If you want to escape for the weekend and you want somewhere in Scotland that’s off the usual tourist trail Lanark may be just the place. A Royal burgh with an interesting history, fab foodie options, lots of beautiful green space to stroll and a pretty town centre full of cute independent shops Lanark is only an hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, but being surrounded by lush green forest, waterfalls and winding country roads you would never know it. Why should you make this your wee weekend escape? Read on …
1 New Lanark
Forward thinking social pioneer Robert Owen managed this cotton mill in the 18th century and revolutionised working and living conditions for his workers. He made sure they received a decent wage, fair hours, free health care and a new education system. His enlightened actions ensured his fame and the restored cotton mill is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can take a dark ride to find out about young Annie McLeod and her life at the mill, before exploring the village and seeing for yourself the mill, housing, village store and even the classroom that improved the lives of so many of the children. This award winning attraction is a brilliant day out for all the family. You can find out more on their website at http://www.newlanark.org, tickets are £9.50 for adults and £7 for children.