Scotland’s oldest and richest forest lies hidden in dramatic gorges in the Clyde Valley. Since the last Ice Age, rivers have gouged deep clefts in the soft sandstone and woods of oak, ash, rowan and hazel have been growing there since the ice melted away.
In spring, the woodlands come alive with colour, carpeted with bluebells, wild garlic, wood anemone and wood sorrel. These woodlands and the ravine habitats are also home to a fascinating and unusual array of invertebrates.
Visitors to the Reserve also have the rare opportunity to see badgers at close quarters.
The Cartland Crags and Cleghorn Glen section of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve is located just to the north of Lanark.
- Car park
- Water - Pond / Loch / Burn / River
- Wildlife viewing
Clyde Valley Woodlands, Lanark, National ML11 7RH