Rutherglen is a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, located just south-east of the city of Glasgow. It is 3 miles from the center of Glasgow and directly south of the River Clyde. The town has a long history, having been granted the status of Royal Burgh by King David I of Scotland in 1126. It has since been incorporated into the greater Glasgow conurbation and is now a suburb of the city. Rutherglen offers a variety of attractions, from its old Cathkin House at the top of the estate with its magnificent views of Rutherglen and Glasgow beyond, to its modern and attractive developments with gardens everywhere.
The town also has its own railway station, located in the city center, as well as a youth club, Universal Connections, and The Celsius stadium for the Rutherglen football club, Glencairn. The Burgh area of Rutherglen includes the former heart of the Royal Burgh and its surrounding area. It borders Burnside proper and includes several hillside streets with views of the Burgh and Glasgow. Stonelaw Woods is located on the town's northern edge and takes its name from the old Stonelaw Tower (a castle shape) that was once near Burnside and the Stonelaw area of Rutherglen.
There are also proposals for a Cathkin relief road to take Mill Street from Rutherglen and extend it through the park to connect with the Cathkin Ring Road. The author, Gary Brown, a native of Rutherglen, argued that being part of Glasgow would benefit the city through tourism. In addition to some commercial areas and large industrial estates, Rutherglen is mostly residential; it has deliberately been surrounded on the south by residential suburbs while all land in the north is dedicated to industry. Rutherglen would not have achieved this on its own and this is an example of how peripheral areas can benefit from being part of a larger conurbation.
The burn that crosses most of this side of Rutherglen is visible from a distance and ends in a small pond near the Bankhead estate. The Cuningar Circuit is an area south of the River Clyde, near Farme Cross in the Royal Burg.