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Lanarkshire – Home to Scotland’s biggest Theme Park
Lanarkshire was once the most populated county in Scotland, but its boundaries have shrunk considerably over the years. The land in the county is made up of hills and moorland, providing excellent pasture for sheep and dairy farming.
Wilsontown in Carnwath saw the first ironstone works in Lanarkshire in 1781, by 1879 there were 314 iron-works with 5149 puddling furnaces in operation, making Lanarkshire the second largest iron industry in Scotland (Ayrshire being the biggest). There were also a number of lead mines and 392 coal pits existed in 1881.
Reasons to visit Lanarkshire
Some of the places to visit include the Summerlee Industrial Museum in Coatbridge, which is set on 22 acres of land around the location of the 19th century Summerlee Ironworks. There is a very large exhibition hall with working machinery, all set in the style of that period. You can see specially recreated miner’s cottages and Scotland´s only electric tramway.
The Motherwell Heritage Centre takes a look at the heritage of the area from the Romans to the present day, which received a Scottish Museums of the Year award for its audio-visual displays.
M&D´s, Scotland’s biggest Theme Park offers more than 40 major rides (including 5 rollercoasters) and many rides specially designed for the kids. Indoors you enjoy ten pin bowling, restaurants, bars and Scotland’s only indoor Rainforest!
Other attractions include Biggar Park (garden), the National Museum of Rural Life and Macdonald Crutherland House (Spa), the last two both located in East Kilbride.
Entertainment and Dining in Lanarkshire
Live entertainment can be found in hotels and bars, and there are a number of cinemas in Lanarkshire like Odeon in East Kilbride, or the VUE Cinema in Hamilton, which boasts one of the largest screens in Scotland. There is a good selection of places to eat, such as the Artisan Restaurant located in Wishaw (modern Scottish cuisine), or the Auldhouse Arms in East Kilbride (traditional food).
Accommodation in Lanarkshire
Places to stay include Self Catering apartments, Guest Houses, Caravan and Camping site, and Hotels like the Holiday Inn Express in Hamilton, or the 18th century Strathaven Hotel.