Falls of Clyde

This reserve is famous for its spectacular waterfalls and scenic woodland walks. Over 100 bird species have been recorded including peregrines and kingfishers. Daubenton's bats can be spotted in the evenings. Badgers forage amongst the undergrowth and otters are often seen along the riverbank.

The reserve has a network of paths, including the top section of the Clyde Walkway

The Falls of Clyde is part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve.

Tree Felling

Find out about tree felling this Autumn/Winter.

Common darter © Neil Phillips

Why visit?

  • Spectacular views of waterfalls
  • See peregrine falcons up close
  • Regular badger and bat walks
  • Fun children's activities

Best time to visit?

  • Jan to Mar for otters
  • Mar to Jun for breeding peregrines
  • Apr to Aug for woodland wildflowers
  • Sep to Nov for fungi

Visit for:

  • Archaeology
  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Geology
  • Wildflowers
  • Grasslands
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


The Falls of Clyde reserve lies approximately 1 mile south of the town of Lanark, and is reached through the historic village of New Lanark, signposted from all major routes.

The main entry to the reserve is at New Lanark, with another entrance at West Lodge, Corehouse.

Getting onto the reserve

From New Lanark car park, walk down into the village, through the iron gates and down the steps to the right of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. Turn left and follow the road down to the Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre, and then up a series of steps onto the reserve.

Getting round this reserve

Paths can be muddy and slippery at times. Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear and take note of any safety notices.

Take great care on the reserve as the path is steep in places, particularly close to the gorge edge and the river.

Visitor Centre opening times

The Visitor Centre is open every day from 10am to 4pm. Non-members are asked to pay £3.

Contact details

T 01555 665 262
E fallsofclyde@swt.org.uk


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