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Walkers and cyclists: Historic Scottish hostel with access to great mod-cons

Written by Fiona

May 13 2019

Walkers and cyclists are being encouraged to consider a perfect “stopping off” hostel at New Lanark, near Lanark, in Scotland,

The Wee Row hostel is part of a World Heritage Site in the Clyde Valley and while it has amazing historic origins, travellers who book to stay here also have access to many mod-cons, including a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and bubble pool.

The cost of staying at the unique hostel is from as little as £16.50 a night plus £5 for access to the leisure club facilities. There is also an option to add a breakfast at New Lanark Mill Hotel or Mill Café.

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre is on the doorstep and if you stay at the hostel you get a 15% discount.

More about The Wee Row hostel

Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site, which has its origins as an 18th century cotton mill, the “Wee Row” provides a unique hostel experience.

A converted mill building, originally built for workers of the one-time largest cotton manufacturer in Scotland, it is nestled in the spectacular South Lanarkshire valley in Southern Scotland.

Popular with individuals, families, school parties and groups, there is a wide selection of things to do on New Lanark’s doorstep.

Wee Row Hostel has a choice of room types, all with ensuite. There is also a well-equipped self-catering kitchen for guests to make use of, including a comfortable dining area.

There is a bike store, drying room, laundry room and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Communal area at the Wee Row hostel.
Hostellers have access to the swimming pool at new lanark. Credit: Carsten Flieger

Where is The Wee Row hostel?

The hostel is an hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh… but why drive when you can walk or cycle there?

New Lanark is at the end (or start) of the 65km (40-mile) Clyde Walkway which runs from Glasgow city centre. You can walk or cycle the route and enjoy an overnight (or two) at the hostel.

It is also a popular place for a stop-over for those cycling longer-distance routes, especially the Land’s End to John o’ Groats route. See this article about staying in independent hostels while doing he LEJOG. It includes the Wee Row Hostel.

Anything else to do while you’re there?

The Falls of Clyde. Credit: Euan Nelson

The New Lanark Visitor Centre is well worth a visit. You’ll step back in time to discover how life used to be at the working mill village.

Explore the industrial heritage, pick up a gift in the Mill Shop, have breakfast or lunch in the Mill Café or New Lanark Mill Hotel Restaurant, or enjoy dinner in the latter, play in the park or simply take a seat by the waterwheel and soak up the history of this magnificent 18th century cotton mill village.

A must-see are the famous Falls of Clyde. The many waterfalls are surrounded by natural woodland. Take a walk up the board walk to the falls and look out for wildlife, including badgers and squirrels.

See a “walk to the Falls of Clyde” in this 10 favourite walks near Glasgow.

New Lanark makes for a perfect getaway suitable for all ages, interests and budgets and The Wee Row offers exclusive-use options ideal for school, college or university visits, family gatherings, birthday celebrations or special interest groups.

To find out more or to book a room see: Wee Row Hostel at New Lanark.

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