Uddingston is a small town on the north side of the River Clyde 7 miles south east of Glasgow.
Uddingston is home to the Tunnock’s factory, famed for its caramel wafers and teacakes. The family-run business was founded in 1890 and is still based in the town. Visitors can take a tour of the factory, however they are often fully booked over a year in advance. A tea room and bakery is situated one street away from the factory. In earlier times, mining was a major industry and the town was home to Glasgow Zoo until it closed in 2003. Viewpark Gardens, a horticultural centre which features Japanese and Highland plant displays as well as four glasshouses and water features, is a popular attraction. An annual Summer Flower Festival is also held there. The entrance to Bothwell Castle, Scotland's largest thirteenth century castle, is in Uddingston and the attraction is open year-round which has a golf course in its grounds.
The town has several sports clubs, with golf, cricket, rugby and hockey all proving popular, as well as Junglee Fun Play Centre which caters to children aged 0 - 10 years. There are a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs in Uddingston. Trains run regularly from Uddingston to Glasgow Central while bus services connect the town to the local area. One of Uddingston's most famous sons is Sir James Black, a pharmacologist who created beta-blocker drugs and won the Nobel Prize in 1988.