Where should I live in South Lanarkshire?

Where should I live in South Lanarkshire?

Our area guide to one of Scotland's most desirable districts

In our latest South Lanarkshire neighbourhood guide, we're shining a spotlight on what it’s like to live in this desirable part of Scotland.

South Lanarkshire is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and diverse districts. The region is bursting with history and includes some of Scotland’s best country parks, close-knit communities and quaint towns and suburbs, all just a short distance from Glasgow city centre. It’s also known for its rolling and picturesque countryside, friendly locals and it's up and coming neighbourhoods. 

South Lanarkshire caters to all budgets, tastes and preferences. It’s also one of the best value areas to move to. To help you make a well-informed decision on the best areas to live in, we’ve broken South Lanarkshire down by its most popular areas. 

Cambuslang (average property price: £195,981) 

Cambuslang is a town located on the outskirts of Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde. The town has approximately 30,000 residents, meaning it’s the 27th largest town in Scotland by population but still has a very village-like feel.

If you work in Glasgow, but the prices aren’t for you, or you’re looking for a more diverse offering of properties, then Cambuslang is a great option. You’ll find everything from large Victorian family homes, contemporary brownfield developments, terraced properties as well as spacious apartments available in the town centre. 

Cambuslang is home to a number of golf clubs, a well-known rugby club and a plethora of parks like Holmhills Wood Community Park or Overtoun Park. For those commuting, the location is great - and only 10 minutes from the city centre by train.

Strathaven (average property price: £222,290)

Strathaven is a historic market town located close to the River Avon which was granted Royal Burgh status in 1450. The town boasts several local attractions, such as Strathaven Castle, Strathaven Park, Air Field and Golf Club and has a great community spirit.

Annually Strathaven hosts Scotland’s only annual Hot Air Balloon Festival and a Gala Day each June. For history lovers, the town has a ruined castle which may have been originally built in 1350. Scotland’s oldest bakery, The Waterside Bakery, was established in 1820 and sits in the town centre.

Although the average property price in the area is a little higher than elsewhere in South Lanarkshire, Strathaven is a great place for families to live. The town is home to some good schools, such as Kirkland Park Primary School and Strathaven Academy, and plenty of activities for weekends. 

Rutherglen (average property price: £151,871)

Rutherglen is located on the outskirts of Glasgow, around three miles away from the city. 

The town’s proximity to Glasgow makes it a popular choice for first-time buyers and those looking to commute into the city centre. The affluent Burnside area boasts charming stone-fronted properties and many large semi-detached properties, has good schooling and a pleasant village feel with community activities and a popular train station.

Rutherglen’s most recognisable landmark is its Town Hall in the centre of its High Street which was originally built in the 1860s, and refurbished in 2005. The Town Hall acts as a hub for the arts and hosts cultural activities, such as exhibitions. 

Lanark (average property price: £183,266)

The Royal Burgh of Lanark includes a World Heritage Site (New Lanark) and one of Scotland’s oldest churches, St Kentigern's Church. 

The town is steeped in history, having been made a Royal Burgh by King David I in 1140. 

Lanark is around 25 miles south of Glasgow, so the city still remains accessible, but with so much history and all the shops, bars and restaurants you could need right on your doorstep, you won’t need to travel to the city. It’s a neighbourhood bristling with boutiques and has a cosy neighbourhood feel - perfect for young families and people wanting to move somewhere a little quieter. 

There are homes in Lanark to satisfy every need and all budgets - especially for those who are wanting to move into greener spaces. Whether you’re looking for a charming family home or a comfortable apartment, you’re sure to find a property that suits you in Lanark. 

Hamilton (average property price: £151,853) 

Independent shops and an independent spirit makes Hamilton a fantastic place to move to. It’s a large town, around 12 miles south of Glasgow, so while the city remains easily accessible, you’ll have a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants right on your doorstep. 

The town offers some excellent walking opportunities including Chatelherault Country Park, which is located where the Clyde and Avon rivers meet. Strathclyde Country Park is home to Scotland’s only theme park and is only a short drive away - which makes it a great destination for families. For the commuter, the town is well connected, offering direct access to the M74, with the M8 and M73 motorways being easily accessible via the nearby Raith interchange.

The properties on offer in Hamilton vary from quaint terraced homes to new builds and apartments to sprawling large family homes. 

What’s next? 

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