Falls of Clyde

Important notice

Please note that we are now on winter opening hours and the centre will only be open on Saturday’s from the 21 Dec to 10 Jan.

We are currently looking for someone to open and close the centre on a Sunday. If you would like to become a volunteer please email: lmark@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

This reserve is famous for its spectacular waterfalls, historic visitors and scenic woodland walks. Over 100 bird species have been recorded including dipper, raven and kingfisher. Daubenton’s bats can be spotted feeding over the river in the evenings. Badgers forage amongst the undergrowth and otters are sometimes seen along the riverbank.

Address: Falls of Clyde, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Regular evening badger watches and wildlife-themed events throughout the year
  • Beautiful woodland riverside walks straight from the visitor centre to the reserve
  • Interactive toys and games – including badger facts and wildlife crafts
  • Learn all about the history of Falls of Clyde on the Victorian self-guided trail

Best time to visit?

  • Jan to Mar for otters
  • May to Aug for Badger Watches
  • Apr to Aug for woodland wildflowers
  • Sep to Nov for Autumn colour and fungi

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • geology
  • scenery
  • mammals
  • archaeology

Other information

Events

Find out what events are taking place at Falls of Clyde in the coming months by clicking the button below.

Upcoming events 

Facilities

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VISITING THE RESERVE

How to get there

Directions

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.

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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.

Access restrictions

Caution: Please stay on the waymarked footpaths at all times and do not sit on or cross safety barriers as there are steep slopes, high cliffs and deep fast flowing water along much of the gorge. Be aware that vehicles do sometimes operate on the reserve.

Paths can be muddy and slippery at times, especially after rain/frost. Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear and take note of any safety notices.

For a full access guide, click here.

Nearest town
Lanark (1 mi / 1.6 km)
OS grid ref
NS881423
Landranger map
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VISITOR CENTRE

Falls of Clyde visitor centre

Opening times

Winter Opening Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre 2018

Monday to Saturday: 10-4pm
Sunday: Closed

Admission

Members: FREE
Non-members are asked to pay a £3 donation on entry.

Telephone
01555 665 262

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