Falls of Clyde

The reserve stretches along both sides of the Clyde gorge, from New Lanark to Bonnington Weir. As well as the falls, the gorge is fringed by ancient natural woodland and modern mixed plantation. Part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership.

Upcoming events

For details of upcoming events at Falls of Clyde, view our full event listings.

Bluebell © Ida Maspero

Why visit?

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

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Jun for breeding peregrines
  • Apr to Sep for badger watches
  • May to Aug for flowering plants
  • 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. A large visitor car-park is available at New Lanark.

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

The reserve has a network of paths, including the top section of the Clyde Walkway. Pick up a map at the Visitor Centre for more information. 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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