Visit Lanark and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Lanark, South Lanarkshire. The county town of Lanark grew up around a castle built by David I on a steep bank above the Clyde. The castle was prominent in the Wars of Independence, and was probably enlarged by Bruce, who founded a chapter of Franciscans here and encouraged the building of St Leonards Hospital. Some remains of the hospital are still visible, but the castle (probably by the present “Castlegate”) has totally disappeared. The town, however, was a royal burgh from the time of David I and has remained as such ever since.
The Festival of Lanimers, the riding of the marches, takes place at the beginning of July; but Lanark also claims it has the earliest race trophy in the world. A silver bell was made in 1590 and has been raced for since 1628 over a course of 1½ miles each September.
Some 3 miles North West of the burgh is “The Lee”, the seat of the Lockhart family, owners of the Lee Penny traditionally brought from the Holy Land by Sir Simon Lockhart in the 14th Century. This Lee Penny has the reputation of working wonder-cures; Sir Walter Scott used this as the basis for The Talisman.
Nearby cities: Glasgow
Nearby towns: Biggar, Carluke, Larkhall, Lesmahagow
Nearby villages: Ashgill, Auchengray, Auchenheath, Blackwood, Braehead, Braidwood, Carmichael, Carnwath, Carstairs, Coalburn, Crossford, Dalserf, Douglas, Douglas Water, Forth, Kilncadzow, Kirkfieldbank, Kirkmuirhill, Law Village, New Lanark, Pettinain, Quothquan, Rigside, Symington, Thankerton, Wishaw, Wiston
Have you decided to visit Lanark or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Lanark bed and breakfast (a Lanark B&B or Lanark b and b)
- a Lanark guesthouse
- a Lanark hotel (or motel)
- a Lanark self-catering establishment, or
- other Lanark accommodation