3 December 2019/ Area guides

Commercial Property Area Guide: South Lanarkshire – Scotland

Commercial properties to rent in South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire is one of Scotland’s 32 unitary authorities. It stretches from the south of Glasgow down to Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. A number of Glasgow’s suburbs are in the authority, along with charming towns and villages in rural areas. The unitary authority is headquartered in Hamilton, which is a historic town in the north of the area.

As you would expect in Scotland, the area is home to a number of castles; including Bothwel, Craignethan and Cadzow. Residents can look forward to walks around waterfalls, country parks and nature reserves. These attractions make it a family-friendly place to live, and businesses like hair salons, shops and cafes could appeal to this audience.

Businesses in the region also benefit from close proximity to Glasgow and the M74 motorway, which runs right through the centre of the area. That is, no doubt, why it has become a key area for Scottish food and drink producers because it enables them to transport their goods across the UK.

Travel and transport in South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire is well connected with Glasgow and EdinburghScotRail runs services across the area, connecting South Lanarkshire towns and villages to Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are stations in Hamilton, Carstairs, Larkhall, Carluke and more. Most of the routes are in the Glasgow suburbs, making it easy to get into the city. A few places further out, like Leadhill and Lanark, also have stations.

There are lots of bus services across South Lanarkshire Many of these services are run by FirstBus, which offers easy and cost-effective travel options using the app. You can pay as little as £3.20 for a day ticket that lets you travel on several routes throughout the day. It costs £4.60 if you want to travel around Glasgow for a day.

The M74 runs through South LanarkshireThis handy motorway connects residents and business between Glasgow and the M6. It links to the A71, A70 and A702, which makes it easy to reach Edinburgh in the east and Glasgow to the north. The M74 itself is a major connection for reaching cities in England, such as Carlisle and Manchester.

Offices to rent in South Lanarkshire

Retail units to rent in South Lanarkshire

Where to eat in South Lanarkshire

Boh Cucina



The Bombay Cottage

New Lanark Mill Hotel

Discover more great places to eat in South Lanarkshire

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Where can I go for coffee in South Lanarkshire?


Mibbies Aye

The Scrib Tree

The Oven at Overton Farm

The Mad Batter Bakery & Coffee Shop

There are lots of places for coffee in South Lanarkshire – take a look.

South Lanarkshire has a number of useful facilities

There are over 20 gyms and fitness centres in the area, including PureGym, The Gym, David Lloyds, Xercise4Less and more.

Find more places to exercise here.

Banks and Post Offices you’ll find in South LanarkshireThere are more than 30 banks in South Lanarkshire, including the well-known ones below:

  • 8 TSB
  • 6 Bank of Scotland
  • 5 RBS
  • 3 Clydesdale Bank
  • 3 Nationwide Building Society
  • 2 Santander

More than 30 Post Offices are dotted across South Lanarkshire. You will find them in Rutherglen, Hamilton, East Kilbride, Lanark, Symington, Douglas and a number of villages in between.

South Lanarkshire has several supermarkets and shopping centresCovering a large area, South Lanarkshire has several supermarkets in the main towns and bigger villages. Here are some of the well-known names:

  • 7 Tesco
  • 8 Lidl
  • 5 Morrisons
  • 3 Asda
  • 3 Aldi
  • 2 Sainsbury’s

If you’re based in South Lanarkshire, you’ll have the option of three large shopping centres in which to base your business or even just pick up essentials. EK East Kilbride is a significant retail centre, with over 180 brands, places to eat and a cinema to keep you entertained. You’ll find all the big names here, including M&S, Zara, Boots, Clarks, H&M, Sports Direct and Topshop.

Over in Hamilton is the Regent Shopping Centre. This town-centre location is home to the likes of New Look, M&S, Holland & Barrett, Trespass, Wilko, Clark and Boots. Just across the road is the New Cross Centre, which showcases lesser-known brands alongside Poundland, Savers and Greggs.

Retail properties to let in South Lanarkshire

Commercial real estate agents operating in the area

Whyte & Barrie

DM Hall

Gerald Eve

Graham & Sibbald

J&E Shepherd


Realla has a range of commercial properties to rent in South Lanarkshire – here’s a selection

34-36 Common Green

Palace Grounds Rd

Storage & Distribution Facility

Waverley House

198-200 Riverside Road

2 Cadzow St

Commercial properties to let in South Lanarkshire

Offices to let in South Lanarkshire

Shops to let in South Lanarkshire

Industrial units to let in South Lanarkshire

Here are a few of the businesses based in South Lanarkshire


Robert Wiseman

Border Biscuits


Offices in South Lanarkshire

Princes Gate

Waverley House

83-89 Cadzow St

Interesting facts about South Lanarkshire

It is home to a world heritage site – the New Lanark Mills. This beautifully preserved 18th-century mill village provides a glimpse into what life was once like for people living along the River Clyde.

The Hamilton Mausoleum creates the longest echo in the world thanks to its 36m high dome.

Tinto Hill, just to the west of Symington, is the highest point in central Scotland. The cairn at the top is the largest in Scotland and it dates back to the Bronze Age.

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