FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Wiston Lodge by public transport

From Glasgow: Train from Glasgow Central Station to Lanark, then bus service Irvine 30 to Wiston village road end.

From Edinburgh: Stagecoach service 100 from Edinburgh Bus Station

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How do I get to Wiston Lodge by car?

From Edinburgh (36 miles - One hour) take the A702 through Biggar. After a half mile turn right onto the A72. Follow the A72 through Symington village and take the next left at the T junction onto the A73. Proceed for about 4 miles, turn right to Wiston after the double bend and just before the bridge. Wiston Lodge is through the village on the right-hand side of the road next to the school.

From Glasgow (40 miles - One hour) take the M74 to exit 11 (Happendon Services), then follow the A70 towards Edinburgh through Rigside village. Turn right at the top of the hill towards Wiston on the B7055. Wiston Lodge is 5 miles down the road on the left-hand side beside the school.

From the South Take the M74 North to exit 13 (Abington Services) then take the A702 (Biggar/Edinburgh) straight on the A73 towards Lanark (do not take the right turn towards Biggar/Edinburgh). Continue on until reaching Wiston. Turn left and proceed through the village. Wiston Lodge is on the right beside the school.

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What is the food like?

At Wiston Lodge, we pride ourselves on providing delicious, homemade food that delights all our guests. Our cooks are well versed in preparing meals for groups or individuals with special dietary requirements - from sausages and chips through to a full vegan banquet, provided notice is given to order special foodstuffs. Mealtimes can be arranged to fit in with a group’s timetable, however where more than one group is staying, a compromise may be necessary.

Tea- and coffee-making facilities are freely available in both the timber cabins and the main house.

Tell me about the location

Wiston Lodge is situated in 52 acres of woodland, in the small village of Wiston in rural South Lanarkshire.

The estate has a number of paths, a campsite and garden. There are two streams running through the grounds, and a canoeing pond is currently under construction. Paths can be very muddy, so wellies are advised if you plan to go for a walk!

Wiston village has no shops and limited public transport. This allows our guests to really focus on achieving their objectives, with none of the distractions a more urban location might provide. We always advise guests to come well-stocked with the luxuries in life (sweeties etc) as opportuntites to re-supply here are infrequent.

What are the rooms like?

We have nine bedrooms in the main house, and three timber cabins with another six bedrooms. All bedding is provided, with extra blankets for those who need them.

In the main house, the bedrooms are a mixture of dormitory and family rooms, sleeping between three and nine people. Even some of our adult visitors will race to get a top bunk! Three of the rooms are en-suite, and all of the rooms on the first floor have wonderful views out over the grounds.

The timber cabins are very cosy, with double-glazing and electric heaters. The beds are a mixture of singles and bunk beds, and the cabins face towards the main house, with great views of the surrounding hills.

What should I bring?

Wiston Lodge is an old Victorian building, and can be drafty in colder weather, so warm clothes are always a good idea.

Warm clothes and sturdy footwear are essential if you are taking part in any outdoor activities.

If you are taking any medication, please make sure you bring sufficient quantities for your visit. Please also note that Wiston Lodge staff are unable to provide painkillers of any sort, due to allergy risks.

Group Leaders: You can now download our Activities Consent Form and Guide for Leaders on the Booking page! The Guide for Leaders contain many useful suggestions on getting the most out of your visit to Wiston Lodge.

How do I make a booking or get more info?

We have attempted to make the booking process as simple and straightforward as possible. You can visit our Booking page and make an enquiry now.

If there is anything you are unsure of our staff are always happy to discuss any enquiry or aspect of your visit, so please get in touch!

What are the costs?

Please see the Price List on our Booking page.

If you have any questions our staff are available to discuss and explain any of the pricing options available to you, just get in touch!

Tell me about Wiston Lodge's safety standards

Wiston Lodge is committed to meeting the highest standards of safety in all of our work.

All staff have Enhanced Disclosures from Disclosure Scotland and hold First Aid qualifications. Staff working with groups have experience with a wide range of clients, including youths with behaviourial issues.

We hold a Fire Safety Certificate and Public Liability Insurance.

All kitchen staff have Food Hygiene certificates, and we have experience of catering for many food allergies and intolerances.

All of our activities are inspected to Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) standards, and we hold a current AALA certificate.

Tourist information

Wiston is a small village which most famously has played host to the Tinto Folk Music Festival, situated in the upper Clyde Valley with the nearest towns of Lanark and Biggar. The surrounding countryside with its rolling hills is dominated by Tinto hill or “hill of fire” used for Druidic festivals which has a Bronze Age burial cairn on the 2320 ft summit.

The nearby town of Biggar supports seven museums and a variety of shops whilst Lanark contains the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, a centre of social industrial innovation, containing amongst other things the “Institute for the Formation of Character”. The River Clyde runs through the valley, a great favourite with fishermen, which passes by numerous Roman and Celtic sites of interest.

For more information on the area contact South Lanarkshire Tourist Board on 01864 502346, or their office in Biggar 01899 221066 or Lanark 01555 661661.