Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Lanark

J is taking a week's vacation so we've decided to take a few little day trips around Edinburgh.

Yesterday we went to New Lanark.

New Lanark has a fascinating history. It started off as a cotton mill in the late 1700s. In the early 19th century Robert Owen purchased it. Owen was a firm believer in education and social reform. Later in life he actually went to America and tried to set up a Utopian town, which failed miserably (surprise!). As owner of the mill he set up an infancy school, lengthened the time the children stayed in school (the teachers were not allowed to punish the children), set up one of the first co-operative stores, and put into practice a crazy amount of other socialist ideas.

In 1968 the mill was shut down, but it's since been renovated and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a strange little informative ride (like Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, but with yarn), a working Spinning Mule and several rooms that you can go into which show what life was like back then.

Onto the pictures.

At the train station
Pigeon going for a coffee
Edinburgh Train Station

On the train.

Oh no! The other passengers are turning into beach balls!

We've arrived!
New Lanark

The weird ride.

Makin' a fool of myself

You are here

The Cora Linn Falls
Cora Linn Falls

Mechanic doing a bit of work on the spinning mule
Spinning Mule

And, the yarn I bought!!


  1. What a cool place! I'd love to go see the spinning mule and ride the Haunted Mansion + yarn ride ... but my favorite is the globe-hugging photo. ;)

  2. That looks like a great place to take some time off to visit! Thanks for taking us along with you. The photos of the trip, and your 'foolin' around' were fabulous! ^_^

  3. Thanks Silver. The globe was in a replica of a classroom. How could I not hug it ;)

    Thanks Poetess :)