Scottish Gaelic: An Càrn Fionn

Bell Quadrant Shopping Centre, Carfin
 Carfin shown within North Lanarkshire
Area  4.42 km2 (1.71 sq mi)
Population 1,048 (2001 census)
    density  237/km2 (610/sq mi)
OS grid referenceNS769581
Council areaNorth Lanarkshire
Lieutenancy areaLanarkshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town Motherwell
Postcode district ML1
Dialling code 01698
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK ParliamentMotherwell and Wishaw
Scottish ParliamentUddingston and Bellshill
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Coordinates: 55°48′03″N 3°57′53″W / 55.800866°N 3.964831°W / 55.800866; -3.964831

Carfin (Scottish Gaelic: An Càrn Fionn, meaning the White Cairn) is a small suburb to the north-east of Motherwell, Scotland on the road to Newarthill.

Local facilities

The closest secondary school is Taylor High School in nearby New Stevenston. Since this is a Roman Catholic school, the nearest nondenominational secondary school is Brannock High School in Newarthill.

Carfin has strong Irish Catholic links, this is present in Carfin Grotto a famous pilgrimage place, with extensive gardens and a visitors centre/cafe. This was built in the early 1920s, when parish priest, Canon Thomas Nimmo Taylor engaged the unemployed miners of the village to build a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes, allowing people in Scotland to worship the Blessed Virgin without having to travel to France to do so. There are many places of worship in Carfin. A church hall is present and a small mosque for Muslims, which in 2006 was moved to a bigger Mosque near Mossend, Bellshill. A community church met in the community centre but due to an increase in attendance has moved to a larger community centre in Craigneuk, Wishaw.

The nearest public house is the Hibernian Social and Recreation Club (The Hibs Club) 200 metres away to the Newarthill side. Half a mile in the opposite direction is the Carfin Vaults.

The Bell Quadrant is the main shopping area in Carfin. It contains several famous retailers such as Greggs, Farmfoods, Betfred and a Tesco Express. Opposite this site is a Lidl store.

The outskirts of Carfin do offer some interest, with a private golf club/rugby fields/driving range complex situated between Carfin and Holytown. Carfin is also next-door to the new settlement of Ravenscraig, currently under construction.

Carfin doesn't have many sports facilities of note, with nearby Brannock and Taylor High Schools containing both football pitches and athletics tracks. The nearest sports facility is the large Ravenscraig Sports Centre.

The golf course, named after Sam Torrance (Torrance Park), was funded by former Rangers chairman David Murray. It has never been finished.

At the 2001 census, Carfin had a population of 1,048 residents.[1]


Carfin railway station provides the hub for transport to Glasgow, with the local bus stops providing easy access to Motherwell and surrounding towns. These services operate a restricted timetable on Sundays. The station lies on the boundary of Carfin and Newarthill.


  1. "Scotland's Census Results Online - Carfin". Archived from the original on 2003-04-05. Retrieved 2012-07-09..
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