Braidwood, South Lanarkshire

Coordinates: 55°42′38″N 3°50′44″W / 55.710607°N 3.845609°W / 55.710607; -3.845609
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Braidwood is located in South Lanarkshire
Location within South Lanarkshire
Population590 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLANARK
Postcode districtML11
Dialling code01555
UK Parliament
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55°42′38″N 3°50′44″W / 55.710607°N 3.845609°W / 55.710607; -3.845609

Braidwood is a small village near Carluke, in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The medieval barony of Braidwood included the Tower of Hallbar.[2]

Braidwood House, former seat of Lord Clydesmuir, is one of the major local landmarks. Over the years it has been a home for sufferers of cerebral palsy run by Capability Scotland and is now home to the South of Scotland offices of the Forestry Commission. Braidwood House was also briefly home to the Airborne Initiative, formerly of Glengonnar outside Abington, who specialised in outward-bound style training for young offenders. However the programme's funding was subsequently withdrawn by the Scottish Executive in 2004, after the airing of a controversial BBC Scotland documentary Chancers.[3][4][5] The building has now fallen into disrepair, but there is still a small animal cemetery in the overgrown house grounds.

Many houses have been built in Braidwood in the past couple of years, primarily on the former sites of the vehicle dismantlers of Alan Gray at Nellfield. The "Nellfield Garage" petrol station is still functioning along with a shop.


The village has one primary school which is a feeder to Carluke High School, the school educates some pupils from the village and mostly incomers from Carluke. The architecture of the old school building is noteworthy as it was in the shape of an alien spacecraft. This building was rebuilt to create a larger school in 2014.


The village itself is situated in the Clyde Valley, around 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) from the river Clyde. For a small village it has a good variety of signposted woodland footpaths in the valley, with unusual names such as Fiddler's Gill, and an attractive village duck pond, much used for picnics.

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  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Braidwood: Overview". Gazetteer for Scotland.
  3. ^ Anger at 'war on neds' BBC series, Stephen Khan, The Guardian, 28 September 2003
  4. ^ 'Boot camp' closure attacked, BBC News, 15 February 2004
  5. ^ Emotional end for Airborne offenders' project, The Scotsman, 29 July 2004

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