Having started life as one of Scotland's first designated New Towns, built to ease Glasgow's over population, East Kilbride has blossomed into one of the country's must-visit destinations. Home to the largest modern shopping centre in Scotland, alongside sprawling open spaces and picturesque cobbled streets brimming with rural charm, East Kilbride is the epitome of modern Scotland - and quite rightly takes its place as the social and cultural heartbeat of South Lanarkshire.
First things first, get ready to shop. Make your way to the sprawling EK Centre, home to miles of malls lined with almost two-hundred retailers. All the high-street favourites are here, from Ann Summers to Zara, all under one roof. The centre also boasts a cinema and ice rink, as well as an array of restaurants, from fast food to fine dining, to satisfy any appetite.
If you prefer a more traditional spot of retail therapy, the East Kilbride Village, a five-minute walk from the station, is home to winding cobbled streets and a sprinkling of speciality shops and independent boutiques.
There's much more to East Kilbride than just shopping, of course, and for anyone looking for a more rural retreat, the National Museum of Rural Life is just the ticket. The award-winning one-hundred-and-seventy-acre museum lets you take in the sights and sounds of a real working 1950s farm - complete with Aberdeen Angus cattle.
Feeling adventurous? Then head for the James Hamilton Heritage Park in the north of the town for a spot of watersports in the sixteen-acre loch and try your hand at everything from canoeing to windsurfing, just remember to bring a towel!