The Parish of St Nicholas covers half the town of Lanark and two outlying villages, Nemphlar to the west and New Lanark to the south. The area is mostly rural with many farms and small hamlets on the edge of the town. It is 25 miles from Glasgow and 30 miles from Edinburgh and has a population of around 8,855.
A wonderful sense of community exists within Lanark, none more so than during our Lanimer Celebrations that take place in June each year.
A swimming pool and fitness complex, along with a new mountain bike track and multiple adventure play areas for children and young people ensure that there is plenty opportunity for exercise and fitness.
New Lanark World Heritage site offers outstanding walks and activities around the falls of Clyde, and with a strong musical tradition, various groups including Music in Lanark, bring world-class musicians to the town on regular basis.
There are four primary schools in Lanark, namely Robert Owen Memorial Primary School, Lanark Primary School, St Mary's RC Primary School and New Lanark Primary School.
Lanark Grammar is the main Secondary School.
Wishaw General Hospital, 12 miles from Lanark, is the main hospital. The Lockhart Hospital, which is a community hospital, is located in Lanark. There is a residential care home and various care homes in Lanark and the surrounding area.
Lanark has excellent transport links, with a bus and railway station. Trains to Glasgow are very regular during the day form Lanark, and trains to Edinburgh are available from Carstairs Junction (10 minutes drive).
St Nicholas has four neighbouring churches. They are:
Greyfriars Parish Church
(Church of Scotland),
Christ Church (Scottish Episcopal Church),
St Mary's (Roman Catholic)
Lanark E.U. Church.
Every June, Lanark holds its Lanimer celebrations. On the Sunday, the week begins with the Lord Cornet Elect being led from the Memorial Hall to Saint Nicholas' Church for the Kirkin' of the Lord Cornet Elect. The next day crowds watch the Perambulation of the Marches, when officials and members of the public walk the boundaries of Lanark.
The high point of the week is the Thursday when schoolchildren parade in fancy dress with decorated vehicles, pipe bands, and the Lanimer Queen.
Lanark Loch is a man-made loch built in the 19th century for the recreation of the townsfolk. Throughout the summer there is boating for the kids, a putting green, a small pitch and putt course, children' play areas and picnic areas.
The loch is stocked with a variety of fish including carp and pike and there is coarse fishiing available by permit.
At the entrance to the park is the Inn on the Loch cafe and restaurant.
The Falls of Clyde is the collective name for four seperate linn (or waterfalls) on the River Clyde, comprising of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn (the highest), Dundaff Linn, and Stonebyres Linn. The Falls have been visited by many well known visitors in the past, including the Wordsworths, Sir Walter Scott and Turner.
Sir John Carmichael built the Pavilion near Corra Linn in 1708, which had mirrors on its back wall, giving visitors the illusion of standing beneath the falls when the doors were opened. Corra Castle, built in the 15th century is beside Corra Linn and is now home to a family of rare bats.
There are many lovely woodland walks around the falls and the area, and it is a favourite place for birdwatchers with over 100 species of birds having been identified within the area including dipper, kingfisher and raven.
New Lanark is a village on the banks of the Clyde, founded in 1786 by David Dale who built the original mill and homes for the mill workers. The mill was powered by the force of the only waterfalls on the River Clyde. The mill was bought by Robert Owen and his partners, and Owen became manager, implementing his well known social and economic ideas that revolutionised the lives of the mill workers.
The New Lanark Heritage Site now allows visitors to see recreated mill workers's houses and historic working machinery. There is also a Mill Shop, a Café and the New Lanark Mill Hotel.