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      03.07.2010 12:20
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      A nice little Scottish town with plenty of history.

      Rather than simply write one review for the whole of Lanark, I have decided to compile my reviews of different Lanark attractions, originally posted on trivago.co.uk (under the same username). I hope this gives you a good overview of the town if you're planning on visiting and I will write about Lanark in general at the end.

      I have never stayed in any of Lanark's hotels and B&Bs (why would I need to?), so can't comment on any of them. There are about 15 hotels and bed and breakfasts in total nearby, including the Cartland Bridge Country House Hotel on the outskirts of Lanark and the New Lanark Mill Hotel, just 1 mile from the town centre. New Lanark also has a hostel with cheap accomondation.

      *Note: Ciao formatting tags retained to separate out review.

      ==The Loch==
      _10/10_

      When I was younger, I was often dragged out to the loch to either feed the swans or play at the park (sometimes I had the pleasure of doing both). I enjoyed most of my visits, especially during summer when there were boats on the water and ice cream for sale at the car park. I've only been a couple of times this year, and I was horrified during my last visit to find that a children's play area had been torn down at the request of a local minister after his daughter got a skelf from it. This was a large boat with a slide and fireman's pole along with seating and a climbing frame. However, there are still plenty of areas for children, full of swings, slides, climbing frames and even monkey bars (assuming none of these have also been removed since my last visit).

      I mentioned earlier that there were boats in the summer. These are available to everyone for a small fee of about £10 per adult (may be higher now that we're in this recesion). There are two types of boats: ones which are for kids and just spin around in a small secion of water and some that take you out into the middle of the loch to view the surroundings. There is a small "island" at the loch but boat users are not allowed on it because it is where swans lay their eggs, which were often taken by some of the locals because of their value.

      The swans themselves are very docile and don't mind the swarms of people who visit them every day. They do mind it when people kick them, as a young boy discovered to his dissatisfaction a couple of years ago when the swan he'd just kicked bit him! However, they are normally really friendly and will enjoy being fed bread: a perfect way to get rid of the stale loaf sitting at the back of your cupboard!

      It's also a great place to go walking with a mile long path and several foest routes to explore. However, it's right next to the golf course so be careful. I love walking through the forests with my dog, where she can get off her leed and run about free. While I don't go to the loch very often anymore, I still walk through the forests around it a lot as it is just a quick detour on the way to my gran's house.

      Overall, the loch is a great place to visit. If you're just visiting there are plenty of quick activities you can participate in and if you're a local there'll always be something to do on your next visit.

      ===Specific Criteria===
      *Accessibility (10/10)
      *"Must See"-Factor (9/10)
      *Budget Friendliness (10/10)
      *Relaxation Value (10/10)
      *Uniqueness (8/10)
      There are plenty of ramps for people with disabilities and there are bridges over all the rivers leading into the loch. Almost everything is free, the boats being the only thing which incur a charge (and fishing, which I forgot to mention in my review, requires a permit). There are plenty of picnic areas and benches where people can sit down and relax and there are quiet secluded spots where you can be by yourself. It is unlike most lochs but is similar to the nearby Braidwood Loch.

      ==Castlebank Park==
      _10/10_

      Castlebank Park is a large area of ground next to the site of Lanark's castle (which was destroyed centuries ago). It's used by the lanimer committee on Lanimer Day every year to host a magnitude of pointless and overpriced games. There is also an annual medieval fair where grown men dress up as their favourite medieval characters (like William Wallace, a local hero) and reinact battles which took place in or around Lanark. I tend to avoid both events, although I was often dragged to them as a child.

      Appart from the fascinating grass which adorns most of the park, there is also a children's play area, featuring swings, a train and a chute. There is also a car park and a set of swings (for big people) at the opposite end of the park.

      If it's open, you should visit the park's garden which is full of beautiful flowers and is well-maintained by whoever it belongs to. It was closed for a long time after being damaged by heavy snowfall the same year as the foot and mouth outbreak but it was open on my last visit. There are a number of paths which lead to New Lanark, opened in the 90's, but they were also closed because of heavy damage.

      There are several trees around the park and it's a great place to take dogs, to play fetch and to let them run around off the lead. There were once public toilets on the site but they have been closed for years. If your desperate, you can always go behind a tree or take a trip up to the highstreet, which is only a 5-minute walk away.

      ===Specific Criteria===
      *Accessibility (10/10)
      *"Must See"-Factor (8/10)
      *Budget Friendliness (10/10)
      *Architecture (7/10)
      *Diversity of Vegetation (10/10)
      *Relaxation Value (10/10)

      Accessibility
      There are two ways of getting into the park, both accessible by foot or by car (there are speed bumps at one side, though). It's only 5 minutes from the high street. No buses go directly to the park (that I know of) but theres a local bus that stops on the high street.

      "Must See"-Factor
      Castlebank is a great place to spend the day and has lots of trees, a beautiful garden and some great looking houses.

      Budget Friendliness
      Everything in the park is free to use of visit.

      Architecture
      There are lots of old buildings, built a couple of centuries ago, with nice designs. There's also a sun dial which is quite accurate and an old-fashioned wall.

      Diversity of Vegetation
      The park is covered in vegetation, with plants growing everywhere, a large forest which goes all the way to the clyde and New Lanark, and a garden which has a variety of plants.

      Relaxation Value
      The park is used by a lot of people but it's huge so you're bound to find a nice quiet spot to relax. The garden has benches where you can sit and watch the birds that visit the garden. There are also picnic benches.

      ==Kildare Park==
      _7/10_

      Kildare park was once a great place for kids to play. It had swings, chutes, see-saws, the lot! Now, due to the age and condition of some of the facilities, most of the play areas have been removed. While I agree that most of them were in aa state of disrepair, I think they should have been replaced. This is similar to the play facilities which have been removed from Lanark Loch - it was after a local minister's complaint that the facilities were removed.

      However, there is still a large football pitch, on which Lanark United play regular games. Anyone can use it when the football team aren't playing. Theres also plenty of space to play games like rugby, tennis or volleyball but there is a sign saying "No Ball Games".

      ===Specific Criteria===
      *Accessibility (10/10)
      *"Must See"-Factor (2/10)
      *Budget Friendliness (10/10)
      *Diversity of Vegetation (2/10)
      *Relaxation Value (5/10)

      Accessibility
      There's a path which goes through the park and one on each side of it. There are no fences and, although some parts of the park are above others, it's all easily accessed by either walking up the slopes or using the paths, which are flat. The park is right next to Lanark Primary School and is less than 10 minutes from the town centre on foot.

      "Must See"-Factor
      There isn't much to see, certainly not a vital stop on any tour of Lanark. There are a couple of trees, a football pitch and a children's play area - not unlike most parks.

      Budget Friendliness
      Everything's free to use. There is a small changing room for the football team just next to the primary school which I think you have to pay to use, but appart from that you can use the park without paying.

      Diversity of Vegetation
      There is grass and 3 or 4 trees. Nothing else. I'd like to see trees, or even flowers dotted around the path, just to make the place look a bit nicer, especially next to the primary shool, whose teachers and pupils keep the grounds looking great with a large range of plants growing in the playgrounds.

      Relaxation Value
      Theres not much to do to relax. If there's not a football match on, you can sit on a bench and read a book, or play on the swings by yourself but that's about it.

      There's also a shop right next to the park which sells newspapers, sweets, alcohol, frozen food and loads more. You could buy lunch and have a picnic in the park (although none of the locals do this so you'd definately stick out).

      ==Cartland Craigs==
      _9/10_

      I love visiting this nature reserve. In one word, it's "beautiful". I usually use the dog as an excuse to go but recently I've been visiting it by myself. There are some amazing scenes and it features a diverse array of wildlife.

      All nature reserves are excellent in some way - this one is an example of the Scottish wildlife that existed prior to human settlement in the area. The reserve has been untouched for centuries because of it's location (in a steep valley), which made it an impossible target for deforestation.

      While I did enjoy the amazing views of this area, I think my favourite part of it was the natural history, which I thought was very interesting.

      ===Specific Criteria===
      *Accessibility (6/10)
      *"Must See"-Factor (10/10)
      *Budget Friendliness (10/10)
      *Relaxation Value (10/10)
      *Uniqueness (8/10)

      Accessibility
      The reserve is easy enough to get in to but it could be difficult to find for someone who's just visiting the area. Also there are a lot of inclines and some stairs, making it unsuitable for disabled people. Due to the steep cliffs on the edge of the walkway, I wouldn't recommend it for cyclists. Especially in wet conditions. A slight slip could end in a serious accident.

      "Must See"-Factor
      There's a reason this site has been given the status of "nature reserve" - it shows impressive natural heritage which I believe makes it a "must see" for any tourist (along with the neighbouring Cleghorn Glen). If you can make it, visit this site.

      Budget Friendliness
      What's better than a cheap attraction? A free one! Access to this nature reserve is completely free.

      Relaxation Value
      The reason I walk as much is because I'm asthmatic and I find walking is the best and easiest way for me to keep fit. However, I have to stop quite often and rest because of this. I enjoy stopping in Cartland Craigs and just watching the natural world around me. It's relaxing and very peaceful. There aren't any seating areas but there are plenty of clearings where you can just lie on the grass undisturbed for as long as you want.

      Uniqueness
      The reserve is full of trees, like most nature reserves, but it's unique in that most of the vegetation lies on the side of a cliff. As I mentioned earlier, this is the reason the area has been left alone all these years and why it's now able to be preserved as a nature reserve.

      ==Cleghorn Glen==
      _9/10_

      Cleghorn Glen is like the older brother of Cartland Craigs. It is about three times the size. They're basically the same and there is, in my opinion, no reason for them to be split into two reserves. However, they are and this is a review of the fantastic Cleghorn Glen. Basically, it's a nature reserve which has remained untouched by humans due to the impracticalities of cutting down trees on a steep slope.

      It contains hundreds, if not thousands of trees and plenty of interesting animal life. Unlike Cartland Craigs, where I've yet to see any animals other than common flies, I've been able to see badgers, grey and red squirrels, sparrows, robins and even a family of caterpillars. Just last week, a cleg (horse-fly) landed on me while I was resting and began sucking my blood, unnoticed. Other interesting insects I've noticed include some quite large bees, multiple species of spiders and some ladybugs. I'm not sure why I've not seen much of these at Cartland Craigs (perhaps I've not been looking properly) but I'm sure they're there.

      Overall, I think Cleghorn Glen is a very interesting site. I love seeing all the different wildlife and there are some great views. My dog loves playing in the Moose Water, the river which runs through Cleghorn Glen and Cartland Craigs.

      ===Specific Criteria===
      *Accessibility (2/10)
      *"Must See"-Factor (10/10)
      *Budget Friendliness (10/10)
      *Relaxation Value (10/10)
      *Uniqueness (9/10)

      Accessibility
      Cleghorn Glen is even worse than Cartland Craigs for accessibility. It's got even steeper slopes and is difficult to get to as you have to walk on a busy road where there's no pavement to get to the main entrance, or walk through a residential area to a hard to find right of way then walk past fields for 10 minutes before getting to the reserve. It's totally unsuitable for cyclists and people in wheelchairs or crutches.

      "Must See"-Factor
      I think all nature reserves deserve at least one visit. I don't know about other countries, but in Scotland all nature reserves are amazing examples of our natural heritage. If you visit at night, you've got a chance of seeing some badgers which are lovely animals in my opinion. And they have been left alone for years, with humans only passing through to look at the scenery - most of them will let you walk right past them and some stay still long enough for you to take pictures.

      Budget Friendliness
      It's completely free to visit this reserve. There's a bus which goes past the entrance that has quite low fares but I'm not sure if it stops at the reserve (it is a very busy road and might not be safe for buses to stop).

      Relaxation Value
      My favourite part of Cleghorn Glen is a small area just next to the end of the trail where you're right next to the water. It's quite a nice place with a very small waterfall which my dog loves playing in. There are plenty of other areas where you can sit down and relax but this is my favourite.

      Uniqueness
      Cleghorn Glen is full of diverse wildlife and vegetation that you're unlikely to find anywhere else in the area. Scotland was once covered with trees and plants and was crawling with all sorts of animals but humans have taken their toll on the country. This site, along with Cartland Craigs, is one of the few remaining untouched areas that has survived the centuries.

      ==Valerios==
      _2/10_

      I like to try to sum up the attractions I review in one word, however I will refrain from doing so in this case as I don't think dooyoo would approve of me using such foul language. This is one of the worst take-aways in town. I can't think of anyone who would willingly buy their food when there are so many better alternatives in town.

      I am a vegetarian and so can't eat most things in a chip shop. I have come to accept that. However, if I explicitly ask a whether a specific item on the menu is vegetarian then watch them cooking that supposedly vegetarian food in the same fryer as a piece of cod, I think I'm well within my rights to be pissed, refuse to pay and leave. They were basically selling me chips drenched in dead fish.

      Before this incident, I had eaten their food before and I have to say it was pretty sub-standard. The chips were often over cooked and a fritter roll (which costs somewhat more than 2 fritters) is composed of an unbuttered roll and a single fritter. My gran has also eaten their fish suppers which she says were very dry and, to put it simply, awful. Their menu is also ridiculously overpriced.

      My recommendation: avoid this restaurant at all costs.

      ===Specific Criteria===
      *Budget Friendliness (1/10)
      *Food (1/10)
      *Service (1/10)

      Budget Friendliness
      The menu is far too expensive for what they are selling. 40p for a piece of potato covered in batter (a fritter) is extortionate in my opinion. I could make them myself for a few pence at home (admittedly, mine's would be horrible - not much worse than their's though).

      Food
      The food tastes awful and they provide no vegetarian options.

      Service
      The service is quite poor here. I remember ordering 5 different things (my family was having a take-out for dinner) and the girl taking my order simply stood there pretending to listen then tried to give me a single large portion (and 4 small portions) of chips after ordering 5 small portions. How did she manage to get that simple thing wrong? Anyway, I'm rambling. Conclusion: the service is awful.

      ==Lanark==
      As I said at the beginning, Lanark is my hometown. I love it here and would never leave if they'd build a better shopping center or a zoo (the only two reasons I travel to Edinburgh). I suppose there are some flaws with Lanark, like the non-existant Lanark castle which was burnt down in medieval times. Or the Castle Qua fort whose ruins are supposedly visible from the Cartland Craigs trail but which I have never seen.

      ===Specific Criteria===
      *Value for Money (10/10)
      *Sightseeing (10/10)
      *Shopping (6/10)
      *Nightlife (8/10)
      *Ease of Getting Around (8/10)
      *Family Friendly (10/10)

      Value for Money
      Most of the places worth visiting are free to go to. Other places, like Lanark's museum, don't charge entry but expect a donation. The shops have reasonable prices, with most of them being run by local families. Transport is fairly expensive though, with the local bus currently costing £1.40 for an adult and train journeys starting at around £3.00 to Carluke. Taxis are also very expensive, but they're the same everywhere.

      Sightseeing
      See the reviews of each attraction for more information.

      Shopping
      Many of the town's high street shops have had to close due to the recession, and companies aren't too keen on moving into Lanark. One shop from Carluke, Pocketeers, opened a branch in Lanark back in February. It was closed at the end of April.

      Nightlife
      This is something I've not had any experience of myself, being just 17. I tend to spend my nights in my room doing my homework. My mum, however, has quite a social life and is often out on the town on a Saturday night. Aparantly, there are plenty of bars and clubs, with most take-aways being open through the night.

      Ease of Getting Around
      Lanark is quite a small town so it's difficult to get lost. The local bus, however, doesn't go anywhere near any of the attractions I've mentioned above (other than Valerios). It's only a quick 10-15 minute walk to each of them from the town centre, though.

      Family Friendly
      All of Lanark's attractions are suitable for children. At night, the town centre may be full of drunks (especially during the weekends) but you're unlikely to have kids out late at night.

      ==Other Attractions==
      There are even more attractions in Lanark, I just havn't got round to reviewing them all yet. This summer, I plan on visiting all the free attractions and will add reviews for them as soon as I've visited. If there's a particular attraction you want to know about, leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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