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Wilsontown

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A vital site of Scotland's Industrial Revolution, now home to wildflowers and butterflies

Bonny woodland and grassland clothe the banks of the Moosewater Burn today. The woodland is home to birds, butterflies and wildflowers. But they were once covered with smoking furnaces and noisy coalmines: Wilsontown Ironworks was one of the most important sites of Scotland’s Industrial Revolution.

Along the burnside there are rocky outcrops, knolls and hollows. Illustrated panels along the trails and our guide bring the bustling industrial past to life. You can read more about Wilsontown Ironworks on our Heritage webpages.

Guide map to Wilsontown (PDF 7.4MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Quality Row Trail

Explore the site of Wilsontown’s historic ironworks and the settlement where its workers lived and mined.

Wide, firm gravel surface throughout with some loose stones. Short moderate slopes but plenty of resting places. One quiet road crossing.

Easy
1 miles / 1.7 km

Allow
½ hour

More information

You’ll be walking through the heart of Wilsontown’s industry along this trail, past the site of the forge and rolling mill and the workers’ houses on Quality Row. The route also takes you through the area pock-marked with bell pit mines. The trail starts across the road from the car park and a short link path will take you to the start of the blue waymarkers.

Walking

Peat Pond Path

Wander though the forest that has grown over the old industrial landscape and discover a secret pond hidden among the trees.

Wide, firm gravel surface throughout. Some sections may be slightly loose or muddy. Long moderate slope for 400m. Includes a road crossing.

Easy
1 ¼ miles / 2.2 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

This trail starts across the road from the car park. A short link path will take you to the start of the orange waymarkers.

Walking

The Glen Trail

A short stroll through young broadleaves alongside the Moosewater Burn and passing the site of the Wilson’s grand mansion.

Uneven grassy surface with muddy parts. One short fairly steep slope.

Moderate
½ miles / 0.7 km

Allow
¼ hour

More information

Look out for wildflowers like beautiful orchids in the summer.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

There are shops, places to eat and public toilets in Forth village, about ½ mile (800 metres) away.

Getting here

Turn off the A706 between Whitburn and Lanark just north of the village of Forth onto the B7016, signposted for Wilsontown. Bear left immediately afterwards and the car park is on the right, with a sign saying ‘The Glen’. The grid reference is NS 949 548.

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Nearest postcode: ML11 8ER

Public transport

Buses go to the village of Forth, about ½ mile (800 metres) away. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

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