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Calderwood Glen

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Calderwood Glen waterfall, The Black Linn, c. 1904
Calderwood Glen waterfall
© Christopher Ladds

Calderwood Glen lay in the valley of Calderglen, east of East Kilbride, and was famed during the early 1900s when it was opened to the public, and described as "the loveliest of western glens"

On the eastern border of the town of East Kilbride in South Lanarkshire is the river gorge of the Rotten Calder Water. This valley is known as Calderglen with the popular attraction of Calderglen Country Park at it's southern tip. The park is composed of the two former country estates of Torrance and Calderwood. The Calderwood name passed onto the modern precinct of East Kilbride. The Calderwood end of the glen was known in the past as Calderwood Glen and was considered the most romantically beautiful inland location in the west of Scotland. It was described as "the loveliest of western glens" and was famed all over Scotland in the early 1900s when it was opened to the public. The scene was remarkable, representing a valley of impossible beauty.

Due to World War I, the estate eventually closed and was forgotten about and the vegetation became so thick that all the magnificent viewpoints were covered from view and the beautiful attractions became hidden. These included a hermitage, fairy well, many summer houses, over 130 nature trails, about 20 footbridges, countless beauty spots and vantage points, three large waterfalls and over 15 small cascading waterfalls. There were also stables, a mausoleum, a horse mausoleum, lodges, an artificial pool with a triple spout fountain, a grotto, cave, ancient pagan markings, overhanging cliffs dripping with ivy, beautiful crags, deep shady nooks, many walls, meadows, springs, many sets of steps, old yews, old oaks, wells, the mansion of Calderwood Castle and the folly of Craigneith Castle.

While Calderwood Castle was demolished and lost by 1951, Craigneith Castle still exists as a ruin today, and most people do not realise this fact.

- Christopher Ladds



  • Sourced from the archives of Christopher Ladds, local historian

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