5 Things to do in Glasgow (When in Renfrewshire)

Visit the Big City

Pages could be written about what there is to do in Scotland’s biggest city. Needless to say, for shopping, for history, for eating and drinking, leisure activities or just somewhere to unwind, the city centre has it all. With bus routes galore and many of the friendliest taxi drivers around Renfrew, you’re never far from the big city lights, whilst still enjoying the comfort and value of Renfrewshire. And if you’re looking for the perfect day trip, jump on the Glasgow Sightseeing Bus. You can get round the whole city in a day and still have time for luncheon in Glasgow’s premier shopping mall, Prince’s Square on Buchannan Street which you can’t miss with the lurching metal peacock on the roof beckoning you in.

Shop Your Socks Off

With over 1 million square feet to explore and over 100 stores you best bring your walking shoes as well as your wallet. Ok, this technically isn’t in Glasgow. It’s in Renfrew, but thanks to an old dispute between Glasgow and Renfrew about the area, Braehead still has a Glasgow postcode, so that counts on the list.

Through the retail park and shopping complex there’s a multitude of retail delights. From modern wonders of Primark (or Prada-mark as we say in Glasgow) and Hollister to stalwarts like Marks & Spencer and NEXT, plus many more. And what to do when your feet are scolding hot from walking this mammoth then why not pop along to Braehead’s leisure area, including restaurants, family recreation and Scotland’s only ICE BAR to cool off!

Baltic Ice Bar – XSITE (xsitebraehead.com)

Fly to Anywhere in the World

So, Glasgow Airport is just a hop, skip and a jump from Renfrew. In fact, it’s closer to Renfrew than it is Glasgow. It’s not even in Glasgow. So when you’re flying away and need a base close to the airport, without the hustle and bustle of staying around the airport, Renfrew is the place. With a selection of hotels just a short distance away, including The Glynhill Hotel and Spa, why note make your pre-trip stay as relaxing and sumptuous as your holiday.

Explore Some History

Paisley Abbey. Ok, so this definitely isn’t in Glasgow. But if you are around Renfrewshire it is just a short journey from Renfrew or Glasgow and well worth a visit for this awe-inspiring 12th century parish church. A real sight of pure delight, not to mention the absolute splendour of the stained glass adorning the walls inside.

Opening hours at the Abbey are Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 2.30pm and you can book guided tours every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm. Tickets are a bargain at £5.


Visit The Bonnie Banks

Whether travelling to Scotland or residing here, there’s one place you must see. The top of the bucket list so to speak. The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. The Loch itself is quite spectacular and surrounded by the Trossachs National Park. It’s simply breath-taking.

There is so much to see, from the Loch itself, to the surrounding mountains and glens, it’s truly some of the most stunning scenery you’ll find anywhere in the world. A true gem of Scotland. And if you’re in Renfrew, you’ll get there about 7 minutes quicker than from Glasgow!