Final Free Victorian Visit to the Falls of Clyde

This Friday offers a last chance for visitors to experience a new interpretation of the truly magnificent landscape at Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) Falls of Clyde near New Lanark for free!

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Date posted: Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Led by storyteller and folklorist Alison Galbraith in the guise of Lady Geraldine Lockhart Ross, a Victorian occupant of Bonnington Estate, now SWT Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve, this is the third and final walk celebrating the new historical trail leaflet.

Opened officially by Aileen Campbell MSP on 25th May, the new trail leaflet, part funded by Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) leads visitors through the old Bonnington Estate which now forms the reserve. To celebrate, SWT have offered three free, specialist guided Victorian tours to the public – of which this walk is the last.

The tour, as seen on BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys, celebrates the no longer forgotten history of Falls of Clyde. Led by storyteller and folklorist Allison Galbraith in full Victorian costume, the tour focuses on the Lockhart Ross family who left a legacy of paths, viewing platforms and designed landscapes on the old Estate.

“The trail and tour draw on different cultural elements, providing a fresh interpretation of the site,” explains Lyndsay Mark, Visitor Experience Manager at Scottish Wildlife Falls of Clyde. “Tales of the aristocratic family’s connection with sheep farming in the highlands, grand scale designed landscaping and myths perpetuating the local William Wallace connection mingle with folk beliefs and ancient customs inspired by the flora and fauna of this truly magnificent landscape.”

“We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to offer three free walks showcasing the new historical trail at Falls of Clyde,” says Donna Marshall, Programme Manager at CAVLP. “Feedback from the first two tours has been really great – people have loved how Alison, or should I say Lady Lockhart Ross, has brought the trail to life with stories. A highlight is definitely visiting the Hall of Mirrors, Bonnington Pavillion, and taking in the view whilst enjoying fudge and lime leaf tea!”

These specialist tours are available throughout the year for £120 per booking by appointment only with Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this final FREE tour which takes place on Friday 26th June, 1:30 – 4pm. Spaces are limited so booking is essential at or by calling 01555 663 430. Alternatively, enjoy a self-guided trail by picking up a copy of the historic trail leaflet at SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre, or by clicking the link under 'Related Resource,' at the side of this page.

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