The town of East Kilbride sits on the A726 as it navigates its slow circular sweep around the city of Glasgow, linking the towns of Hamilton and Motherwell to the east with the smaller settlements of Giffnock, Newton Mearns and Barrhead to the west. One major claim to fame ofr East Kilbride is that, two years after the end of the war in 1947, it was designated Scotland's first New Town. From East Kilbride it is easy to access the City of Glasgow itself, for which East Kilbride may indeed be said to be a suburb rather than an independent entity: a swift trip north will take you into the city centre after just 8 miles.
Landmarks and amenities in East Kilbride include the Dollan Aqua centre, a listed building. An urban myth which circulates around these baths states that they are 5cm short of the legislated length for an Olympic-size swimming pool. While the myth is untrue, it is stories like this which sometimes give a place more character and individuality than the mundane truth ever could. Residents of East Kilbride can also enjoy the National Museum of Rural Life and the nearby James Hamilton Heritage Park, complete with watersports facilities.