Walk: Out of Africa to Bothwell Castle

[Bothwell Castle]

Close to Glasgow's south-eastern suburbs, Blantyre and Bothwell are separated by the deep valley of the River Clyde. The two villages boast fascinating historical properties: the birthplace of the most famous explorer of Africa, and the imposing Bothwell Castle. A wooded section of the Clyde Walkway connects the two along the riverbank - perhaps not quite measuring up to Livingstone's Nile, but pleasant all the same.

[Statue of Livingstone's battle with a lion at the David Livingstone Centre]

Name: Walk: Out of Africa to Bothwell Castle ★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 110 metres
Points of interest: David Livingstone Centre; River Clyde; Bothwell Castle
Start / finish: Station Road at the David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre, G.R.: NS 695585 / boat float raced
Public transport: Train (Blantyre), 600 metres; bus, <200 metres

Route: Start - footbridge over the Clyde - Bothwell Castle via riverside - return by outward route or similar
Terrain: Various clear paths, muddy in places and some branches suffering from river erosion.
Wildlife today: Swallows nesting among the castle ruins.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy but dry, light winds.

Name: David Livingstone Centre ★☆☆
Description: Birthplace of the famous explorer, with a large exhibition documenting his life and travels.
Location: North end of Low Blantyre, G.R.: NS 694585 / lovely people eager
Open (2017): Friday to Monday, April to September.
Cost (2017): £6.50 (adults), £5 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members
Public transport: Train (Blantyre), 600 metres; bus, <200 metres

Name: Bothwell Castle ★☆☆
Description: 13th century, red bricked ruin overlooking the Clyde gorge, which featured heavily in the Wars of Independence.
Location: A mile west of Bothwell centre, G.R.: NS 688593 / march fans rested
Open (2017): Daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March
Cost (2017): £4.50 (adults), £2.70 (children), free for Historic Scotland members.
Public transport: Bus, 1 km

[Bothwell Castle]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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