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For other places with the same name, see Lanark (disambiguation).
Crown Tavern and St. Kentigern's Church

Lanark is a historic town in Scotland. It is best known for the nearby UNESCO world heritage site of New Lanark, and as being the home town of the Scottish patriot William Wallace.

Get in[edit]

Lanark train and bus stations are adjacent to each other on Bannatyne Street.

By train[edit]

Travellers from Glasgow can take the train from Glasgow Central station (lower level) direct to Lanark. Travellers from Edinburgh can take a train to Motherwell (don't change at Holytown, which has no station facilities) and change there for a train to Lanark.

By bus[edit]

Irvine's Coaches operates an hourly coach service [240X] to Glasgow from Monday to Friday between 0600 hours and 1800 hours. There is also a reduced Saturday service. There's no direct coach or bus from Edinburgh, but you can make local connections by taking the bus to Biggar, from where you can catch a bus to Lanark bus station. There are also regular buses both to and from the nearby town of Carluke.

By car[edit]

Lanark lies at the junctions of the A70, A72 and A73 roads, all of which were major trunk roads before the building of the motorways. New Lanark is signposted on brown tourist signs from the M8 and M74 motorways.

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  • New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde.
  • Lanark Museum, 8 West Port, +44 1555 666680 (), [1]. 1030-1630 every Fri and Sat from Apr to Sep. Tells the history of the town, which is one of Scotland's oldest burghs.  edit
  • The Girnin Dog, Castlegate. A statue of a dog, erected in the 1840s by its owner. He suspected that his dog had been poisoned by a neighbour, so put up this statue on his roof, its reproachful expression directed to the home of the offending neighbour.  edit
  • Craignethan Castle, 9km north west of Lanark off the A72, +44 1555 860 364, [2]. Apr-Sep every day 9:30am-5:30pm, Oct every day 9:30am-4:30pm, Nov-Mar Sa-Su 9:30am-4:30pm. Castle built by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart in the 1530s. Adult £3.70, Child £1.85, Concession £3.00.  edit

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Get out[edit]

The nearby town of Carluke is just 6 miles north of Lanark. Carluke is a nice rural market town with a selection of local shops in the town centre.

The Clyde Valley is a beautiful area located just outside Lanark and is well worth visiting. Scattered with pretty little villages along the valley and famous garden centres and public walkways, this is definitely a place you do not want to miss.

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