Located in South Lanarkshire, Strathaven is a lovely historic market town lying in the Avon valley and surrounded by prime farmland. The small town is particularly picturesque with a conservation area in the centre, adding to the countryside feel of the town. With a fantastic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as excellent schools and a great variety of property to choose from, this pretty town is a fantastic place to live in the west of Scotland.
Strathaven was awarded burgh status over 500 years ago. The name Strathaven originates from the Celtic words Strath (valley) and Avon (river or stream), and the town sits on the banks of the Powmillion Burn. A stone castle was built to protect the town in the 1300s but was destroyed, and the present castle was built in 1458 by Sir Andrew Steward, 1st Lord of Avondale and his son the Duke of Albany, which is why it is sometimes called the Avondale Castle.
The town was known for weaving and brewing, and the Industrial Revolution passed the town by as it had no significant mineral deposits. In the 20th century, the town produced knitwear rayon products and farm machinery. In 2002 Strathaven became one of the first Fair Trade towns in Scotland, along with Aberfeldy.
What kind of housing is available?
There are several detached houses and bungalows with three or more bedrooms, perfect for families, but there are also smaller flats and cottages available as well, better suited to couples or individuals who would like to reside in a pretty and historic town.
Strathaven is conveniently located about 25 miles from Glasgow, meaning it’s just a 40-minute drive to the city centre. There are also several buses running from Strathaven to nearby towns, where you can access buses and trains to Glasgow.
Activities and events
Strathaven Castle, sometimes known as Avondale Castle is a ruined castle lying to the south of the town on the A71. It’s publicly accessible, and the ruin and mound is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. There has been a castle on the site from the 13th century, and according to local legend the site is haunted by a ghost called the White Lady, making for a great (and spooky!) family day out.
Strathaven Park offers a range of fun, family-friendly activities, with bowling and putting greens, play areas, paddling pools, a boating pond and tennis courts. It’s also the location for Scotland’s only Hot Air Balloon Festival – the festival is held annually in August and attracts over 20,000 people over the weekend. This year, the festival is on from the 25th–26th August, and will combine the event with family fun days to ensure the little ones are entertained as well.
Eating, drinking and shopping
Strathaven features a fantastic number of cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. If you like dinner with a view, make sure to try The Waterside, a family-run restaurant with a range of Scottish and international dishes on offers, as well as picturesque views onto Allison Greene and Powmillion Burn. For a more casual bite-to-eat or afternoon tea, The Cat’s Whiskers is a licensed café with Scottish themed produce. For great coffee, head to Roasted, an Artisan coffee and sandwich shop.
There are also some great bars and pubs – The Strathaven, Bucks Head Hotel and The Weavers Bar are perfect places to grab a few casual or post-work drinks. Plus, those who enjoy shopping are catered for with some lovely independent craft and gift shops in the town.
Famous for: Strathaven Castle, Scotland’s only hot air balloon festival
House types: Spacious bungalows and detached houses
Transport Links: Bus links to nearby towns, good motorway access
Address to impress: Giffen Place, Glasgow Road, Golf View
3 Giffen Place, ML10 6HE
Offers over £315,000
GSPC ref: G245953
Marketed by Gebbie and Wilson
This stunning detached house with four bedroom and four public rooms is located in one of Strathaven’s most highly sought-after areas and is definitely not one to miss. Offering exceptionally well-appointed and versatile accommodation, some of the highlights of this property include a bright front-facing lounge with a bay window, a recently re-fitted open-plan kitchen and dining room and a superb master bedroom with an en suite shower room. The property also offers a front-facing sitting room, a lovely garden and a recently re-fitted family bathroom, as well as three other double bedrooms with fitted storage.
10 Golf View, ML10 6AZ
Offers over £375,000
GSPC ref: G246382
Marketed by Gebbie and Wilson
Offering enviable views over Strathaven Golf Course, this detached bungalow is located in a highly-desirable and exclusive cul-de-sac. The property features versatile accommodation. An attractive porch leads into the beautiful hallway, which features four large cupboards. A lovely formal lounge area offers stunning views, and both the dining room and kitchen feature French doors which lead into the conservatory. Two well-proportioned bedrooms are located on the ground floor, one of which has an en suite shower room, and the fantastic master bedroom is located on the upper floor, complete with a recently re-fitted en suite bathroom. There is also a family bathroom on the ground floor.
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