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New Lanark World Heritage Site

Lanark is a small town in the South-East Clyde Valley (the Garden Valley), about 25 miles from Glasgow. The town gives its name to Lanarkshire (though power now lies elsewhere and has a long history as a market town. The main town is (unusually for Scotland) stuck right on the top of a hill, but the main interest is the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, situated beneath the town, on the banks of the Clyde.

Model Village

New Lanark was a model village of the industrial revolution, harnessing the flows of the Clyde to turn millwheels for weaving. Built by Robert Owen, it propounded the revolutionary ideas that the workers should have comfortable living conditions, education, and improving recreations.

Falls Of Clyde

Linked to New Lanark are the Falls of Clyde. There are three falls, the largest, Corra Linn, being the largest waterfall in Britain. The Clyde is a torrent at New Lanark, and although the mills are no longer in production, the power is harnessed just upstream for hydro-electricity.

  • Last visit to Lanark: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2006 at 2:13 AM

    I've heard of Lanark but never been there. Thanks for the virtual tour.


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