25 attractions you should visit in Renfrewshire - With photos & details

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Top 25 attractions to explore in Renfrewshire

Located in the west central Lowlands, it is one of three council areas contained within the boundaries of the historic county of Renfrewshire, the others being East Renfrewshire to the east and Inverclyde to the west. It also shares borders with Glasgow, North Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire, and lies on the southern bank of the River Clyde.

Barr CastleLochwinnoch PA12 4JB, UK
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Barr Castle is located near the village of Lochwinnoch. The castle was a four storey tower house, with the main hall was on the first floor, accessed via a turnpike stair. The chambers were in the upper floors. The castle is now in ruins, and the gable ends of the castle have collapsed. There is little remaining of the courtyard.

Barshaw Park176A Glasgow Rd, Paisley PA1 3LT, UK
Parks

Barshaw Park is the biggest of the formal parks in Paisley. Facilities include a pond used by model boat enthusiasts, an outdoor gym, children’s play areas, BMX park, crazy golf and putting, peaceful walled gardens,  café, fantastic miniature railway (seasonal), and its very own golf course.

Castle SempleCastle Semple, Lochwinnoch PA12 4HJ, UK
Iconic Buildings

Castle Semple is a former mansion house located in Renfrewshire, Scotland. It is situated near the eastern end of Castle Semple Loch, within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

Castle Semple Collegiate ChurchUnnamed Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4HJ, UK
Churches

Castle Semple Collegiate Church is located in Renfrewshire, Scotland. It is situated near the eastern end of Castle Semple Loch, within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, and 2 miles west of Howwood on the B787, then on to the B776. The late Gothic church is under the protection of Historic Environment Scotland as a Scheduled monument.

Castle Semple LochCastle Semple Loch, Lochwinnoch PA12, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Outdoors- Other

Castle Semple Loch is a 1.5-mile-long inland freshwater loch at Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Originally part of an estate of the same name, it is now administered by Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park as a watersports centre. An RSPB bird sanctuary is located on the loch's southern shore. The ruins of the early mediaeval Peel Tower stand on the southern shore of the loch at Air Meadow, inaccessible except by boat.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional ParkWemyss Bay, Largs PA19 1BE, UK
Outdoors- Other

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park is the collective name for areas of countryside set aside for conservation and recreation on the South Clyde estuary in Scotland.  The park covers an area of 280 km2 of Inverclyde, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, stretching from Greenock in the north, down the coast to Largs and West Kilbride and inland to Dalry and Lochwinnoch.  It consists of Castle Semple Loch and Collegiate Church, The Greenock Cut Centre, Muirshiel Country Park, Barnbrock Farm, Lunderston Bay,

Clyde View ParkRenfrew PA4, UK
Parks

Clyde View Park is the first new park to be built in the West of Scotland for many years. Featuring fountains, paths, cycleways, play areas, picnic areas, artwork, green space and a riverside walkway, it has been designed to encourage natural wildlife, and flora and fauna. Its name was chosen following a competition for local residents.

Coats Observatory49 Oakshaw St W, Paisley PA1 2DE, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Coats Observatory is Scotland's oldest public observatory. It is currently closed for refurbishment as part of a 4-year long £42m transformation of the observatory and museum buildings. Located in Oakshaw Street West, Paisley, Renfrewshire, the observatory has been operational since 1 October 1883 and continues to function to this day, offering visitors the opportunity to view the night sky through the powerful telescopes housed within the building. The observatory is currently closed for redeve

Formakin HouseBishopton PA7 5NX, UK
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Formakin House, known locally as the Monkey House, was built in the early twentieth century by John Augustus Holms.  The house is protected as a category A listed building, and other structures including the arched entrance gateway and bothy are category B listed. The grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens.

Fountain Gardens, PaisleyLove St, Paisley PA3 2DZ, UK
Fountains
Botanical Gardens

Fountain Gardens is Paisley’s oldest public park. It consists of a grand geometric layout with broad walkways, all of which lead to the Grand Fountain – an ornate cast-iron fountain at the centre of the park which contains statues of herons, dolphins and walruses. The A listed fountain consists of dolphins, herons, cherubs and walruses. George Smith and Company of the Sun Foundry in Glasgow constructed the fountain. Stained-glass artist and designer Daniel Cottier was enlisted to paint and colou

Gleniffer Braes Country ParkGlenfield Rd, Paisley PA2 8TE, UK
Outdoors- Other

Gleniffer Braes is an upland park of moorland with woods and hill farming areas. Attractions include the wildlife and waymarked trails. The Glen Nature Trail and Guided Walks programme introduces visitors to the interesting wildlife. The area is situated on the edge of the Clyde plateau lavas, an interesting feature is Gleniffer gorge situated along the Tannahill walkway. It reaches some 50 feet deep in places and is eroded by the Gleniffer burn.

Hill of StakeHill of Stake, Lochwinnoch KA24 5LE, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Hill of Stake is a hill on the boundary between North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, Scotland. The hill is 522 metres high and is the highest point of the relatively low-lying county of Renfrewshire and indeed the entire Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park of which it is a part, having a considerable Topographic isolation.

Lagoon Leisure Centre11 Christie St, Paisley PA1 1NB, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

The Lagoon Leisure Centre is the flagship centre of Renfrewshire Leisure and caters for activities such as swimming, fitness, aerobics, various sporting activities and events.  The centre is a one-stop shop for local leisure and fitness, offering you learn to swim programmes, water fun, a fitness centre, outdoor pools and group fitness classes.

Paisley Abbey575 Cotton St, Paisley PA1 1JG, UK
Churches

Paisley Abbey is a parish church of the Church of Scotland on the east bank of the White Cart Water in the centre of the town of Paisley, Renfrewshire, about 12 miles west of Glasgow, in Scotland. Its origins date from the 12th century, based on a former Cluniac monastery. Following the Reformation in the 16th century, it became a Church of Scotland parish kirk.

Paisley Museum & Art GalleryHigh St, Paisley PA1 2BA, UK
Museums

It is a museum and public art gallery located in the town of Paisley and is run by Renfrewshire Council. It houses one of the largest municipal art collections in Scotland, including over 800 paintings. The Museum holds the collections of Renfrewshire Council and the Paisley Art Institute Collection, held by Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. The painting collections consist of over 800 works.

Paisley Town HallAbbey Cl, Paisley PA1 1JF, UK
Iconic Buildings

Paisley Town Hall is a popular entertainment and conference venue that is host to a variety of concerts, shows and conferences. The main auditorium of the building can seat up to 750 people with a balcony, gallery and stalls area.

Renfrew Town Hall & MuseumRenfrew Town Hall and Museum, Hairst St, Renfrew PA4 8PF, UK
Iconic Buildings

Renfrew Town Hall is an architectural gem, dominating the Renfrew skyline with its Disney-esque towers and intricate facade. This Town Hall offers flexible spaces within a historical setting. The main hall at Renfrew Town Hall encompasses stunning Victorian features with beautiful decor and is the perfect space to hold your event. This room can accommodate up to 240 people.

Robertson ParkUnnamed Road, Renfrew PA4 8NE, UK
Parks

Robertson Park is in Renfrew, Scotland. It has recreational parkland and garden areas which are open to the public. The park offers various amenities and activities for the general public. These include a duck pond, floral gardens, BMX course, skateboard park, tennis courts, putting area, bowling green, sensory garden, cycle tracks, swing parks and a small animal enclosure.

RSPB LochwinnochLochwinnoch RSPB Nature Reserve, Largs Rd, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF, UK
Outdoors- Other

Lochwinnoch is the perfect place to watch whooper swans. wigeon and a wide varity of ducks during winter months.  In spring you wont want to muss the elaborate displays of the great crested grebes.  The reserve has an outdoor natural play area, an accessible trail and runs events suitable for the whole family as well as daily drop-in kids activities, pond dipping and bug hunting.

Sma' Shot CottagesSma' Shot Lane, Paisley PA1 2HZ, UK
Man-made Structures- Other
Old Ruins

The Sma’ Shot Cottages are a major tourist attraction of historical significance in the Renfrewshire area, offering a unique insight into two distinct periods of Paisley’s textile history. On crossing the yard, you will discover the house of a foreman of a nearby mill in the mid-19th century. Within this house, visitors can experience what family life was like within the kitchen/living area, bedroom, children’s room and parlour – each room is decorated to represent various time periods from the

Map of attractions in Renfrewshire