Castlebank Park, Lanark lies in the heart of rural Lanarkshire and offers visitors a glimpse into the historical but peaceful Clyde Valley. Situated in the west side of the town of Lanark, close to the River Clyde, the park is steeped in history. Activity in the area dates back to the 12th century when the ancient kings of Scotland would hunt in the valley woodlands. William Wallace is reputed to have made his escape through the woodlands leading to the Clyde after slaughtering the English Governor in the nearby castle in the May 1297. Castlebank House was originally built in 1760 and developed over the years to its current state. The park is also linked to the Unesco World Heritage site of New Lanark village by the long distance footpath the Clyde Walkway. The ancient woodlands are a haven for wildlife and there is a good footpath network throughout the park, whether you are looking for wildlife or just a pleasant stroll in the countryside.
Visitors can picnic in the open spaces of the park or in the formal picnic area, giving great views of the park and surrounding areas. There is a new play area where children of all ages can enjoy hours of fun. When exploring the park you may discover the magical “Fairy Dell,” a mixture of fantasy and wildlife woodcarvings. Local schools and groups can enjoy tutorials from the resident Horticultural Officer with in the new Horticultural Centre. Add free parking for a smashing day out.