Walk: Out of Africa to Bothwell Castle

[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.

[Bothwell Castle]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track


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