The Outdoor Skill Share will be held at Talamh Housing Cooperative in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Talamh [pronounced 'talav' Gaelic for earth, land and soil] Housing Cooperative started in 1996 when a g roup of like minded friends bought the house and its remaining estate. Since then many different people have lived and worked there. They have fifty acres of land which includes wetlands, woodland and acid heath.

We’ll be in beautiful surroundings with lots to explore.We’ll also be situated amongst many opencast coal sites and just along the road from the old site of THWAC! (the Happendon Wood Action Camp) and the Mainshill Solidarity Camp which was evicted in January of 2010. For more information on both of these sites, South Lanarkshire and coal in general see here

Talamh has also hosted many events put on by outside groups and organisations. These include the Big Blether, The Festival of Dissent and Earth First!



How To Get There

It would be great if you could make your own way to Talamh – and there’s detailed info about local transport routes and links below. However, we will be providing a limited shuttle service from Lanark train station to Talamh on Friday and back again on the Monday (and maybe at other times if there’s demand).

Please let us know if you require this service what train you will be arriving on and we’ll do a couple of pick-ups when we can fill the minibus. Put ‘Transport’ in the subject line of your email to outdoorskillshare[at] or call us on 07806926040. The earliest the better.

There is a long distance cycle path running parallel to the M74 (Sustrans
N74) on the B7078. A colourful milepost by Coalburn Primary School
children sits on Talamh land.

Happenden Services, also called Cairn Lodge on the B7078, is a good drop
off point from the motorway. It is a 15 minute walk to Talamh (see map on
our website).

Bus services change regularly so check with travelinescotland on 0871 200
22 33 (10p/min BT landline). Our nearest stop is Cairnhouses (but very few
buses) then Coalburn (2 miles).
See Glasgow Bus Timetables

From Glasgow Central (lower level):
take the train to Hamilton, or take the X1 or 263 bus from Buchanan Street
bus station to Hamiliton bus station.

From Edinburgh:
take the train to Hamilton or limited bus service Citylink 904.

From Hamilton bus station take either:

* the 253 service which departs every half hour. Take this bus to the very
last stop, destination of Coalburn, and continue by foot along this road
for approx 2 miles. Talamh is the very last house on the right before the
road joins the dual carriageway.
* the X50 runs a very limited service Monday to Saturday. There is a bus
stop next to Talamh at Cairnhouses (between Lesmahagow and Rigside on the

There is a limited service X74 (also 974) from Glasgow to Lesmahagow (then
253 to Coalburn).

Service 9 runs from Lanark to Glespin. It’s a 30 min walk from Rigside
following signs to Coalburn.

Bus service 201 runs between Motherwell and Hamilton. Motherwell is the
nearest station for Intercity trains including Caledonian sleepers.

* From M74 either direction, leave when signed for Happendon/Cairn Lodge
Services. From slip road follow the local signs towards Coalburn (B7078).
When turning off the dual carriageway (B7078) Talamh is 100m on the left.

* From Lesmahagow (B7078) follow dual carriageway south for 3 miles. Turn
right at sign for Coalburn. Talamh is 100m on left.

* From the A70 follow local signs to Coalburn from the A70/B7078/M74
roundabout. When turning off the dual carriageway (B7078) Talamh is 100m
on the left.
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