Everything Is Old in New Lanark, Scotland

Everything Is Old in New Lanark, Scotland, New Lanark, Scotland (B)

Don’t you just love those trips when you can wander off the beaten path and discover something amazing? New Lanark, Scotland was definitely one of those hidden gems.

In September 2010, my husband Mark and I rented a car to tour Scotland. Having our own wheels gave us the great advantage of freedom. We were able to make spur-of-the-moment decisions and detours while marvelling at the beauty and lushness of the Scottish countryside.

We were actually driving back to Glasgow at the tail end of our trip when we saw a roadside sign advertising a Victorian Fair.

We hadn’t heard of New Lanark and it wasn’t on our list of places to see, but the modest little sign by the side of the road seemed to beckon to us. The size of the parking lot alone made us wonder if this site was a bit bigger than we had assumed. Then we got our first glimpse of the buildings, and we realized we were probably going to be here longer than we first anticipated.

New Lanark is a restored 18th Century cotton mill/village, which once had over 2,000 people living or working here. This in itself may or may not be impressive to you, but consider this: the manager and part-owner, Robert Owen, believed in providing humane working conditions, social and education programs, and factory reform. He was also the founder of infant childcare in Scotland. In the 18th Century. Just let that sink in for a moment. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Everything Is Old in New Lanark, Scotland
Guide Location: Scotland » New Lanark
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Darlene Fisher
Read it on Author's Website: https://thirstyjourneys.com/new-lanark-scotland/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Falls of Clyde
  • Mill Cafe
  • New Lanark mill
  • wool shop