On Tuesday, June 2, we traveled to New Lanark World Heritage Site. Heather Sutherland, from Stevenson College drove us to New Lanark. It was again a nice drive to see the scenery. New Lanark is an old cotton mill that was built close to the famous Falls of Clyde. It was a village that became known world wide. Robert Owen was known as the social pioneer. In a time of cruel mill managers, he provided the village with decent homes, fair wages, free health care and a new education system. The vilage included the first nursery school in the world.
New Lanark has been restored as a living community. We had a tour around the village and got to see how the villages lived and worked over 200 years ago. The living conditions were not the greatest but I guess compared to other mills it was good. We also got to tour Robert Owen's home. The village itself is just amazing. There was also a ride "The Annie McLeod Experience" that took you through the mill and was narrated by a little girl who worked in the mill in 1820. There is also a beautiful Roof Garden on top of one of the mills. The flowers were beautiful and views were amazing. We had lunch in the Mill Pantry. I also did a little shopping in the gift shop and got Allaire a very cute tartan (scottish plaid) dress that she will be able to wear at Christmas.
Before we left New Lanark, we visited Robert Owen's school in the village. It was so neat to see the restored classroom. The uniforms are hanging on the wall that kids today can put on when the visit. I took a short little walk up to see the falls. Would love to return and spend more time on the trails to see the woodlands and the 85 ft waterfall at Corra Lin.
We returned to Edinburgh and Ms. Madden, Deanna, and I went to an Italian place for dinner called Matrone. It was good. After dinner we took a walk up to see Calton Hill which is one of the main hills in the city of Edinburgh. It's a little bit of a hike to get to the top but the panaromic views you get are amazing. There are several monuments located on top of the hill, several were under construction (Nelson's Monument). You can see all the way across to Authur's Seat. Another great day in Scotland!