Scotland Horse Riding Travel Guide

Our horse riding centre is located in Central Scotland in one of the most beautiful areas of bonnie Scotland, and the scenery can look completely different depending on the season of the year. So while onb your horse riding holiday in Lanarkshire here are some must do places to visit.

Brief History of Lanark

The historic ‘burgh’ of Lanark was the location of the first meeting of the Scots Parliament in 978.  Lanark has served as an important market town since medieval times, and King David I made it a Royal Burgh in 1140. Lanark also features some prominent historic buildings, including Craignethan Castle. A few hundred years after the first Scots Parliament took place in Lanark, William 'Braveheart' Wallace resided in the town. There are tributes to Wallace's fight for freedom in Lanark.  The primary trades in the town, as it headed towards the twentieth century, were craft trades such as weaving, shoe making, and farming. The latter is still a significant feature of the Lanark area - agricultural markets are still held in the town every Monday.

Things to do and say

  • New Lanark World Heritage Site is a unique 18th century mill village sitting alongside the picturesque River Clyde. Visitors can see recreated millworkers’ houses, historic working machinery and the nearby ‘Falls of Clyde’ waterfalls.
  • Falls of Clyde Waterfalls -  is the collective name of four linn on the River Clyde near New Lanark. The Falls of Clyde comprise the upper falls of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 84 feet.
  • Corra Castle is a ruined 16th-century castle within the Corehouse Estate near New Lanark. It overlooks Corra Linn, one of the four waterfalls which make up the Falls of Clyde. In 1971 it became a Category A listed building, and it is also protected as a scheduled monument.
  • Cartland Craigs is a woodland on the outskirts of Lanark. It is a national nature reserve and is one of six areas which together form the Clyde Valley Woodlands. The reserve is maintained by Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Craignethan Castle is a ruined castle in South Lanarkshire. Located above the River Nethan, a tributary of the River Clyde. The castle is two miles west of the village of Crossford, and 4.5 miles north-west of Lanark.


Where to eat and drink

  • Inn on the Loch - contemporary finish, with cafe/bar and kids' play area, plus golf course. 179 Hyndford Rd, Lanark ML11 9BJ tel: 01555 663638
  • Da Claudio - Classic pastas and contemporary Italian cooking, served in a modern, wood-panelled dining room. 388 Brandon St, Motherwell ML1 1XA tel: 01698 264384
  • The Crown Tavern – traditional pub food. 17-21 Hope St, Lanark ML11 7NE tel: 01555 664639
  • Ristorante La Vigna - 40 Wellgate, Lanark ML11 9DT tel: 01555 664320


How to get there

Riding, accommodation and meals are all on one site so a car is not a necessity for this riding location.

Located ten minutes from the A74, which links directly to the M6 from the south, or A80 and M8 from the north or west.

A lot of our clients fly to either Glasgow or Edinburgh airport and then we arrange a taxi transfer. This costs approx. £60.

Airports at Glasgow and Edinburgh are less than an hour away. Glasgow Prestwick a little longer.

Edinburgh is the easiest choice of Airport, but Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick are also good. We can arrange transfers to and from any airport or main line stations at Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Motherwell.

Unaccompanied children arriving by air will be collected only by senior, permanent, staff.

By car from either Glasgow or Edinburgh airports under an hour travel – Glasgow use the M74 and leave at junction 9 follow B7086 and A73 into Lanark, Edinburgh the A70 to Carstairs and then the A743 to Lanark.

From the South drive from M6 and A74(M) to South Lanarkshire. Take exit 12 from M74, follow A70 to A73 in Lanark


Lanarkshire is easily accessible by train. By train take a train to Glasgow or Motherwell and change to Scot Rail train to Lanark approx. 1 hour. From Edinburgh take a Scot rail to Carluke and change for Lanark – journey time 1 and a half hour. Transport can be arranged to the riding centre.


Lanarkshire  is accessible by bus from Glasgow or Edinburgh via the bus stations


Market Cabs 01555 840801

Clydewide Cabs 01555 666333



Craignethan Castle

Corra Castle

Cartland Craigs 

New Lanark World Heritage Site 

New Lanark World Heritage Site 

Falls of Clyde Waterfalls

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