Milling Around

This relaxing hotel combines heritage and history with comfort and style.

New Lanark World Heritage Site is a truly unique place, making the New Lanark Mill Hotel an exceptional place to stay. Unlike anywhere else in Scotland, the hotel started its life as an 18th century cotton mill. After years of restoration by the New Lanark Trust, it opened just over 20 years ago, offering guests a completely immersive stay at the heart of a world-class historical site.

It enjoys a picturesque position in a spectacular valley, close to the Falls of Clyde and less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Bedrooms have views over the River Clyde, and there is also a selection of one and two-bedroom, self catering cottages, sitting on the river bank.

Their Mill One restaurant is stylish and contemporary with a menu which focuses on simple dishes using the very best ingredients. Their menu includes a selection of popular favourites, while they serve up the finest Scotch Beef from their grill. They’re accredited with VisitScotland’s Taste our Best Award which recognises businesses that provide and promote quality Scottish food and drink. Dishes are complemented by a well-edited wine list with a great selection of wines from around the world.

There are lots of great walks nearby, or for those who don’t want to venture far, the Health & Fitness Club has a pool, sauna, steam room, bubble pool, gym and beauty rooms offering a variety of treatments.

Then, of course, there’s the exceptional heritage site itself. Visitors can see how the villagers of New Lanark lived by exploring the millworkers’ houses, with a reconstruction of an 1820s millworker’s home. A 1930s house, by contrast shows what life would have been like just after the First World War.

The New Lanark Village Store was established by Robert Owen in 1813, selling quality goods at cheap prices and giving customers value for money. The Village Store today offers visitors the chance to find out about shopping in the past, the development of the Co-Operative movement and Fair Trade.

There’s even the chance to see a historic Spinning Mule in operation. It now produces wool instead of cotton, with the wool available to buy in the shop. The kids will love the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, an immersive journey narrated by the ghost of a young mill worker who tells her story of life in New Lanark in 1820. TC
Published: January 2018