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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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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17/03/16 New Lanark Mill Hotel , New Lanark World Heritage Site , New Lanark Youth Hostel # , , , , , , , , ,

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…

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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

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