MotherwellClydeside area of central Scotland, divided by the River Clyde from neighbouring Hamilton. Its name derives from an ancient "Lady Well" or holy well. It was a tiny hamlet until the railway arrived in 1848, when it rapidly grew into an iron and steel-making centre supplying the heavy industries of Glasgow and elsewhere. This growth continued in the 20th century, and the huge Ravenscraig steel-making complex was built on a greenfield site east of town. But by the 1980s other nations were undercutting British Steel, there was a damaging strike, major customers such as car manufacturers were lost, and the industry collapsed. Ravenscraig became a wasteland which is only now being rehabilitated for housing. Steel production continues at Dalzell and Clydebridge, and the town's other employments are public services (eg the council and police bases), call centres and light industry.
Motherwell is 16 miles southeast of Glasgow. Most routes approach along M74, exit at jcn 6 and follow A723 into town. From Edinburgh follow M8 and cross by A725 onto M74.
By airFrom Glasgow airport (GLA) take Bus 500 to Buchanan station then bus or train as below. From Edinburgh airport (EDI) there's likewise a direct bus to Buchanan station.
Motherwell is on the West Coast mainline and has trains from Glasgow Central every 15 mins or so, taking 20-40 mins. The fast trains continue to Carlisle, Preston, Manchester Piccadilly and airport; to Edinburgh, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York, Leeds and down through the Midlands to Penzance; and to Warrington, Birmingham New Street and London Euston. The London services include the Caledonian Lowland Sleeper, which leaves Euston Su-F near midnight to reach Motherwell for 07:00; southbound times are similar. But for long-distance routes to town it's often quicker to travel into Glasgow for a non-stop train.
Slow trains from Glasgow Central to Motherwell also call at Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Blantyre, Hamilton and Airbles; many continue via Wishaw to Lanark, or via Coatbridge to Cumbernauld.
is central in town. Airbles station may be more convenient for the south side of town.
Inter-city coaches don't call here, you usually have to go via Glasgow, but travel to nearby Hamilton for the hourly X74 bus between Glasgow, Moffat and Dumfries.
First Bus X11 runs from Glasgow Buchanan Station every 30 mins, taking 30 mins to Motherwell, and continuing south to Wishaw and Newmains.
First Bus 240 runs from Buchanan Station via Birkenshaw and Belshill to Motherwell, taking 75 mins, and continuing to Craigneuk, Wishaw and Overtown. It runs every 30 mins 05:00-22:30, every ten mins daytime. As Night Bus N240 it also runs around 00:15 and 03:00 very early Saturday & Sunday from Sauchiehall Street.
JMB Bus 41 runs M-Sa every 15 mins from Hamilton to Motherwell then Wishaw, Carluke and Lanark.
First Glasgow Bus 201 runs daily every 10-20 mins from Petersburn and Airdrie to Coatbridge, Belshill, Motherwell, Hamilton, Burnbank, East Kilbride and Hairmyres Hospital.
The centre is compact and walkable. You need a car to reach the Theme Park, especially with little ones, as there isn't a bus. Dalzell Estate is a long walk, but hourly bus 244 runs from town centre down Adele St, dropping you at the north edge of the park.
Strathclyde Country ParkLarge park surrounding an artificial lake, created in the 1970s and submerging the former mining village of Bothwellhaugh. It's bounded to the west by the diverted River Clyde, and by M74 which can be noisy - the east of the park is quieter. There are woodlands and wetlands, and the remains of Roman Baths. There's a water sports centre, M&Ds theme park and a camping and caravaning site.
phone: +44 1698 263045address: 31 Coursington Rd ML1 1PPRed-brick Gothic building designed by Pugin and completed in 1900, now the seat of the RC diocese of Motherwell. Note the organ, renovated in 2008.
phone: +44 1698 274590address: High Road ML1 3HUThis is the main repository for archives and records for North Lanarkshire.
Dalzell Estate & Baron's HaughA designed landscape around Dalzell House (which is nowadays private flats), with wetlands and woods providing a nature reserve. With Japanese Gardens, and Baron's Haugh is an RSPB reserve with bird hides.
- See Hamilton (four miles west) for the Duke of Hamilton's mausoleum and Chatelherault Country Park.
- has a regular programme of events. It's within the Civic Centre and council offices at the junction of Windmillhill St and Airbles Rd.
phone: +44 1698 333777address: Strathclyde Country Park ML1 3RTTheme park and funfair, Amazonia tropical house, ten-pin bowling, crazy golf, amusement arcade and several eating places. Check ahead for closures of various sections. Alona Hotel is adjacent.
Aquatec Motherwellphone: +44 1698 332828address: 1 Menteith Road ML1 1AZLeisure centre with pool, large gym, dance studios and health suite. Cleanliness and maintenance erratic.
Watch football ie soccer at phone: +44 1698 333333address: Fir Park Stadium, Fir Park St, Motherwell ML1 2QNThey play in the Scottish Premiership, the top tier of Scottish football. The stadium, capacity 13,000, is a mile southeast of town centre off A721 Windmillhill St.
- Brandon Shopping Centre is just south of the railway station in the fork of the tracks. It's the town's main retail centre, with a pedestrianised outdoor mall lined with shops and fast-food places. Free toilets and nearby parking.
- ASDA and Aldi are south next to Brandon, and reached by walkways.
- There's a fast food strip from the railway station south into Brandon shopping centre.
phone: +44 1698 264384address: 388 Brandon Street ML1 1XAFriendly place for pizza & pasta.
phone: +44 1698 266272address: 352 Brandon Street ML1 1XABudget chain Italian.
phone: +44 1698 253313address: 131 Merry Street ML1 1JPAll you can eat Chinese buffet, good food for the price. They also have a takeaway on Windmillhill St.
phone: +44 1698 254851address: 68 Windmillhill Street ML1 1TASmall good-value Indian.
- Toby Carvery is at M74 jcn 5 next to the Holiday Inn Express. It's open daily 07:00-23:00.
- There's a strip of pubs along Merry Street east of the station. These include Horseshoe Bar at the junction with Muir St, Railway Tavern at no 31, The Brandon Works a JD Wetherspoon at no 61, Woodcutter Bar at no 127, and Burns Tavern at no 210 on the corner of Dalziel St.
- Another strip runs south towards Windmillhill St. Here are The Brandon Bar, New Century Bar at no 49, Windmill Tavern at no 75, and Steelworks Bar & Grill (formerly Jack Daniels) round the corner on Glencairn St.
- Electric Bar is west, next to Airbles railway station, while The Bullfrog is south along the road to Wishaw.
- The caravan site is at M74 jcn 5 next to the Holiday Inn Express. It's open all year, with 45 camping pitches and 107 caravan hook-ups.
Holiday Inn Expressphone: +44 1698 858585address: Strathclyde Country Park ML1 2RBReliable budget chain just off motorway.
phone: +44 1698 333888address: Strathclyde Country Park ML1 3RTWell-run place by the park, close to motorway.
phone: +44 1698 258131address: 114 Hamilton Road ML1 3DGGood central hotel.
phone: +44 1698 862862address: 10 Hagen Drive ML1 5RZMid-range place by woodlands and golf course, often used for weddings & other functions.
phone: +44 1698 265588address: 19 High Road ML1 3HUVictorian house near town centre, some facilities worn.
Motherwell is generally a safe area, but there are some rundown areas such as Forgewood and Carfin where you might not want to walk at night.
The town centre has its quota of raucous drunks of an evening, but the pub strips are visibly policed, with CCTV cameras and pub security staff.
The Police Station is at 217 Windmillhill Street just south of the centre.
Wishaw General Hospitaladdress: 50 Netherton Street, Wishaw ML2 0DPThis is the closest hospital, 2 miles south of Motherwell, and has A&E facilities.
There are free wifi spots at the Brandon Works on Merry Street and at McDonalds on Brandon Street. There's public internet at Motherwell Library at 35 Hamilton Road, by the railway bridge.