Lower Nethan Gorge

South Lanarkshire | Crossford | Gorge & castle | ★★★★

[Craignethan Castle]

The deepness of the gorges carrying many of the upper River Clyde's tributaries has restricted human development and preserved the ancient woodland within. The Mouse Water, Jock's Gill and the Avon Water at Chatelherault are some of the best examples, but the Lower Nethan Gorge nature reserve has the added attraction of a fascinating castle at one end. A mile-long path links the castle to Crossford village at the other end, although dense woodland restricts views from the route.

[Lower Nethan Gorge from the gorge path]

Location & info

📌 Craignethan Castle ★★★★
💬 Superb 16th century castle set above the gorge, with lots to explore inside an extensive tower. Don't miss the unexpected artillery chambers at the bottom of the defensive ditch.
Off minor road 2 mi west of Crossford, G.R.: NS 815464 ///juicy.engrossed.grazes
Open daily, April to September | £6 adult / £3.60 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

📌 Lower Nethan Gorge ★★★
💬 Unspoiled, wooded gorge carved by the River Nethan, home to otters and green woodpeckers amongst other wildlife.
Eastern access point is on Lanark Road (A72), north side of Crossford, G.R.: NS 824471 ///laser.otter.declining
Always open | Free

Anything else? Bring stout footwear for exploring the gorge - paths are steep and muddy in places. The castle car park at the west end closes when the castle does, but you can always gain access from the east (Crossford) end.



[Craignethan Castle tower]

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