For other places with the same name, see Lanark (disambiguation).

Lanark is a historic town in Scotland. It is best known for the nearby UNESCO world heritage site of New Lanark, and as being the home town of the Scottish patriot William Wallace.

Wellgate, Lanark

Get in

Lanark train and bus stations are adjacent to each other on Bannatyne Street.

By train

Travellers from Glasgow can take the train from Glasgow Central station (lower level) direct to Lanark. Travellers from Edinburgh can take a train to Motherwell (don't change at Holytown, which has no station facilities) and change there for a train to Lanark.

By bus

Irvine's Coaches operates an hourly coach service [240X] to Glasgow from Monday to Friday between 0600 hours and 1800 hours. There is also a reduced Saturday service. There's no direct coach or bus from Edinburgh, but you can make local connections by taking the bus to Biggar, from where you can catch a bus to Lanark bus station. There are also regular buses both to and from the nearby town of Carluke.

By car

Lanark lies at the junctions of the A70, A72 and A73 roads, all of which were major trunk roads before the building of the motorways. New Lanark is signposted on brown tourist signs from the M8 and M74 motorways.

Get around


There are several companies providing taxi services in Lanark. In most cases, a trip from the bus or train station to the town's accommodation will cost around £5, while a journey from the town centre to New Lanark will cost in the region of £10. Fares are regulated by South Lanarkshire Council and so you should pay the same regardless of which taxi firm you choose.






Go next

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of New Lanark sits approximately one mile from the centre of Lanark and features a well preserved industrial village established in the late 18th century. The Falls of Clyde are just a short walk from the village.

The nearby town of Carluke is just 6 miles north of Lanark. Carluke is a nice rural market town with a selection of local shops in the town centre.

The Clyde Valley is a beautiful area located just outside Lanark and is well worth visiting. Scattered with pretty little villages along the valley and famous garden centres and public walkways, this is definitely a place you do not want to miss.

Routes through Lanark

Hamilton Crossford  W  E  Biggar Galashiels
Cumbernauld Carluke  NW  SE  Abington
Ayr Douglas  SW  NE  Carstairs Edinburgh
Glasgow Motherwell  NW  S  END

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