Cleland is one of a group of villages and small towns that enjoy easy access into Glasgow from outside the city. The starting point for a new home here is in an independent community-sized rural setting, providing a balance to big city life. In common with its neighbours, Cleland has a down-to-earth mining heritage and history, and today it’s a base for commuters heading into Motherwell, Wishaw, and Glasgow itself. Though twice the distance, it’s just as easy to get to Edinburgh, with the Junction 8 of the M8 just a short distance to the north at Newhouse.
Glasgow is about 17 miles away and Edinburgh about 35 miles away, making Cleland a good starting point for both cities. The village is just off the A73 which heads north to join the M8, and south to the town of Carluke. The A71 through Newmains, a short distance south of Cleland, is the cross-country link to the M74, or in the opposite direction all the way to the outskirts of Edinburgh. The M8 and the A71 join the City of Edinburgh Bypass just a few miles apart from each other. Trains from Cleland into Glasgow take 30 minutes, and to Edinburgh, an hour, and local bus routes include Glasgow, Wishaw, and Motherwell. Glasgow Airport is just over 25 miles away, and Edinburgh Airport is only a little further, 28 miles away, so you’ve got both options depending on your destination.
Local services and shops include Londis and Scotmid convenience stores, a good local butcher, Post Office, pharmacy, and a number of takeaways. There’s a library, and two primary schools, St Mary’s, and Cleland Primary. For older children, the local schools are Taylor High School in New Stevenston, Motherwell, and Coltness High School near Wishaw. For golfers there’s the Dalziel Park Golf Club and the Wishaw Golf Club, and a little further away the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility is a world-class sports centre where all ages and all levels of skill are welcome. The Strathclyde Country Park, 5 miles away, covers nearly 1,000 acres of countryside, with family activities, adventure playgrounds, a water sports centre, and much more.
As it’s much closer, you’ll be drawn to Glasgow rather than to Edinburgh. This great city will give you all you need for shopping, art, culture, history, eating out and nightlife. You can get there by train or bus if you prefer not to drive in, and once there, the heart of Scotland’s second largest city will keep you on the go all day.