Visit Cumbernauld and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire. It is perhaps significant that the now familiar phrase “New Town”, in the sense of a planned development, was first coined in Scotland — nearly 200 years ago. Right from the Start, in the l770s, the enlightened Lord Provost Drummond and his gifted young town designer, James Craig, called that fine expansion to Edinburgh's North, that neo-Georgian heritage which we still struggle in the face of Philistinism to maintain, the “New Town”. It is still a delight for us who live in it, and for some who have never seen it before it is exciting to perambulate.
Situated only 13 miles North East of Glasgow in the Clyde valley and on the route between Stirling and Glasgow, it is yet neatly cut off from the stream of traffic. It is built round an old estate and 18th century laird's house with a park to which all who live in Cumbernauld have access. It is built as one cohesive unit on the slopes and summit of a slight hill, and quite overwhelming the older and undistinguished village of Cumbernauld. Houses in it do not march side by side in dull uniformity, but enfilade down or up the hill, overtopping each other, and giving to each house a fine view of the circumstanding hills, and to each the possibility of as much light and sunshine as is available.
Perhaps Cumbernauld's most remarkable achievement is that, while it gives everyone in it the right of easy access to a car, it has effectively separated the pedestrian from the motorist. One cannot do better than quote from an account in the Glasgow Herald published (on the 2nd of July 1964) while the town was taking visible and effective shape:
“Traffic goes round — not through — the housing areas so that their layout is determined not by streets and motor roads but by the close contours of the site. Footpaths meander between the houses like streams, opening out occasionally into a garden courtyard or woodland copse. As the houses go up, the footpath routes fit into a logical pattern, taking the shortest lines and encouraging people to walk away from the roads.
“Eventually footpaths and motor roads will have their destination in the town centre, a multi-storey and fully covered structure.”
The main impression that strikes a visitor is that here is a family town for many families. There is privacy in the way that the houses are built and aligned; yet there is ample opportunity in the play-parks for the children's recreation, safe from the traffic. There is ample opportunity for neighbours to get to know each other; yet there is equal opportunity for them to keep to themselves if they wish to do so.
An 18-hole municipal golf course complements the old private course.
Nearby cities: Glasgow, Stirling
Nearby towns: Airdrie, Bonnybridge, Coatbridge, Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch
Nearby villages: Allandale, Auchinreoch, Bailleston, Banknock, Birdston, Calvay, Camelon, Denny, Dennyloanhead, Dunipace, Haggs, Larbert, Lenzie, Limerigg, Longcroft, Milton of Campsie, Mount Vernon, Slamannan, Stenhousemuir, Tamfourhill, Tollcross, Twechar, Waterside
Have you decided to visit Cumbernauld or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Cumbernauld bed and breakfast (a Cumbernauld B&B or Cumbernauld b and b)
- a Cumbernauld guesthouse
- a Cumbernauld hotel (or motel)
- a Cumbernauld self-catering establishment, or
- other Cumbernauld accommodation