Strathaven is a historic market town in the heart of the Avon Valley.
Strathaven (pronounced ‘stray-ven’) displays its medieval origins in its Common Green, a market square around which the town is laid out. Markets were traditionally held here, and the Green is still a prominent feature of Strathaven. The town was granted a royal charter in 1450, making it a burgh. The town centre still holds a number of craft and gift shops, and the town has a garden centre and auction market. Strathaven was home to a brewery until it was destroyed by fire in 1847. Strathaven Ale is now brewed nearby in Craigmill. Each year the town holds a Balloon Festival, the only hot air ballooning event of its kind in Scotland. The festival is traditionally held at the end of August. Bus services connect the town to local destinations such as East Kilbride and Hamilton. The nearest train station is in Larkhall, which is accessible by bus.
The town also holds a variety of historical places of interest. Strathaven Castle is thought to have been built in the mid-14th century. The remaining ruins, a tower and wall sections, sit atop a rocky crag surrounded by Powmillon Burn and can still be seen today. According to local legend, Strathaven Castle is home to the ghost of the White Lady, a lord's wife who was walled up alive by her husband. The castle is linked to the town by the 'Boo Backit Brig', a small arched bridge, and the old Town Mill stands next to it and is now a Arts and Heritage Centre. Strathaven Park holds the John Hastie Museum, where you can learn about the history of the town. The park also has a miniature railway which runs at weekends during the Summer. East Church, built in 1777, is known for its landmark spire and was the place of worship for the Duke of Hamilton who maintained a summer home nearby at Dungavel House. Strathaven also contains Lauder Ha', a mansion built by renowned Scottish entertainer harry Lauder upon his retirement. A short walk from the town is the Spectacle E'e waterfall.
Drumclog Monument sits around five miles out of the town and marks the site were the Battle of Drumclog was fought in 1679. Strathaven is also home to the Covenanters’ Trail, which visits many historic sites situated around the town, including the graves of William Gordon, William Dingwall, John Barrie and William Paterson, Auchengilloch Monument and the Trumpeter's Well.