About the area.
Douglas is located towards the Southern tip of the South Lanarkshire administrative authority, often referred to as Clydesdale, just to the North of the Southern Uplands and right at the juncture of the M74/ A70.
The area has a recorded population of 1,740 and, given its size and location, the village is well-catered for by various businesses and services. These include a local Primary School (secondary education is provided at Lanark Grammar School) and associated Youth Learning Service in the form of ‘Universal Connections’. The local community hospital, ‘Lady Home’, provides employment and valuable health care provision to the wider Clydesdale community and the Douglasdale Medical Practice is the local GP service.
The local Community Centre, St. Bride’s Centre, is provided by Douglas St. Bride’s Community Group. It is a unique facility in that it is community-owned and operated and incorporates a fitness suite.
Scottish Fire and Rescue have a base at Douglas which is operated on a retained basis. Most firefighters live nearby and are recruited from within the local community. As well as providing a much needed safety service for the local population they often play a key role in responding to incidents on the busy arterial M74 route.
St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association operates from a base at Glebe Industrial Estate with several employees living locally. Douglas lends itself as a base for such services given its location in relation to the M74 and A70. It also bridges the gap between many smaller hamlets and settlements to the South of the administrative boundary and the General Hospital at Wishaw.
The great outdoors.
One of the valley’s greatest assets is its network of green spaces, paths, forest trails and landscape. These can be explored on foot or bike, or even on horseback.
The Inside Out Douglas App contains plotted trails which are generally kept in good condition and considered to be safe for outdoor pursuits.