Walk: Bothwell bank, thou bloomest fair

South Lanarkshire | Blantyre | Short walk | ★★★

[Bothwell Castle]

O Bothwell bank, thou bloomest fair! begins the old Scottish air. Close to Glasgow's southeastern suburbs, the wooded Clyde valley separating Blantyre and Bothwell is still as lush as ever. The two villages themselves boast fascinating historical properties: the birthplace of the most famous explorer of Africa, and the imposing Bothwell Castle. And the walk between the two? This section of the Clyde Walkway perhaps doesn't quite measure up to Livingstone's Nile, but it's pretty pleasant all the same.

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

📌 Walk: Bothwell bank, thou bloomest fair ★★★
Start / finish at the David Livingstone Centre, Station Road, half a mile north of Blantyre station, G.R.: NS 695585 ///boat.float.raced

► 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 110 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: David Livingstone Centre; River Clyde; Bothwell Castle
Terrain: Various clear paths, muddy in places and some branches suffering from river erosion.

Route & map

Start - footbridge over the Clyde - Bothwell Castle via riverside - return by outward route or similar


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Swallows nesting among the castle ruins.
Weather: Mostly cloudy but dry, light winds.

Also on this walk

📌 David Livingstone Trust ★★★
Description: Birthplace of the famous explorer, with a large exhibition documenting his life and travels.
End of Station Road, half a mile north of Blantyre station, G.R.: NS 694585 ///lovely.people.eager
House: Closed for major redevelopment. Grounds: always open | Prices to be announced

📌 Bothwell Castle ★★★
Description: 13th century, red bricked ruin overlooking the Clyde gorge, which featured heavily in the Wars of Independence.
Off Castle Avenue, a mile northwest of Bothwell village centre, G.R.: NS 688593 ///march.fans.rested
Open daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March | £3 adult / £1.80 child / free for Historic Scotland members. This is a reduced price during maintenance work which is restricting access at time of update in May 2020.

[Bothwell Castle]

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