Thank you everyone for all the good wishes regarding my move to the UK ! I’ve settled down, and everything is great (so far :p)! Just after the move, we went to Scotland for a little road trip, but I’m back now, the head full of good memories and it’s going to be a pleasure to share them with you during the next following weeks :-)
Falls of Clyde and New Lanark, UNESCO World Heritage Site
The first stop of our Scottish journey was in New Lanark, a restored 18th century cotton mill village located in South Lanarkshire. The village is located on the banks of the River Clyde, close to the Falls of Clyde and has been a UNESCO world Heritage site since 2001.
In the beginning of the 18th century, New Lanark was he biggest cotton mill in Scotland and formed one of the largest industrial groups in the world. Thousands of people were working in the village. The mill owner, Robert Owen, was an idealist and a humanist. He was concerned about the well being of his workers and he believed in an industrial model where the creation of wealth was not synonym of exploitation of people. He provided schools for children, education and spacious houses of his workers.
I was amazed to see how well preserved the village was. Apparently, it has been restored as faithfully as possible, and the result is breathtaking ! The weather was not very good when we first arrived, but it finally cleared up a few hours later and we could enjoy the beautiful buildings under a bright sun !
It is possible to visit different part of the site but not all buildings are open to the public as is it a living and working village. We visited the Mill #3, Robert Owen’s House, the mill worker’s house and the village store. In the Mill #3, you can enjoy the Annie McLeod Experience Ride. We took a seat and enjoy a dark ride where the ghost of mill worker Annie McLeod told us her story :-) It was a very strange and new experience for us !
Today, the mill is still producing wool and it’s possible to buy it… and guess what ?! Their wool was used to create the xmas jumpers features in the Harry Potter films :D This is so cool ! All the money they made from the sales of textiles are reinvested in the care of this World Heritage Site.
Around the village, the scenery is also beautiful. In the Falls of Clyde Wildlife reserve, you can see the wonderful waterfall but also some woodland and a lot of flora and fauna. We really enjoyed this walk !