The city of Airdrie is in North Lanarkshire, and you will also find Motherwell, Cumbernauld, Coatbridge and Bellshill. Churches are abundant across this area and include Roman Catholic, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Church of Scotland, Parish Church, Church of Christ and the Sacred Heart Church. As for eating out, expect to see a variety of restaurants such as Asian, Italian, Indian, Seafood and Artisan styles.
Sitting on a plateau, Airdrie is only minutes away from Glasgow. Sports are favored in Airdrie and include football, motor sport, sailing, skateboarding, rollerblading, tennis, swimming, golf, bowling and angling. The Hillend Loch is a top trout fishing destination and home to the Airdrie and District Angling Club. Monklands Sporting Car Club is found at Forrestvurn Hillclimb and you can enjoy skateboarding or rollerblading at the Airdrie Skatepark and BMX Track found at the Airdrie Leisure Centre.
For the science-minded look to the Airdrie Public Observatory that is complete with a Cooke telescope and the Black Hill transmitting Station which happens to be the tallest structure of Scotland. A special historical attraction is the WWII Anti-aircraft Battery Number N12.
Motherwell is home to Terex, a maker of heavy equipment and the William Grant and Sons distillers. The Strathclyde 'N' Police division and the North Lanarkshire Council employ at least 59,000 persons in the cities of Motherwell and Wishaw within the northern section of the County of Lanark. In Motherwell the Heritage Centre provides its guests with a railways exhibition and crafting activities for a small fee, the railways exhibit is free. The Motherwell Theatre holds concerts and more.
Find additional fun at Strathclyde Country Park during the Hungama Festival. Hotels in Motherwell include the Moorings Hotel which is actually an old house that was built in the eighteen hundreds that has been made into a hotel, the hotel somewhat resembles a castle. The Dakota Hotel is a modern upbeat hotel in the Eurocentral Business Park. Dalziel Park Hotel and Conference Centre is placed at the city's outskirts with a boutique style and home to the Wide Mouth Frog restaurant.
Cumbernauld means, in Gaelic, the "meeting of the streams" which would in this case reference the River Clyde and the River Forth. The Antonine Wall is found in the midst of one of the town's outer settlements, it is this Wall that formed the northern boundary of the ancient Roman Empire. This wall was built from 142 AD until 154 AD by orders from Antoninus Pius. Cumbernauld was known for its Scottish ox and the area was frequented by Royal hunters. The Cumbernauld Park is actually the grounds of the Old Cumbernauld Castle. Electronics, high-tech, chemical processors and food processors have provided jobs for the population of this town. This town was designed as a 'new town' under a master plan that segregates pedestrians from traffic with underpasses and footbridges, also, homes are built to surround a hilltop town center.
Coatbridge belongs to the Greater Glasgow Urban Area. Coatbridge is known to have a high percentage of its population coming from Irish descent. Coatbridge is home to a discovery of Bronze Age stone coffins, urns and relics. The coffins were found on the Drumpellier estate and an ancient dwelling is found at Drumpellier Country Park where visitors can see the ruins in the loch when the water is low. For family entertainment be sure to see the Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge when you visit. In addition to exhibits you can embark on the North Calder Heritage Trail which is a cycling and walking route. Shopping adventures are waiting at the Mackinnon Mills, a factory outlet store found conveniently on the M8.
Many popular bands come from Bellshill, BMX Bandits. Soup Dragons and Mogwai are some of these. Bellshill is considered to be the indie-rock 'hot spot' of Scotland. Many people have been born in Bellshill as it was the location of the Lanarkshire Maternity Hospital. Some of the famous people include De Rosa, Sheena Easton, James Dempsey, Peter Grant, Sir Matt Busby, Brian Irvine and Scott Harrison.
The Hilton Strathclyde Hotel is in Bellshill as is the Premier Inn Bellshill, the latter considered as being a budget hotel. The Clyde Walkway Walking and Cycling Route gives you a way of enjoying a leisurely stroll on foot or your bicycle around the area.