The county of Lanarkshire is split into North and South and surrounded by many counties - Stirling, Falkirk, West Lothian, Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire and Glasgow. The county is probably most famous for The New Lanark World Heritage Site which was built in 1785 by David Dale, a Scottish industrialist, to take advantage of the water power of the Falls of Clyde, to spin cotton much of which is commemorated at Summerlee Heritage Park.
One of the most spectacular beauty spots in Lanarkshire is the Falls of Clyde, where there is a visitor centre, The fifteenth Century Corra Castle, The Corehouse nature reserve and a 2.4km circular walk round a gorge. Private House Stays has also identified the following other beauty spots but also recommend many of the birdwatching locations listed below: Cumbernauld Glen especially well known for its bluebells, Dullatur Marsh, Forest Wood, Luggiebank Wood and Northside Wood which are all near Cumbernauld, Glen Moss near Bridge of Weir and The Devil's Beef Tub near Moffat
There are a mass of Museums throughout the Lanarkshire area, maybe because Lanarkshire does have plenty of heritage but is not an area of Scotland that is visited as one of the more glamorous locations. In addition to those linked below, Private House Stays has identified the following for your consideration: The Carmichael Visitor Centre, The Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture, Gretna Hall Old Blacksmith&amp;amp;amp;#39;s shop, Hunter House Museum, The John Hastie Museum, The Leadhills Miners Libruary, The Low Parks Museum, The Moat Park Heritage Centre, The Shotts Heritage Centre and The West Kilbride Museum
There are two RSPB reserves within the North Lanarkshire area: Barons Haugh RSPB reserve and Lochwinnoch RSPB reserve and there are other nature reserves that run South-east from the Clyde down the Clyde valley towards Biggar that contain many rare species. Starting from the North, these include Glen Moss for Reed bunting, tree pipit and Little grebe; Loch Libo for Little grebe, mute swans,whooper swans, teal and Kingfishers; Cathkin Marsh for Reed bunting and Grasshopper warbler; Garrion Gill for Dipper and Grey wagtail; Nethan Gorge for Kingfisher,dipper and grey wagtail; Cander Moss for curlew, snipe, redshank,goldcrest,meadow pipit, bluetit and great tit; The Falls of Clyde for Peregine Falcons and Coalburn Moss for Lapwing, snipe, redshank and curlew
Private House Stays has identified four Ancient castles within the Lanarkshire area that are worth visiting. It is worth noting that even the ruined castles are often in very atmospheric locations and are often free to visit. In addition to those linked below, there is Crawford Castle and Strathaven Castle.
Lanarkshire is a mainly rural area and as you would expect, there are a number of good outdoor activity attractions within the area. In addition to those linked below, Private House Stays has identified the following: The James Hamilton Heritage Park and Loch, Plains Country Park, Dalzell Country Park, Drumpellier Country Park, Blackshaw Farm Park, Carron Valley Forest and Lanark Moor Country Park.
Other tourist attractions within Lanarkshire apart from the Outdoor activities, Ancient Castles and beauty spots listed seperately include: two interesting heritage sites at Blackhill Fort and Coulter Motte; The Hallmuir POW chapel; The Monklands Time Capsule; two monuments - The Cameronians Regimental Memorial and The Drumclog Monument and the others linked below.