Carluke is the largest town in the Clyde Valley and sits on a plateau overlooking the River Clyde.
Carluke has a population of around 13,000 and is in the heart of Lanarkshire's fruit-growing area. One of Carluke's biggest employers is a jam company due to location near the Clyde Valley's major fruit growers. Carluke has a leisure centre as well as the John Cumming sports stadium, where the local football team Caluke Rovers F.C. plays. The town centre was redesigned in the early 2000s and now hosts a shopping centre and a range of shops. The town also has a wide selection of restaurants and cafes. Memorials to two of Carluke's most famous sons stand in the centre of town. One honours the noted cartographer Major General William Roy, founder of the Ordnance Survey, while the other remembers Doctor Daniel Reid Rankin, a 19th century geologist and paleontologist.
The town benefits from a direct rail link with Glasgow and regular bus services to surrounding towns as well as Glasgow and Edinburgh. The town is easily accessible by car from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Lanark.