PLACES TO VISIT

Strathaven Ales

Was started in 2005 by business friends Craig & Douglas.

THE DRINKING MANS GUIDE TO SCOTLAND:
This renovated riverside plant is visitor friendly, a modern 36 -barrel-capacity with its 18th century stone clad brewing kettle.

There is a shop, a visitor centre and tap/function with selected beers for sampling.

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Green Flag award winning Strathaven park

The prestigious Green Flag was administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, an independent environmental charity that awarded this to the Edwardian public park in Strathaven for its quality and welcoming space.

Set amongst beautiful flower beds this clean, safe and secure,  well-maintained park offers a boating pond with rowing boats, kayaks, two bowling greens, tennis courts, a putting green and it’s original miniature model steam railway from 1949.

A brilliant family day out, with an ornate cast iron bandstand installed in 1902.

Our beautiful park is used by the locals, holiday makers and is even celebrated every year at our gala days.

The Castle

Strathaven was granted a Royal charter by King James the second on the 23rd of April in the year 1450.

The origins of the castle are believed to have been built around 1350.

It comprised of a three-story rectangular block with a four storey round tower which remains almost complete to-day.

The wife of a past lord so greatly displeased her husband that she was walled up alive in part of the Castle wall. Nothing is recorded of her crime, yet it is said that she was blessed by a priest, given food and water then walled up forever.

When a portion of the walls fell down in the middle of the 19th century, human bones were discovered giving credence to the story.

A visit to the castle and Strathaven’s country tea rooms afterwards is a must!

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Scotlands Theme Park

Only a 15-minute journey from West Laighnetherfield M & D’s is now recognised as Scotland’s unique theme park.

M & D’s indoors is open all year round, with a glow in the dark bowling, a massive indoor complex including a gigantic soft play area, bars restaurants and lots of seasonal events.

You can also discover AMAZONIA Scotlands only indoor tropical rainforest packed with exotic animals, birds and creepy crawlies. It’s out of this world.

Trout, Sea Trout & Salmon Fishing

The little river Avon is a 5-minute walk from West Laighnetherfield and can provide excellent fishing with  recorded catches of 290 in the 2008 season.

The upper section is primarily brown trout with good fishing from March but with the chance of sea trout or even salmon later in the year.

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Great Resturants

This family run business is only a 5-minute drive away and they have created a homely ambience within a country setting that allows you to enjoy great food and company in comfort.

Our guests rate and recommend the Steayban and Waterside restaurants as excellent.

Falls of Clyde & New Lanark

Fantastic short walk along the Clyde from the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, passing waterfalls and a peregrine falcon watching area before the inland return route takes you through fields and woodland. The walk can be extended by following a waymarked additional route on the far side of the river.

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bothwell castle

Bothwell Castle

Explore a castle hotly fought over during the Wars of Independence with England. Bothwell Castle, built on a grand scale in the late 1200s, frequently passed back and forth between English and Scottish hands.

Such hostility, in particular, Edward I’s great siege of 1301 – meant the castle was never completed to its original plan. Yet, with its imposing donjon, it’s one of Scotland’s most impressive medieval strongholds standing today.

James Hamilton Heritage Park

James Hamilton Heritage Park covers 32 acres in East Kilbride and includes a 16-acre loch with a water sports centre.

James Hamilton Heritage Park is a 4 Star Visit Scotland accredited activity centre. The park features a 16-acre loch which provides beautiful and tranquil surroundings for our exciting range of water sports, from canoeing to windsurfing.  The distance around the loch perimeter path is 1.2 kilometres (3/4 of a mile).

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Chatelherault

Chatelherault Country Park is a Five Star Visitor Attraction that was once described as a ‘Jewel in the Landscape’. Built in 1732 as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House for the Dukes of Hamilton.

The restored buildings now house a Visitor Centre; the West Lodge comprising of the Banqueting Hall and Duke and Duchess Apartments; Exhibition Gallery and Displays; Gift Shop and Café. Outside, visitors can explore 10 miles of walks along the scenic River Avon and through ancient woodland.

Clyde Valley National Tourist Route

This 42-mile long driving route follows the River Clyde towards Lanark, passing through villages and picturesque countryside.

Attractions on the route include the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, a model industrial community founded in the 18th century. Also worth stopping at is the magnificently restored former hunting lodge of Chatelherault, near Hamilton, and the David Livingstone Centre at Blantyre. There are also the very scenic Falls of Clyde.

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Scotland Driving Routes & Road Trips

Scotland’s 12 National Tourist Routes will take you through some of the country’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, and you’ll find plenty of fantastic attractions and charming towns and villages to visit along the way.
Each route varies in length and offers a scenic alternative to Scotland’s main trunk roads and motorways. They’re easy to follow and well signposted – simply look out for the distinctive brown and white signs.
Don’t forget… all these routes can also be done in reverse!

Here are lots of other things to do nearby:

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