7 August Drive to the New Lanark Village World Heritage Site

First thing this morning we took the damaged Mercedes back to Europcar. They had a Volkswagen Passat for us – nice car and a bit of a better fit for our luggage and our style. Once Ralph had transferred our stuff into the VW, we headed off to Lanark.

Welcome to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

We are a former 18th century cotton spinning mill village located on the banks of the Falls of Clyde just under 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Today we are recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal value’ and welcome over 300,000 visitors annually to our site. https://www.newlanark.org/world-heritage-site/

The buildings that made up the mill complex have been converted into museum, shop, hotel, tea room, spa, and living spaces. The museum part shows how the mills worked from the water power obtained from the River Clyde as well as how the workers lived and were treated.

Robert Owen was the manager at the mill and tried to institute many advances in education and the welfare of his workers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Owen#New_Lanark_textile_mill  The museum covers his efforts from the point of view of a young girl who worked at the mill.

One of the buildings has a roof top garden with lovely flowers and sculptures:

A wood dove across the river from the village:

Next to the New Lanark Village is the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, a beautiful walk along the river, even if you don’t make it to the actual falls, which we didn’t.

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