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Lanarkshire is a historic county in the Scottish Lowlands. The area once contained the city of Glasgow and surrounding areas, but today the term Lanarkshire chiefly refers to the two local authority areas of North and South Lanarkshire. In many ways the powerhouse of Scotland during the industrial revolution, Lanarkshire still retains a strong link to its mining and industrial past. This makes it a great destination to explore with a car rental, giving you the opportunity to discover the industrial heritage of Scotland.
Lanarkshire cuts right through the middle of Central Scotland, and a drive across its length offers a very different perspective of Scotland away from the drama of the mountains and major cities.
Lanarkshire may not always be top of the list when planning a visit to Scotland, but the region has a great deal to offer. It’s the only area in the country that is home to two World Heritage Sites, New Lanark and the Antonine Wall, with the pair dating back nearly 2,000 years of Scottish History. And as luck would have it they are located south and to the north of the area making them perfect to enjoy over a day’s drive.
In the north near Kilsyth are the remains of the ancient Antonine Wall. Built by the Romans in the 2nd Century AD, the wall was created to protect their most northern frontier as well as guard the narrowest part of mainland Britain, the Forth-Clyde isthmus. The remains can easily be reached by taking the B8023 from Kilsyth, and are one of the best preserved Roman- era sites in Scotland.
The M74 is the major road that traverses Lanarkshire and this takes you south from Kilsyth towards the town of Motherwell. Home to the famous Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell also hosts the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, which is ideal for delving into the history of the wider area. The M&Ds theme park is another well-known Motherwell attraction, and is unsurprisingly popular with families.
From Motherwell you can take a drive down Lanark Road which follows the path of the River Clyde as it winds south. This takes you to the town of Lanark and through to New Lanark by the Falls of Clyde to the south.<H3>Take Your Car to New Lanark</H3>
The most famous attraction in the region is undoubtedly New Lanark. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Scotland’s finest tourist attractions and is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Lanarkshire. Once the largest cotton mill in Scotland, its enlightened design and beautiful location make it a fascinating example of socially responsible 18th century industrial planning.
While Lanarkshire is relatively flat, that’s not to say that it isn't home to some dramatic landscapes. South of New Lanark along the A73 leads to the Southern Uplands. South Lanarkshire boasts the 750m-high Cultler Fell, which is a popular destination for hill walkers. There are a number of gently rolling hills in the area which make for scenic end to a drive through the region.