Falls of Clyde

Important notice

The hydro-electric power station will be turned off from 26/06/17 for approximately 10 weeks. This means the waterfalls will take all the water of the River Clyde during this time and will be fuller than usual for this time of year.

The Clydewalkway red way marked footpath along the river is open as usual, allowing visitors to see all three waterfalls at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Access works have started across the meadow area on the Reserve’s blue way marked Woodland Trail. It will be necessary to close the path at times for safety, please observe instructions on signage at all times. There is diversion signage in place for anyone using the blue waymarked Woodland Trail.

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.

Address: Falls of Clyde, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Regular badger and bat walks throughout the year
  • Beautiful 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
  • Mar to Jun for peregrines
  • Apr to Aug for woodland wildflowers
  • Sep to Nov for fungi

Visit for:

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

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How to get there


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

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.

For a full access guide, click here.

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


Falls of Clyde visitor centre

Opening times

The unstaffed visitor centre is open every day from 10am to 4pm.


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

01555 665 262


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History of the Falls of Clyde

Located on the reserve is Britain’s first commercial Hydro-Electric Power Station. Bonnington Power Station was constructed in 1926 by the Clyde Valley Electrical Power Co. It is still in use today, operated by Scottish Power. It has the capacity to generate 11 megawatts (MW) harnessing the power of the Bonnington and Corra Linn waterfalls. The video below shows the Corra Linn waterfall and the construction site in 1926.


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