the most moving aspect of the research and it is truly rewarding to be able to bring those family stories together. I hope that we can produce a legacy from the project to last and that would not have been possible without people’s memories of a past life, their enthusiasm and their sense of pride at having a connection to this historic village.

*Information about phase two of the project coming in early 2017.

Ruth Beattie, Head Researcher and Learning Officer, New Lanark Trust.

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24/10/16 New Lanark Mill Shop # , ,

Christmas in the Mill Shop

Christmas in the Mill Shop

Visit us in the New Lanark Mill Shop and pick up a fantastic range of gifts for the whole family. We’ll also be hosting a series of BIG Christmas Shopping Days with special offers & discounts, festive nibbles and a free prize draw! Shoppers will be able to take advantage of 15% off everything in store (excluding Brooks Menswear)

1st date: Wednesday 26th October (Join the Facebook event)

2nd date: Thursday 17th November (Join the Facebook event)

Event times: 12-8pm

Free entry and free parking!

Get 15% off your food bill when you dine the in the New Lanark Mill Hotel’s Restaurant on the date of one of our Big Christmas Shopping days. Simply show your Mill Shop receipt on the date of 26th October or 17th November before dining to claim your discount. (Discount must be used on the same date the receipt was printed) Please book in advance by calling 01555 667200.













Visit our website to find out more about visiting the New Lanark Mill Shop!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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07/10/16 Uncategorized # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary – October 2016

New Lanark Garden Diary – October 2016

Instead of the Roof Garden, this month’s diary is from another of New Lanark’s garden spaces, the War Memorial Garden, situated at the foot of the hill just at the entrance to the village.  The planting here includes several buddleia shrubs of the variety called ‘Peace’ with lovely arching spikes of white flowers.  The warm sunshine at the start of October attracted a large number of late summer butterflies seeking out nectar in the buddleia flowers.   The photograph shows several Small Tortoiseshells eagerly feeding before they go into hibernation for the winter.  As their numbers have been declining generally, this was an extra welcome and encouraging sight!

The New Lanark War Memorial is dedicated to soldiers from New Lanark who fought in the first World War. You can find out more about their stories in our semi-permanent exhibition ‘New Lanark and the First World War’.


Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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03/10/16 New Lanark Mill Shop # , , , ,

September Bestsellers in the Mill Shop

September Bestsellers in the Mill Shop

Time to start thinking about Chritsmas presents? Get some fantastic ideas for gifts with the Mill Shop’s September Bestsellers!

The Mill Shop at New Lanark is much more than just a gift shop! Open 7 days a week, the Mill Shop is a new shopping experience right on your doorstep for people living in Lanark and the local area. From clothing and jewellery to homeware and toys, there is a huge choice of gifting options or treats for yourself! The Mill Shop is open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Sundays. Find out more about visiting at www.newlanark.org

Here are our September Bestsellers…

All Things Wood collection



The Just Slate Company’s Hot Copper collection



Scottish Fine Soaps collection



Frank Ross Poppies collection



Sheepskin Slippers in a range of colours



Organic Jams & Chutneys made by a Camphill community in Edinburgh



Katie Loxton candle collection



Stoneglow range of candles, diffusers and room sprays.



Our collection of cookery books!



Visit the Mill Shop 7 days a week! 9am-5pm Monday – Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sundays. Don’t forget to ask about our new Loyalty Cards!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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22/09/16 CAVLP # , , ,

Sue Palmer puts Natural Play on top of the agenda in Lanarkshire

Sue Palmer puts Natural Play on top of the agenda in Lanarkshire

Lanarkshire’s first ever Natural Play conference is taking place in Hamilton this November.  The event has seen unprecedented demand for places since bookings opened last week, reflecting the huge appetite locally for natural play initiatives.

Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood (Orion 2006), will act as keynote speaker for the FREE conference taking place at Hamilton Park Racecourse, which is open to anyone interested in why, where and how children can play outdoors.

Organised in collaboration with South Lanarkshire Countryside Rangers and supported by the William Grant Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP), attendees will be able to find out what activities have been developed locally, as well as join skill-focussed talks and workshops which can be  booked on the day. Workshops will cover a range of topics including loose-parts play, safe campfires, woodland art and much more.

Karen Dobbins, Development Officer for CAVLP Natural Play focussed projects said: “Whether you are a parent, work with children in schools or nurseries, are a child-minder or a play-worker, the conference will offer a valuable opportunity to network and share ideas.”

She continues: “This conference is just a part of the Natural Play initiatives that CAVLP has been involved in establishing locally. Triple award-winning Natural Play and Picnic Area was created at New Lanark in 2014, we’ve had two jam-packed summers of play activities with newly established OutLET: Play Resource and 16 people have received training in Forest Schools.”

As part of the package, schools in and around the Clyde and Avon Valley can also access teacher training to support outdoor learning on local sites. In partnership with Grounds for Learning, CAVLP are offering FREE places on Teaching in Nature, an accredited course to support teachers in their professional development. The course begins on 24 October 2016 at RSPB Scotland Baron’s Haugh, Motherwell and consists of three practical training days spread out over a year. Local schools can book the last remaining spaces by emailing [email protected] or calling 01555 663 430.

Lanarkshire based Growing Up Wild Natural Play initiative is just one in a number of national and international initiatives, which recognise and attempt to redress the disconnect between children and nature in contemporary society. A number of reports highlight this growing disaffection, including Natural Childhood, by Stephen Moss (National Trust, 2012), which reveals that fewer than 1 in 10 children regularly play in wild places.

Acting as keynote speaker for the conference, former head teacher and campaigner for literacy, Sue Palmer, is an advocate for the issues surrounding the effects of contemporary childhood on development and learning. Her books, Toxic Childhood, Detoxing Childhood (2007) and 21st Century Boys (2009), led to her involvement in many campaigns related to modern childhood and she is currently a Board Member of Play Scotland.

“We are honoured to have Sue Palmer as keynote speaker for the conference,” says Susan McNeish, South Lanarkshire Countryside Rangers.

She continues, “We’ve found that there’s been a growing appetite for Natural Play initiatives locally and it’s great to have someone like Sue along who helps connect these local activities to the wider, national conversation. We’d urge any interested parties in coming along to sign up.”

Book your FREE ticket or find out more at www.cavlp.eventbrite.co.uk, or by contacting the CAVLP Team on 01555 663 430, or emailing [email protected].

Watch the promotional video by searching for ‘Growing Up Wild! Lanarkshire’s First Natural Play Conference’ on www.youtube.com.

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