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1 BIGGAR AND UPPER CLYDESDALE MUSEUM
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Get your bearings for the area with a trip to the 5-star Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum. Explore the history of rural and small-town life, which can be charted back over 14,000 years. Youngsters will love walking through Gladstone’s Court, a replica street linked with small-town shops from across the past 150 years, such as ironmongers and dressmakers. 
Biggar itself is a charming market town and home to a wide range of local shops selling tasty treats, as well as the popular puppet theatre. You might also like to take a walk up Tinto Hill and explore the historic Biggar Gasworks.
 
2 RHUALLAN RAPTORS
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Holidays are a great time to try out new activities and find your passion. If you’ve ever thought of trying falconry then this could be your chance – why not book a lesson with Rhuallan Raptors in Carmichael? Be guided through the techniques of bird handling and learn to fly magnificent birds of prey.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to watch a golf ball in flight? If your idea of relaxing is a good game of golf, then you could tee off on Carnwath Golf Course or Biggar Park Golf Course.
 
3 LANARK LOCH
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To the east of the historic market town of Lanark, you’ll find Lanark Loch which is great for a wander and also has activities on offer in the summer months. With a 9-hole pitch and putt as well as a putting green, a play area, and coarse fishing, this pleasant parkland surrounds a 20-acre loch. It’s is also home to the Inn on the Loch, a restaurant and bar which overlooks the water. In Lanark, you can also visit Lanark Museum to discover the links between the town and famous Scots, William Wallace and Robert Bruce, as well as the history of the area. 

 

4 FALLS OF CLYDE WILDLIFE RESERVE
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The Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve is home to falcons, jays, pine martins, otters, badgers, and many other delightful animals. See what you can spot on a woodland walk along the river, and admire beautiful waterfalls, such as Corra Linn. Check before you go if there are any special events taking place at the reserve – you might be able to book a seasonal peregrine or badger watch. Head to the visitor center for trail routes lives wildlife video footage and more.
 
5 SCOTTISH EQUESTRIAN CENTRE HOTEL
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This horse riding center on the outskirts of Lanark is a dream destination for lovers of all things equestrian! Horse riding lessons, rides and holidays can all be experienced here, both for adults and children. The Scottish Equestrian Centre Hotel boasts an indoor and outdoor area, both of which are a good size, as well as a cross country course, fine stables and excellent off-road hacking on the doorstep. On-site accommodation is available and your horse is welcome too – should you have one!
 
6 WEST FORTH FOREST
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Great for walking, cycling or horse riding, West Forth Forest is juvenile woodland located in the village of Forth. Enjoy views towards the Southern Uplands and the Border hills, and admire wildflowers at your feet in spring and summer. Other woodlands to explore in the area include Wilsontown, a former ironworks, and Fauldhouse, which is particularly popular with cyclists. Nearby you’ll also find Carluke Golf Club and Carnwath Golf Club, perfect if you’d like a round of golf.
 
7 NEW LANARK VISITOR CENTRE
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Social pioneer Robert Owen envisioned a new way of industrial working when he created New Lanark in the 18th century. He considered the well-being of his cotton mill employees by building good housing on-site and providing healthcare and education. Wander the delightful cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore the factory and village buildings where the occupants lived and worked. Kids will love visiting the old schoolhouse and taking the Annie McLeod Experience ride back in time to the 1820s.
 
8 CRAIGNETHAN CASTLE
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Open between April and September, the ruins of Craignethan Castle overlook the River Nathan in Blackwood to the north of Lesmahagow. It was built around 1530 by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart, and one of the earlier guests to visit the house was none other than his friend King James V. Finnart was to become a top architect and would later work for the king. The tower was well fortified, which you can still see evidence of today, such as the caponier – an unusual stone vaulted artillery chamber. The surrounding woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest where you might spot buzzards, sparrow hawks, and kestrels.
 
9 CHATELHERAULT COUNTRY PARK
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There is lots of fun to be had at Chatelherault Country Park in Ferniegair near Hamilton. The park comprises of 500 acres of countryside and woodland surrounding an 18th-century hunting lodge, with miles of pathways, an adventure playground, and formal gardens to enjoy. Walk amongst 600-year-old oaks, cross over an 80 ft (24 m) gorge on Dukes Bridge and pass the ruins of Cadzow Castle. Other local country parks include Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell and Calderglen Country Park in East Kilbride. On the way to the park, keen gardeners should stop by Brookside Garden Centre, one of many garden centers along the route.

 

10 LOW PARKS MUSEUM
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Discover the history of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, and the family who gave the town its name, at the Low Parks Museum in the east of the town. Located in some of the oldest buildings in the area, which were once part of the Duke of Hamilton's estate, the museum is also home to the regimental records and artifacts of the Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) Regiment, which disbanded in 1968. Whilst in Hamilton why not visit the grant mausoleum and the Town House, which is a multi-purpose art venue. From here you can also extend your journey by continuing on to Glasgow on the M74.

 

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