World Heritage Site itinerary for Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

Explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discover ancient Roman stories and what working life was like in the 1700s.

  • New Lanark, South Lanarkshire
    New Lanark
  • A couple walk by the River Clyde towards New Lanark World Heritage Site
    A couple walk by the River Clyde towards New Lanark World Heritage Site

Get an insight into the limits of Roman conquest in Britain, demonstrated by parts of the Antonine Wall, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Built around 140 AD, the ancient wall runs for 60 km from Old Kilpatrick on the north side of the River Clyde to Bo’ness on the Firth of Forth.

In East Dunbartonshire, you’ll discover the wall, parts of which can be seen north of Glasgow at Bearsden and Peel Park in Kirkintilloch. The turf wall marks the northernmost point of Roman conquest in Britain.

You can find out more about the indelible mark left by the Romans at the Hunterian Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Antonine Wall: Rome’s Final Frontier, on another day of your break to Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.

Enjoy an enlightening day out, south east of the city, at the New Lanark World Heritage Site.

The site is the second UNESCO World Heritage Site in the area, and is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village set in a spectacular valley.

Discover the fascinating history at the New Lanark site of the village and Robert Owen, the mill owner, who had an idealistic vision for workers of the 1700s. Travel back in time with the ghost of mill girl Annie McLeod and visit the historic classroom to see what schooldays were like in Owen’s time.

Move on to the Interactive Gallery, a 21st century playroom reflecting Owen’s ideas of infant education, and make sure you stop by the Millworkers’ House, Village Store and Robert Owen’s House. Climb up to the Roof Garden, the largest of its kind in Scotland. Enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the surrounding natural scenery and the historic village and take in the decorative planting, central water feature and sculptures.

Near the New Lanark World Heritage Site is the excellent Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Take a riverside walk to see the magnificent waterfalls and look out for more than 100 species of bird and resident otters.