East Kilbride is a ‘New Town’ in South Lanarkshire and is also one of Scotland’s largest towns.
After originating as a small village, East Kilbride was Scotland's first designated 'New Town', expanded to provide new housing for people moving from nearby Glasgow. The town takes it name from the Irish saint St Bride or Brigit, after a pre-Christian sacred well was dedicated to the Celtic goddess Brigid. East Kilbride's original parish church was built on the site of the well, and the current church on this site dates from 1774. St Bride's Church is another notable landmark, having been built shortly after East Kilbride was designated as a new town. The church is an example of 20th century British ecclesiastical architecture and is a Category A-listed building. A statue of Sir Walter Scott can also be seen found in the town and is known locally as 'The White Man'.
East Kilbride contains a variety of parks. Calderglen Country Park has a choice of woodland walks and contains the ruins of both Calderglen Castle and Craigneith Castle. James Hamilton Heritage Park contains a manmade lake with watersports facilities and is overlooked by Mains Castle, a privately owned tower house. Langlands Moss is a local nature reserve, which have covered walkways and the opportunities to observe wildlife. The National Museum of Rural Life at nearby Kittochside gives visitors the chance to experience a 1950s working farm. Whitelee Wind Farm, the UK's largest on-shore wind farm, is located to the south of East Kilbride and includes a visitor centre with interactive exhibitions.
There is a good range of sporting facilities in East Kilbride with the Dollan Aqua Centre, an ice rink and various golf courses in the area. East Kilbride's town centre has a large shopping centre which is comprised of 6 linked malls. The town's centre and 'The Village', the oldest part of East Kilbride, are home to a variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs. East Kilbride railway station can also be found in The Village which connects the town to Glasgow. These services also stop at Hairmyres railway station which sits in the west of the town. Bus services also run from East Kilbride to Glasgow, Hamilton, Motherwell, Ayr and other surrounding destinations across Greater Glasgow. Several main roads connect the town to Glasgow and the M77 motorway.