Today I begin a new series of posts called ‘Explore What’s On Your Door’!
We all have attractions, tourist hot spots, areas of natural beauty etc on our doorsteps, but do we ever take the time to go and visit them? I know I have been guilty in the past of living close to a place that gets hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and yet have never visited.
This year David and I intend on exploring more of Glasgow and its surrounding area, see its hidden gems and treasures and explore! Scotland has so much to offer and I can’t wait to see more of its delights – and then to share it with you all!
Be a tourist, why not! Think of it as being on holiday, but you get to come home to your own bed at the end of it!
This past Saturday, David and I went to a place called New Lanark, about a 35 minute drive from Glasgow.
New Lanark is a restored 18th century cotton mill village and has been given World Heritage Site status. It is beautifully situated along the banks of the Falls of Clyde and is simply breathtaking from first view.
The visitor centre is fantastic, highlighting the history of the mill from creation right through to its closure as a mill in the 1960’s and development of its restoration. It kept us engaged throughout with its interesting material, exhibitions and displays. David and I love to constantly learn, discuss and debate and New Lanark was such a new experience. Especially for David who was able to learn more Scottish words and phrases that he had never heard before – like ‘Cludgie’ (pronounced like Budgie, with a Cl) – it means the toilet!.
As well as the visitor centre inside the mill, you could also visit the owner’s home, the school, the village store and a mill workers house.
A highlight has to be the roof terrace which they installed to make the most of the fantastic view from the top of the mill. Stunning, even on a slightly grey day!
It was such a fantastic day out and I can’t wait to return to try out some of the country walks and trails. Our first ‘Explorer’ day out was certainly a success! Now to plan the next one and maybe purchase some kind of explorer ‘Indiana Jones’ style hat…!
Do you explore what’s on your door? If not, why not check out some of your local attractions!