Updated on the 10th of May 2021

Anyone who knows me will know that I love the outdoors, I love exploring and finding places to walk and to take photographs. I’m always on the lookout for new places to explore and capture and I am happy to share my knowledge with others in the hope they can benefit from it too. So, that’s what this post is all about, I’ve put together a list of some places that I’ve enjoyed going to for my photography however there are a few places that I have not yet visited. I have researched these sites and they’ve been added to my list of locations to visit as I’m confident they offer great local opportunities. I have listed all of the locations on the Google map below, clicking on the location will give you some information about the site. I have split the map into photo locations and walks so it’s easier to select which one you want, you can filter the options by clicking the square symbol with the arrow on the top left of the map.

If anyone reading this wishes to contribute to the list please feel free to drop a comment. However please leave a description and Google Maps coordinates so it’s easy for others to find.

Lastly I would like to ask anyone who visits any of these sites that you show respect and please do not enter the buildings as some are in a bad way and can be dangerous. Also some are privately owned like Cambusnethan and Eastend and their owners do not want anyone entering the buildings.
If you wish to get in contact regarding anything within this post on please feel free to email me at questions@viewthroughthelens.co.uk

Well I hope after reading this you find somewhere worth exploring and photographing. If you do please feel free to let me know how it went, would you recommend the sites I’ve chosen? If you want to link any pictures you’ve taken into the comments then please do.

Thanks very much for reading, hope you find something of interest.

Below you will find some websites that I find are a great help when I’m looking for places to visit. I’ve mentioned a few times about looking at old maps before heading to some of these sites so you can get an idea of what once was there and what may still be. I would normally look up pictures on Instagram and Flickr as well as a Google search. It helps you give you an idea of what you may want to capture.

For old maps I use the National Library of Scotland, it’s free and has extensive coverage and the maps can be overlaid. http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=5&lat=56.0000&lon=-4.0000&layers=1

I also get a lot of ideas from a Facebook groups I am part of. The main ones are “Lost Houses of Clyde Valley”. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1475717922681828/ and “Castles, Mansions and Historic Houses of Scotland”. https://www.facebook.com/groups/642086055910658/permalink/803741759745086/

There is also the excellent “Blantyre Project”. http://www.blantyreproject.com/


  1. Kathleen Weetman says:

    Paul .You will know by now that the Douglas support is in talks to buy-out the estate to keep it for the future. Also that Woodhall Faskine and Palacecraig are threatened with a huge development of 3000 plus houses and 50 plus commercial units . We are working hard to save it for the locals and visitors alike as it is Greenbelt in the Local plan. Photographers are down there most days. What a loss these two areas of our site above and Douglas support will be if we fail to save them.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Paul says:

      I agree Kathleen. I am aware of the situation and it both breaks my heart and makes my blood boil to think of losing both of these areas. I have have signed any petition I’m aware of and I have written to the council regarding our green space.


  2. Peter Quinn says:

    Thank you for sharing your favourite places and for all the research carried out. I will certainly check out some of these locations.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Paul says:

      My pleasure Peter. I am so passionate about both history and photography and I love to put both together. For a long time I struggled to find places to go and over the last couple of years I’ve had more and more people speak to me on Instagram and Flickr asking where places are. So, I put this together however it’s only the tip of an ever growing iceberg. It’s a bit of a miss match at the moment but hopefully it can be of some help to others. Thanks for your comment.


      1. Anonymous says:

        Your welcome, Paul.


  3. restlessjo says:

    I don’t know Lanarkshire at all and I’m sure there are some great ideas here. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Paul says:

      And many more to be had, many more.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Anabel Marsh says:

    Brilliant post, Paul, and definitely one I’ll be saving for future reference. I’ve been to a few of these places, but mostly not.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Paul says:

      Thanks very much Anabel. If you need any information about any of the sites mentioned then let me know, I’ll be happy to help.

      Liked by 1 person

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