Bothwell and Blantyre

River Clyde at Bothwell Castle
River Clyde at Bothwell Castle
The 13th century remains of Bothwell Castle are the starting point for this 3.5 circular walk. We’ve visited the castle many times, so didn’t go inside but dropped straight down onto the Clyde Walkway below. We followed the wooded banks until we could see Blantyre on the other side of the river.

Here, we made a detour over the Livingstone Memorial Bridge. What a beautiful house next to it!

Blantyre is the birthplace of David Livingstone – although the David Livingstone Centre wasn’t yet open for the season, we enjoyed the surrounding park and garden. The statue of Livingstone and the Lion is spectacular.

We also liked the fountain, even if it had no water in at the moment, and the giant stone frog in the pond.

Crossing back to the other side of the river we walked through Old Bothwell to Bothwell Bridge, scene of a battle in 1679 between the Covenanters and Charles II’s army (the Covenanters lost). A memorial to them was erected in 1903.

From the memorial, it was a steep climb up the road to the centre of Bothwell after which we definitely deserved lunch – which we ate outside. In Scotland, in March! We were amazed too (though I confess I did feel it a little nippy).

After lunch, we stopped to admire this lovely memorial outside the Parish Church. Joanna Baillie was a renowned poet and dramatist who was born in Bothwell in 1762.

Another garden next. The Gilchrist Garden was donated to the residents of Bothwell in 1940 by Marion Gilchrist who was born in Bothwellpark Farm in 1864. Despite the education of women then being considered a waste of time, she went on to qualify as a doctor becoming the University of Glasgow’s first female graduate in 1894. The memorial sculpture, by Adrian Wiszniewski, was added in 2013. The cut-out shapes represent organisms seen under a microscope, the black represents Marion’s inner strength and the pink her femininity and sensitivity.

Bothwell used to be a mining village, and our final stop was this replica coal hutch which has recently been placed on the way out of town by the local Historical Society to commemorate the miners of Castle Colliery.

Miners Memorial, Bothwell

From here, it was about a mile back to the castle where we had left our car. So – scenery, history and art! I hope you’ve enjoyed this stroll through Bothwell which I’m linking to Jo’s Monday Walks.


42 thoughts on “Bothwell and Blantyre

  1. Becky B March 28, 2016 / 11:05

    Wow so much to see…..stunning skies, lovely walk although I’m not sure I agree with Adrian that pink is feminine. Just seems to be reinforcing that girls should be in pink! Still great Marion has a memorial sculpture.


    • Anabel Marsh March 28, 2016 / 11:08

      Yes, I did balk at that a bit myself – although I do think the pink and black together are striking. Where are all the women sculptors, I wonder?

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      • Becky B March 28, 2016 / 11:10

        I agree re women sculptors – would have been much more appropriate for a female to have sculpted the memorial given Marion’s achievements.


        • Anabel Marsh March 28, 2016 / 11:12

          Indeed. But he is famous as one of the New Glasgow Boys so I guess they chose a “name”.

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  2. hilarymb March 28, 2016 / 11:09

    Hi Anabel – yes exactly I agree with Becky – what a rich and varied history … Wonderful you were able to sit out and have lunch, despite the nip in the air …

    Loved the photos and chat about the area .. cheers Hilary


    • Anabel Marsh March 28, 2016 / 11:11

      Thanks Hilary! I enjoyed finding two “sheroes” – I knew Marion’s garden was there, but didn’t know about Joanna.


  3. restlessjo March 28, 2016 / 12:40

    What a lovely sunny stroll, Anabel. Off out to chance the weather. Many thanks for this ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Pit March 28, 2016 / 14:14

    Thanks, Anabel, for taking me around there. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great sights.


  5. slfinnell March 28, 2016 / 14:26

    We have a Bothwell Lodge, Bothwell Hotel and Bothwell Hospital here in Sedalia, Missouri ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe they originated from your part of the world?? Might have to find out and let you know. As always, enjoy your posts!


    • Anabel Marsh March 28, 2016 / 17:56

      Thanks! They probably do – some Scottish emigrants maybe?


  6. mopana March 28, 2016 / 15:33

    Wow! An interesting stroll through history. I liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Birgit March 29, 2016 / 05:10

    This looks like such a wonderful walk in March and to have dinner outside is quite unexpected. Love many of these pictures and the memorial with the different pictures looks cool. Soon you will be in my neck of the woods:)


    • Anabel Marsh March 29, 2016 / 07:55

      Yes we will! Hope the weather is equally kind to us there…..


  8. jazzfeathers March 29, 2016 / 06:45

    Wow, this was a very busy, and truly beautiful walk!
    Thanks so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Paul March 29, 2016 / 15:46

    Back in my neck of the woods Anabel, I’m only a 5 minute walk from the monument at Bothwell bridge. If your ever heading back this way let me know and I can give you some local knowledge. There is a route you can walk from the David Livingston centre down to Bothwell bridge, along the old railway. It brings you out at the old Craighead House Estate which sits almost next to Bothwell Bridge. There is a small Victorian pleasure ground right next to the bridge as well, locally referred to as the “Lido”. It’s still pleasant to relax there on a nice day. Anyway, I could honestly bore you for hours with information about this area as there is so much to tell, so many people, so many great houses and gardens lost,even a couple of villages gone. If your interested in this area at all there is a great web page called “The Blantyre Project” that has an awful lot of information about this area.


    • Anabel Marsh March 29, 2016 / 16:11

      Thanks, Paul. I’m intrigued by the FB site you pointed me to last time – I had never heard of a lot of the places they talk about and show pictures of – so I’ll have a look at this one too.

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      • Paul March 29, 2016 / 16:39

        I’ve just done a walk round the Darvel area, once I’ve posted it to my Google profile I’ll link you in as it may be of interest to you too. There was a really interesting walk that had been arranged through the Stonehouse community group page on Facebook, it had been advertised on the Lost Houses page. It was only a few miles but took you through a couple of graveyards and through the ruins of a lost house. Shona McLean posted pictures of the walk the other day to Lost houses. I’m always working on these walks however there is a few new ones coming up. Have a look at on there events page there are events planned months in advance, some good ones coming up in May I think.


        • Anabel Marsh March 29, 2016 / 16:54

          Thanks, I’ll take a look – I saw the pictures of the graveyards. Fascinating, I love old graveyards (might be weird, though I’m obviously far from alone). We went the other way this weekend, so the next walk will be from the Firth of Clyde.

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          • Paul March 29, 2016 / 17:14

            Graveyards are fantastic, I love to read the headstones and photograph them too. Have you been to the graves at Dalziel House of at Cambusnethan?


  10. Paul March 29, 2016 / 17:31

    You can park at Dalziel House, walk down to the graveyard at the ruined mausoleum then walk through the grounds over to Cambusnethan Kirkyard (also known as Kirkhill graveyard and St Michaels). It’s one of the oldest graveyards in the area and has one of the highest concentration of medieval graves anywhere in Scotland. Unfortunately this does not encourage the council or the locals to look after it, it’s in a bad way. However it’s so worth a visit! It has a massive mausoleum that’s in ok condition. If your still inclined you can continue along the Clyde walkway to Cambusnethan house, its a ruined shell but still gorgeous and it also had a small but ruined mausoleum. Further into clydeside almost at rosebank you have the old Mauldslie Estate. There is a lovely and decently preserved small graveyard there. It’s off the beaten track a bit. Most people stop at the cottage next to it and ask access aa there is a gate from their garden into it. Much easier than climbing through the trees up the hill! I could keep going but I need to make dinner! Lol

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  11. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) March 30, 2016 / 15:42

    I could not agree with you more about that statue of Livingstone and the lion. Spectacular indeed! Honourable mention to that charming frog!


  12. Liesbet March 31, 2016 / 02:08

    I definitely enjoyed this very diverse stroll with you Annabel. When I keep reading so much about Europe, I am missing it a bit, especially the castles. And the tea rooms and lunch places. And, the benches. Such a civilized area, compared to the remote and down to basic woods I have been hiking in! Which is very enjoyable as well, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ So nice you got to eat outside, bravely, in March… Don’t get too spoiled! We find ourselves getting carried away on the sunny, blue sky days this time of the year.

    Liesbet @ Roaming About โ€“ A Life Less Ordinary


    • Anabel Marsh March 31, 2016 / 07:21

      Thank you Liesbet. Everywhere is different and has its own attractions I suppose (and it’s cold and wet again here now!)


  13. anotherday2paradise March 31, 2016 / 02:37

    What a lovely walk, Anabel. The statue of Livingstone and the lion is so amazing. I love Mr. Frog too. ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy April 1, 2016 / 21:26

    All of these places look amazing – though I think I may be most partial to the little frog. I think my backyard could use something similar!

    As for eating outside in March, I for one am all for it, even if it is a little chilly. It just feels good to spend some time outside, rather than cooped up inside by this point in the year.


  15. ventisqueras April 4, 2016 / 09:40

    รจ piacevole seguire le indicazioni dell’amica Jo, si scoprono angoli e pensieri che arricchiscono gli occhi e lo spirito, grazie


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2016 / 10:24

      Sono contento che la pensi cosรฌ. Grazie per la visita. (I hope Google Translate got that right!)

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