Nestled in the central lowlands of Scotland, Lanarkshire exudes a blend of industrial heritage, pastoral beauty, and urban charm. It's a region that has long captivated the hearts of its inhabitants with its lush landscapes, vibrant towns, and distinctive sandstone architecture.

In our area guide, we'll dive into the rich diversity of Lanarkshire, exploring both the serene tranquillity of its countryside and the bustling vibrancy of its cities like Hamilton and Motherwell. We’ll also provide daily living practicalities such as schooling, transport, property prices, and of course, the region's famous landmarks and attractions.

History of Lanarkshire

Lanarkshire's rich history starts from its strategic significance as a Roman outpost along the Antonine Wall. It evolved into a thriving centre of agriculture, mining, and textile production over centuries. The region was synonymous with the birth of Scotland's industrial revolution in the 18th century when coal, iron, and steel industries flourished. The New Lanark, an 18th-century mill village, stands as a testament to its industrial heritage. Over the years, Lanarkshire has navigated towards a service-based economy while maintaining its historical charm and scenic beauty.


The region’s top attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of New Lanark, the magnificent Hamilton Mausoleum, and the tranquil Strathclyde Country Park. Together, these landmarks provide a vibrant mix of historical, architectural, and natural attractions for both locals and visitors alike.

Landmarks we love

  • Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton: A magnificent 500-acre park offering woodland walks and picturesque views. The hunting lodge, once adorned by Dukes of Hamilton, is a stunning must-see feature of the park.
  • Motherwell's North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre: 'This is a treasure trove of local history with its observatory and viewing tower offering panoramic views over the Clyde valley.
  • Clyde Valley Scenic Drive: A breathtaking journey through the picturesque Clyde Valley, offering scenic vistas and artisan shops.
  • Low Parks Museum, Hamilton: Explore Lanarkshire's past with its rich collection relating to the history of South Lanarkshire.
  • Falls of Clyde, New Lanark: A stunning waterfall located within a Wildlife Reserve, offering indescribable natural beauty.

Top 10 things to do in Lanarkshire

  • Visit the New Lanark World Heritage Site: A historic model industrial village that offers a deep insight into the 18th-century mill-life.
  • Relax at Strathclyde Country Park: An outdoor haven with walking trails, water sports, and event venues.
  • Explore the Hamilton Mausoleum: An impressive architecturally acclaimed tomb.
  • Stroll in Chatelherault Country Park: A wide expanse of countryside with breathtaking views.
  • Visit the Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge: An interactive experience of Scotland's industrial past.
  • Take the Clyde Valley Scenic Drive: Discover picturesque scenes, charming villages, and local craftsmanship.
  • Visit Motherwell's North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre: A foundation of local history and culture.
  • Travel back in time at the Low Parks Museum in Hamilton: Immerse in the rich past of South Lanarkshire.
  • Admire the beauty of the Falls of Clyde: Enjoy this remarkable Wildlife Reserve and its stunning waterfall.
  • Visit the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre: Discover the life and work of the famous explorer at his birthplace.

Our recommended areas to live in Lanarkshire

  • Hamilton: Brimming with historical landmarks, shopping centres, and excellent schools, Hamilton embodies an ideal balance of urban life within reach of stunning parklands.
  • Motherwell: Known for its community spirit, superb leisure facilities, and proximity to Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell offers an outstanding family-friendly environment.
  • Stathaven: A charming market town, known for its community feel, independent shops, and annual events like Balloon Festival, drawing residents who seek a tight-knit community life.
  • Bothwell: Offering prime housing, upmarket bars, and restaurants, and excellent schools, Bothwell is an attractive option for those seeking a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
  • East Kilbride: As Scotland's first New Town, East Kilbride blends modern amenities with natural beauty offering several shopping centres, excellent connectivity and leisure activities.

Best schools in Lanarkshire

Lanarkshire takes pride in its education system, with a range of outstanding schools on offer. Hamilton houses several prestigious schools, including Hamilton College, a non-denominational Christian Independent school. Similarly, Bothwell Primary School and Uddingston Grammar School in Bothwell enjoy a positive reputation. Motherwell's Dalziel High School and Clyde Valley High School, Wishaw, maintain commendable academic records. East Kilbride boasts a number of notable institutions such as St. Andrew's and St. Bride's High School. Lanarkshire is also conveniently located for access to higher education institutions like University of Strathclyde and University of Glasgow.

Transport links in Lanarkshire

Lanarkshire benefits from excellent transport links. It is crisscrossed with trains and buses providing efficient links to all towns and to nearby Glasgow. The region is also served extensively by motorway networks A8/M8, M74 and M80, providing quick commutes to Glasgow, Edinburgh, and beyond. For those travelling further afield, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are within easy reach. Bike enthusiasts can enjoy the extensive network of cycle paths around the region.

In summary, Lanarkshire's mix of urban and rural landscapes caters to a wide range of lifestyles. Whether you're drawn by the region's history, its vibrant town life, outdoor activities, or its sought-after school system, Lanarkshire proves to be more than just a place to live. It's a destination to experience an enriched lifestyle defined by its unique blend of heritage, culture, and verdant landscapes. Its strategic location and transport links make it an attractive choice for both families and professionals alike.

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