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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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30/06/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , ,

Ideas for your perfect trip to New Lanark!

Ideas for your perfect trip to New Lanark!

So you’re thinking of visiting New Lanark World Heritage Site? With our scenic location, beautiful walks and award winning visitor centre you’ll be spoiled for choice on what to do whilst you’re here. To give you some ideas, we’ve pulled together itineraries of different durations – from a whistle-stop 1 hour visit, to a full day and overnight in the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel

 

1 hour visit

If you’re just passing by and fancy visiting New Lanark you can still get a taste of why people love visiting our site. First off, take in the architecture of our buildings by walking past the Bell Tower, Robert Owen’s Garden, Institute for the Formation of Character, Mill 3 and the School for Children. Don’t forget to stop off at the waterwheel to grab an iconic photo of the Falls of Clyde! After that you can either pop into the Mill Shop or Village Store to pick up a gift or New Lanark souvenir to remind you to come back for a longer visit!

The Falls of Clyde - Dundaff Linn

The Falls of Clyde – Dundaff Linn

 

2-4 hour visit

You’ve now got time to explore the New Lanark Visitor Centre! Start off by stepping back in time on the Annie McLeod Experience Ride on Level 5 before heading down to Level 4 to watch the historic textile machinery in action. Head up to the Roof Garden to enjoy spectacular views of the village – a great photo opportunity! If it’s time for lunch you can enjoy a snack in the Mill Café which is located beside the Mill Shop, allowing you time for a quick browse. You can then head past the waterwheel (another great photo opportunity of the Falls) to the School for Children. Here you can explore our current exhibition, visit the Interactive Gallery if you’ve got kids with you, step back in time into the Historic Classroom and watch our ‘Harmony in the Future’ film. You’ve now just got enough time to pop into the Village Store to treat yourself to some New Lanark Ice Cream before you leave! If you were able to GiftAid your Visitor Centre ticket you’ll be able to come back time & time again within 12 months to explore parts of the Visitor Centre you didn’t get to see, or parts you just want to visit again!

Roof Garden

New Lanark Roof Garden

 

5-6 hour visit

Kick off your visit with a woodland walk to the Falls of Clyde, part of the Scottish Wildlife Trust Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers or even see the rare peregrine falcons. On your way back you can stop off at Clearburn Natural Play & Picnic Area for a rest & to relax beside the babbling river (or the kids can play here!). Head back into the village and treat yourself to a tasty lunch at the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s restaurant or Falls bar.

You can then spend the second half of your visit going around the New Lanark Visitor Centre. As well as all of the great attractions above like the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, historic textile machinery, Roof Garden and School for Children you’ll also have the chance to explore the housing exhibits of Robert Owen’s House & the Millworkers’ Housing. Before you go be sure to pop into the River Room beside the main reception desk to check out our current temporary exhibition!

Walkway to the Falls of Clyde

Walkway to the Falls of Clyde

 

Full day & night visit

With a full day and night, you’ll be able to have the ultimate New Lanark experience! Start off your day by going around the New Lanark Visitor Centre. The many attractions include: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, historic textile machinery, Roof Garden, School for ChildrenRobert Owen’s House & the Millworkers’ Housing. You can then visit the Mill Café for a spot of lunch. If you fancy a sweet treat why not try the café’s Victorian Afternoon Tea or some New Lanark Ice Cream?

After those sweet treats walk them off with a woodland walk to the spectacular Falls of Clyde. Made up of Corra Linn, Bonnington Linn and Stonebyres Linn, these are some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Scotland. They are now at the heart of the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, where you can see ancient natural woodland and a huge variety of Flora and Fauna. If you’re feeling extra energetic you could complete the full Falls of Clyde Walk to Castlebank Park in Lanark!

If all that fresh air has made you hungry again then head to the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s Mill One restaurant for a delicious meal in a modern & contemporary setting – take a look at the menu here. There are lots of accommodation options at New Lanark to suit many needs. The New Lanark Mill Hotel offers 38 spacious and comfortable bedrooms. Unlike any other in Scotland, the New Lanark Mill Hotel was originally an 18th century cotton mill.  We also have 8 self-catering Waterhouses set on the banks of the River Clyde, and Wee Row Hostel which is perfect for larger groups or travellers looking for great quality budget accommodation.

New Lanark Mill Hotel

New Lanark Mill Hotel

Hopefully you’ve now got a good idea of what you can get up to when you visit New Lanark World Heritage Site. If you’d still like to ask any questions before your visit please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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23/04/15 A Visitor's View # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Anabel Marsh

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Anabel Marsh

New Lanark is one of our favourite days out, especially when we have guests in tow. We’ve been visiting since the early days, when I remember being shown round one of the newly renovated houses by its resident. However, our most recent visit in March was not to view the mills – we wanted to see the exhibition in the Institute, which at that time was a tapestry telling the story of the Battle of Prestonpans. You don’t need a ticket to visit the exhibitions, so check out the current programme to see what’s on. The Institute is worth visiting in itself and we admired the banners on its walls.

New Lanark Bell Tower

Banners in the Institute for Formation of Character

There was time for a warming bowl of soup in the Mill Café before a walk up to the Falls of Clyde. We’ve done this before too, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much water in the Falls – the immense power which was available to the mills is obvious. We followed the Clyde Walkway past Corra Linn as far as the even more spectacular Bonnington Linn. We then looped back on the woodland trail, after which we were pleased to find the Mill Café was still open and ready to warm us up again with a nice cup of tea!

Bonnington Linn at New Lanark

Following a last stroll round the village, we started the climb back up to the carpark via the Old Cemetery, a poignant place which we hadn’t previously visited. As we went, we talked about our plans for next time when we might extend the loop of our walk right down to Lanark, and maybe even stay overnight in the New Lanark Mill Hotel. Can’t wait!

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Anabel Marsh – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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19/01/15 CAVLP , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , ,

Celebrating a Unique Landscape in the Clyde and Avon Valleys

We’re very happy to welcome Sarah from our partner organisation, The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership to write a guest post for our blog…

New Lanark World Heritage Site is the most spectacular place I’ve worked in. I could never tire of the sight of the rooftops (blanketed in snow as I type) as I descend the hill in the morning and the powerful flow of the rusty coloured Clyde from our office window in the Old School.

Birds Eye of New Lanark

And that’s what my job as Communications Support at the Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) is all about- celebrating the amazing landscape and heritage that make the Clyde and Avon Valleys unique.

New Lanark World Heritage Site is just one of our 10 partners that we work with to deliver 68 different environmental, cultural and historical projects across the Clyde and Avon valleys- distinct through their unmistakeable patchwork of ancient woodlands, gorges, country estates, orchards and market gardening heritage, farmland and industry.

Mauldslie Estate

Projects range from undertaking essential woodland management that look after the area’s rich biodiversity to researching and recording designed landscapes, exhibitions and events.

Here at New Lanark a number of projects have already been completed. Offering something for everyone, these have included woodland pathway restoration, landscape art courses and the creation of Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Site.

Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy the re-instated pathways that criss-cross the woodland overlooking New Lanark. In the 19th century, Robert Owen laid out these pathways for the benefit of the mill-workers which eventually became overgrown and impassable through years of neglect. Now walkers can once again enjoy walks taking in the stunning views down on to the mill complex and the Clyde, just as they were intended.

woodland paths

Those with an interest in the arts were also able to enjoy a talk on the History of Art in the Clyde Valley by Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark in Autumn 2013. Following in the footsteps of famous artists such as Alexander Naysmyth and J.M.W. Turner, local artist Veronica Liddell then guided 11 budding artistes in a Landscape Painting Course, using Dundaff Linn as inspiration.

For the more playfully inclined, Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Site at New Lanark offers far more than a traditional playpark. Opened last Autumn, swings and roundabouts have been omitted in favour of burns and fire pits, and it’s been a joy watching muddy but happy children enjoy the site and surrounding woodland, even through the bleak winter weather.

Lanark Primary School

And there’s plenty more to come, funding dependent. An Art Sculpture Trail featuring artworks will tell stories from local folklore to history and nature of the area, leading from Castlebank Park through New Lanark to the Falls of Clyde, offering new ways to enjoy the landscape. North Lodge Bridge, which once housed a lodge where 19th century visitors would buy tickets to visit the Falls of Clyde, will also be restored as an important access point for visitors to New Lanark and the neighbouring Falls of Clyde.

And that’s just a taster of the variety of projects that are part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. Check out www.clydeandavonvalley.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for further information on projects, partners, training and volunteering opportunities as well as events.

Sarah – New Lanark Guest blogger (Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership)

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01/11/11 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , ,

A visit to New Lanark in autumn

Walker and wildlife fanatic Jane visited New Lanark on a stunning autumn day… read about all about her day on her blog.

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New Lanark World Heritage Site Aerial View

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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