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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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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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.”

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

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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.

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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.

 

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Surviving soldier Thomas Jess and friend Jimmy O’Connor.

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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!

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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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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

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The Just Slate Company’s Hot Copper collection

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Scottish Fine Soaps collection

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Frank Ross Poppies collection

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Sheepskin Slippers in a range of colours

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Organic Jams & Chutneys made by a Camphill community in Edinburgh

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Katie Loxton candle collection

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Stoneglow range of candles, diffusers and room sprays.

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Our collection of cookery books!

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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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19/09/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , ,

#OMGB moments at New Lanark World Heritage Site

#OMGB moments at New Lanark World Heritage Site

A hand-picked selection of leading social media experts, industry professionals and travel bloggers are heading to Inverness, Scotland for The Social Travel Summit which is taking place from 20th – 21st September. The Social Travel Summit is where the world’s leading online travel influencers and travel industry decision-makers meet to share, learn and develop best practices and collaborative success in travel marketing and publishing.

As ‘Visit Britain’ are the country host of the summit, we’re taking inspiration from their #OMGB (Oh My Great Britain) campaign which celebrates GREAT Britain as the “Home of Amazing Moments” and encourages visitors to share their own #OMGB moments across social media.

Here are our top #OMNL moments – Oh My New Lanark!

The stunning Falls of Clyde…

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New Lanark’s iconic Architecture…

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The village’s fascinating History…

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The stories of the People who lived there…

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You can find out more about The Social Travel Summit here.

Feeling inspired? You can find out more about visiting New Lanark on our website!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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02/09/16 New Lanark Mill Shop # , , , , ,

Mill Shop August Bestsellers

Mill Shop August 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

 

These are the Mill Shop’s August Bestsellers!

Times Table Book

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Dora – Mr.Fox Door Stop

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Powder – Socks

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Spirit – Lightweight Bags

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Seasalt – Sea Folly Jacket

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Peach – Cashmere Mix Pashmina

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Joules – Floral Wellie Bobs

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Joules – Coast Jacket

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CBG – His Lordship / Her Ladyship Keys

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Black Yak – Hats & Wristwarmers

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Frank Ross – Poppies Collection

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Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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30/08/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

Top 10 summer moments at New Lanark

Top 10 summer moments at New Lanark

It’s been an exciting summer for us here at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Although it was hard to choose, here are our top 10 summer moments from 2016!

 

  1. Antiques Roadshow Filming. On 28th July we welcomed the crew from the BBC and over 2,200 visitors to our site for a fantastic day of filming!

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2. Back in Time Day. On 17th July we ‘stepped back in time’ with over 700 visitors to experience life in the village in the 1820s. We even met Robert Owen!

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3. On 18th June we received a visit from Hamish the Heilan Coo Visit Scotland Van! Here he is meeting our very own ‘Hamish’ pillow.

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4. At the Royal Highland Show 2016 our award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream picked up three bronze medals!

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5. In the middle of August the Bonnington Power Station was turned off for maintenance so we were lucky enough to see the magnificent Falls in full spate!

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6. At the end of July we launched our beautiful Joules range in the New Lanark Mill Shop!

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7. Throughout June and July we hosted the free Scotstyle and Building Scotland exhibitions in the River Room.

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8. At the beginning of August Lorna Davidson passed on the baton to Scott McCauley, the new Chief Executive of New Lanark Trust!

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9. At the start of June we released a new promotional film for the award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

 

10. The House History project which is linked to our Double Row Restoration Project  has been in full swing during the summer!

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After such a fantastic summer we can’t wait to see what autumn will bring! Visit our website to find out about what’s going on at New Lanark.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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26/08/16 Roof Garden # , , , ,

Visit Lanarkshire filming at New Lanark

Visit Lanarkshire filming at New Lanark

Visit Lanarkshire would struggle to chose a better day to film down here at New Lanark than yesterday!(24/08/2016) The sun was shining whilst the Falls of the Clyde generated a cool, refreshing breeze… perfect conditions for filming!

A team of 8 from film production company Seventh Crow came down to New Lanark yesterday on behalf of Visit Lanarkshire to film part of a series of promotional films for great days out in North and South Lanarkshire. We were able to watch from behind the scenes of the filming and have a glimpse of what it is like to be part of the film crew. Two locations where used in New Lanark: the Roof Garden and the steps at the beginning of the walk to the Falls of the Clyde. New Lanark are honoured to be a chosen location by Visit Lanarkshire for the filming.

The filming on the Roof Garden was of a lady relaxing reading through a book in the sunshine, whilst she wore a distinctively large hat.

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The second location was the actor walking up to the Falls of the Clyde. As you can see below the actor walking beside the Clyde as the film crew follow with precision. Both sides had to be temporarily closed off to avoid any interruptions.

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I was able to speak to the crew and the actor who were telling me that it is great to get out to places like New Lanark as not all of them had been before. They named other locations in North and South Lanarkshire that they were going to film, one of them being Chatelherault!

Visit Lanarkshire expect to have their filming submitted by late September, therefore, the film will hopefully be online by October! We really enjoyed having Visit Lanarkshire here at New Lanark and are looking forward to seeing the finished product.

If you are interesting in undertaking professional filming or photography at New Lanark please email [email protected] and we’d be delighted to discuss your requirements.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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25/08/16 New Lanark Mill Shop # , , , ,

The Mill Shop: From Scotland with Love

The Mill Shop: From Scotland with Love

The New Lanark Mill Shop offers a superb range of contemporary gifts, homeware, books, fashions & accessories. On top of all that, the Mill Shop also stocks a fantastic range of Scottish produce – from jewellery to honey! As the Mill Shop is located within New Lanark, one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we are dedicated to showcasing the ‘best of Scotland’ to the thousands of visitors who come to New Lanark every year. As well as being a great place for visitors to pick up souvenirs, the shop is also ‘more than just a gift shop’ and with new ranges being launched all the time, is the perfect destination shopping location for local shoppers!

Here is a selection of some of the range of Scottish products currently stocked in the Mill Shop

 

The Organic Tartan

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.

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Heathergems

Heathergems is a unique and imaginative range of Scottish jewellery and giftware, made in Pitlochry, Scotland from natural heather stems. They are the only manufacturers of this unique Scottish product anywhere in the world.

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New Lanark Ice Cream

Not quite sold in the Mill Shop, our award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream is sold right next door in the Mill Café and across the village in the Village Store!

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Wrap pins, brooches and jewellery designed and hand made in Scotland by Maggie Lord. Individually created making each piece unique and hand painted in her own distinctive art style.

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The Scottish Fine Soaps Company

“We’ve been making our beautiful products since 1974. All of our products are made in Scotland, at our factory near the Ochil Hills in Stirlingshire. At The Scottish Fine Soaps Company, we blend gorgeous ingredients with contemporary Scottish style to create bath and beauty collections that will make you look, feel and smell fantastic. Since our family business was founded over 40 years ago, we’ve been searching Scotland and the world for inspirational ingredients with unique fragrances and beauty benefits.”

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Pewtermill Crafts

Pewtermill Crafts are a small family business established in 1960 by David Harkinson producing fine quality polished pewter jewellery and giftware. Each piece comes boxed and carries the touch marks of the Assosciation of British Craftsmen and of Pwetermill – as recoded on the Touch Plate of the Company of Pewteresrs at a grand ceremony in London in 2003.

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The Just Slate Company

Stunning range of slate tableware, slate gifts and slate homeware. All slate is natural and hand-cut in Scotland to fit with our contemporary designs. From our workshops in Scotland we hand-cut each individual slate piece to fit with our contemporary designs. By striking the raw slate correctly a skilled craftsman or women can split the layers to create a flat surface with the detailed “riven” edge surround.

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COCO Chocolatier

“Coco is an Artisan Chocolatier based in Edinburgh that specializes in making ethically traded, organic and most importantly delicious chocolate. Coco was established in 2004 as one of Scotland’s first chocolatiers. Now the Company has two gorgeous shops, on Bruntsfield and Stockbridge & a specialist Chocolate Kitchen in Summerhall, Edinburgh.”

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Plan Bee  – Scottish Honey

“Plan Bee Ltd is the fastest way to make a natural positive impact on your local environment. From our beehives, we produce premium grade bespoke honey from quintessential locations around Scotland. The important differentiator from our competitors is that our honey is cold extracted, minimally filtered and unpasteurized which is sustainable in its production and inherently proud of its origin. We also sell products of the hive including pollen, propolis and honeycomb.”

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Harris Tweed Range

“From time immemorial, the inhabitants of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland have woven a beautiful and intricate cloth the world knows simply as Harris Tweed. The islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra produce this luxury cloth entirely by hand and have long been known for the excellence of their weaving. However up until the middle of the nineteenth century, their cloth was used only on their crofts or sold at local markets, but in 1846, Lady Dunmore, widow of the landowner of Harris, the Earl of Dunmore, chose to have their clan tartan replicated by Harris weavers in tweed. ”

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New Lanark Wool & Textiles

Taking centre stage in the Mill Shop is New Lanark Wool & Textiles which includes yarn produced on site, knitting kits and a selection of textiles. New Lanark Wool & Textiles is a small-scale producer of high quality Chunky, Aran, Double Knitting and Organic woollen yarn. Our wool is produced using very traditional methods on a 19th century spinning mule, which is powered by renewable energy from our own hydro-electricity production. We are very proud of the fact that we are a “Green Energy Site”.

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The Mill Shop is open 7 days a week! 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Click here to find out more about visiting. 

Don’t forget to ask about the Mill Shop’s new Loyalty Cards!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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22/08/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Day trips to escape Edinburgh

Day trips to escape Edinburgh

After a buzzing August in the capital we’re now coming to the last week of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo!  This year the Fringe will have seen 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows from 48 countries in 294 venues across Scotland’s capital city.(Edinburgh Guide). If you have travelled to Edinburgh to soak up the fantastic atmosphere & performances, or if you’ve taken up residence in the city you’ll no doubt be ready for a break soon! Luckily for you there are a range of fantastic days out around an hour from Edinburgh, many of which will feel like a different world compared to the crowded streets of Edinburgh in August.

 

New Lanark World Heritage Site (33.8 miles from Edinburgh)

Don’t miss your chance to visit one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites! New Lanark is an 18th century mill village by the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls which has been beautifully restored as a living, working community. The Visitor Centre, Shop & Café are open 7 days a week and there’s no charge to enter the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve for fantastic woodland walks.

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Stirling Castle (40 miles from Edinburgh)

Enter the world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens and discover a world of colour, splendour and glorious craftsmanship.

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National Museum of Flight (22 miles from Edinburgh)

Wing your way to one of Scotland’s top days out at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield.

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Linlithgow Palace (18.5 miles from Edinburgh)

Explore the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence.

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Melrose Abbey (38.8 miles from Edinburgh)

Discover a place so beloved by Robert the Bruce, he chose it as the final resting place for his heart. Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale, and it was a highly desirable place to be buried.

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Find out more about incorporating a visit to New Lanark during your trip to Edinburgh

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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