Nestled on the eastern bank of the River Clyde as it meanders towards South Lanarkshire’s chocolate-box Clyde Valley, Bothwell and Uddingston are often referred to as a single entity. These compact towns in the wealthy Glasgow commuter belt stand just outside the city’s boundaries, with extensive red sandstone architecture and swathes of landscaping contributing to their distinctive appearance.
Bothwell and Uddingston jointly offer an extensive roster of amenities. Doctors, dentists, cafés and confectioners are liberally sprinkled among an impressive number of restaurants and wine bars. An assortment of boutique shops in both towns target the wealthy local population, with some of Scotland’s most expensive addresses found in the G71 postcode. Uddingston’s Tannochside district houses one of the country’s largest retail parks, while its high street is home to everything from a police station to a post office and a public park behind the iconic Tunnocks factory. Community spirit is strong here, from Bothwell’s annual Scarecrow Festival to the newly-launched Living in Uddingston community website.
Local schooling is another key attraction underpinning the appeal of both Bothwell and Uddingston, with acclaimed primary schools feeding into Uddingston Grammar’s modern riverside campus. Private schooling is a two-minute drive beyond Bothwell’s boundaries in neighbouring Hamilton, bookended by a university campus and a racecourse. Regular bus services travel to all these amenities from Uddingston and Bothwell, along a congestion-free dual-carriageway.
Uddingston stands in the crook of three different motorways – the M73, M74 and M8 – while Bothwell is located beside junction 5 of the M74. Ongoing roadworks that have plagued this area for three years are due to be completed imminently, with wider roads and superior junctions helping to channel traffic much more effectively than was previously the case. Uddingston also has a bustling train station that hosts direct services to Glasgow and Edinburgh – commuting to the capital is entirely feasible from here, with western Edinburgh’s industrial estates and residential suburbs approximately 40 minutes away by car.
Of course, life in such a well-provisioned location doesn’t come cheap. Bothwell is renowned for the grand modern villas populating its sprawling Castle Policies district, extending as far as Uddingston’s high-occupancy main street. Award-winning housing estates on the eastern side of Uddingston Cross have seen Bellshill Road reborn as a sought-after residential hotspot, and another collection of family and executive homes is taking shape beside a recently opened retail complex incorporating Marks & Spencer, Costa and Domino’s Pizza.
Given this area’s desirability, homes rarely join the market in Bothwell or Uddingston. The latter’s outlying estates like Calderbraes and Tannochside represent an opportunity for bargain hunters, with comparatively affordable pricing reflecting their greater distance from the numerous amenities Bothwell and Uddingston contain along their high streets.