- 39 Millheugh, Larkhall ML9 1QU
- 15 New St, Stonehouse, Larkhall ML9 3LQ
- 20 Union St, Larkhall ML9 1DR
Located around 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Glasgow, Larkhall is a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The town of Seclin, in northern France, is its twin.
Larkhall is perched on a bluff overlooking the waterways to its east and west. Larkhall, a suburb of Glasgow, is located on the edge of the beautiful Clyde valley. In the United Kingdom Census of 2011, Larkhall had a population of 14,951, making it a fairly average former Scottish industrial town. Larkhall was once home to a thriving mining, weaving, and textile industry, but today only the Lanarkshire ironworks remains.
In 1620, the earliest written reference to Larkhall (sometimes spelled Laverock Ha) appeared in a diary. Although Laverock is the Scotch term for skylark, its origins remain a mystery. Yet, there’s zero proof that the town was named after the bird. More likely, Laverock was a surname. The original name for Larkhall was Laverockhaugh (Laverockha), a Scots term that meaning “skylark” (laverock) and “bog” (haugh) in combination.
The Morgan Glen viaduct, which spans the Avon Water, is one of the town’s most recognizable sights. Construction of the viaduct by Sir William Arrol & Co. lasted from 1898 through 1904 on behalf of the Caledonian Railway. It’s the tallest viaduct in Scotland, towering at 175 feet (53 m) in height and spanning approximately 285 yards (261 m). The viaduct has been closed to the public due to its dangerous state since the railway line was abandoned in 1965. The viaduct was almost destroyed in the 1990s, but a local preservation group saved it. This bridge is classified as a Category B structure. It has been added to Scotland’s list of potentially hazardous buildings.
Hotels in Larkhall
- Radstone hotel
Address: 3 Ayr Rd, Shawsburn, Larkhall ML9 2TZ, United Kingdom
- Old Schoolhouse Hotel
Address: Old School House, 59 Swinhill Rd, Larkhall ML9 2TX, United Kingdom