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    Douglas is a village on the south bank of the Douglas Water and is 12 miles south west of Lanark.

    The village grew as a result of nearby Douglas Castle, the seat of the Lords of Douglas. The only remains of the castle are of a 17th century corner tower, which is known as 'Castle Dangerous' due to the Walter Scott novel which took Douglas Castle as its inspiration. In the village is the ruin of St Brides Church which, like the castle, originated in the 14th century. The church clock is said to have been gifted to the village by Mary Queen of Scots and still works today. The village was strongly affected by the Industrial Revolution and there is a heritage museum which details the history of the area.

    The village has a number of restaurants, cafes and pubs, and several small local shops and a post office. The nearest main shopping area is Lanark, which also contains many eateries and leisure facilities. Lanark also contains the closest train station to Douglas, and bus services operate between the two and other towns across South Lanarkshire. Public transport to Douglas is limited but the village lies close to the M74, which provides easy access by road.

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