Walk: Out of Africa to Bothwell Castle
Close to Glasgow's southeastern 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]|
📌 Walk: Out of Africa to Bothwell Castle ★★★☆☆
▶ 4 km / 2 miles | ▲ 110 metres | ⌚ Short walk
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
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.
📌 David Livingstone Trust ★★★☆☆
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 (2019): House: Closed for major redevelopment. Grounds: always.
Cost (2019): To be announced
📌 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 village centre, G.R.: NS 688593 ///march.fans.rested
Open (2019): Daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to April
Cost (2019): £3 (adults), £1.80 (children), free for Historic Scotland members. This is a reduced price during maintenance work which is restricting access to parts of the site.
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track