Lanark Life

In Lanark and the Clyde Valley there's lots to see and do for everyone

The Clyde Valley and the town of Lanark have been steeped in Scottish history for a very long time. From the Bronze Age, through the Iron Age and Roman times. The association with William Wallace, and more recently with Robert Owen and New Lanark – now a location with World Heritage status.

A rich history which is there to be explored and shared.

Lanark Golf Course

A wonderful golfing experience awaits you at Lanark, the 25th oldest golf club in the world. The moorland course is one of Scotland’s finest and the clubhouse facilities have recently been upgraded to a high standard. There is a well-stocked professional’s shop, practice area and an interesting little 9-hole course.

New Lanark & Falls of Clyde

New Lanark is a village on the River Clyde, approximately 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometres) from Lanark. It was founded in 1786 by David Dale, who built cotton mills and housing for the mill workers.Dale built the mills there in a brief partnership with the English inventor and entrepreneur Richard Arkwright to take advantage of the water power provided by the only waterfalls on the River Clyde.

Under the ownership of a partnership that included Dale's son-in-law, Robert Owen, a Welsh philanthropist and social reformer, New Lanark became a successful business and an epitome of utopian socialism as well as an early example of a planned settlement and so an important milestone in the historical development of urban planning.

The New Lanark mills operated until 1968. After a period of decline, the New Lanark Conservation Trust (NLCT) was founded in 1974 to prevent demolition of the village. By 2006 most of the buildings have been restored and the village has become a major tourist attraction. It is one of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Scotland.

Lanimer Week

The Lanimer celebrations are based on King David I (r. 1124 - 1153) granting Lanark the status of Royal Burgh during his reign. A condition of the charter stated that the merchants of the town must inspect their March or boundary stones each year. Lanark claims to have carried out this duty every year since then, and the Land Marches became transformed over time into the annual Lanimer celebrations.

Lanimer Day is usually held on the Thursday between the 6th and 12 June. Schoolchildren and others parade through the town in costumes accompanied by decorated floats. This is known as The Lanimer Procession.With the children march brass and pipe bands, ex-cornets, and visiting dignitaries. The court ride in cars after the parade, and the Queen has an open-top coach.Once the procession has gone once around the town centre, the children mount a stand in front of St Nicholas Church (and a statue of William Wallace on the steeple). The court also climb the stand and the Queen is crowned by a local lady, to acclaim from the assembled crowds. Later in the afternoon, the Lord Cornet has two processions on foot and horseback. Various entertainments for children and adults are laid on at Castlebank Park, and musical entertainment takes place at the cross in the evening. Finally, children perform at the Lanimer Queen's Reception on the Friday night.

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