Self-catering accommodation in Renfrewshire and the Trossachs
Tourist information for a self-catering holiday in Renfrewshire
Renfrewshire is just to the west of Glasgow International Airport and is a great place for a Scottish holiday, with convenient access to Argyll and the Isles, all the amenities of Glasgow city centre. The countryside has superb cycle routes - there are lots of traffic-free cycle routes and mountain bike trails in stunning scenery.
Walking is varied - coastal paths, woodland walks as well as rugged moorland terrain. For horse lovers, the world class Ingliston Equestrian centre is a must - there are also several pony trekking centres in the area. Staying in a self-catering cottage near the Renfrewshire coast offers great opportunities for all kinds of watersports and you can hire canoes, rowing boats and dinghies. Sailing is particularly popular on the Clyde. Golf courses abound and if you're on a golfing holiday then you will have plenty of choice. Renfrewshire boasts 11 golf clubs: Erskine, Renfrew, Gleddoch, Paisley, Kilmacolm, Ralston, Elderslie, Cochrane Castle, Lochwinnoch, Ranfurly Castle, and Old Course Ranfurly. Holiday cottages in Renfrewshire are varied and staying in a self-catering home gives you an opportunity to please yourselves, and often you can take your dog too.
The Clyde valley is home to the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park which has miles of walks in stunning countryside and has glorious views over the coast. The park extends as far as Lochwinnoch, where there is an RSPB nature reserve. Bird-watchers flock here to see one of Scotland's rarest birds, the Hen Harrier. If you are renting a self-catering cottage in Renfrewshire then you may want to take a day trip to Glasgow - fabulous art galleries, museums, restaurants and great shopping! Keen shoppers also head for Xscape Braehead which has hundreds of stores and leisure activities such as a 200m indoor real snow slope!
Renfrewshire has a rich cultural and industrial heritage. Newark Castle is well worth a visit - situated on the coast, it used to be surrounded by the shipyards which the Clyde was famous for throughout the world - it dates from the !6th centure and is one of the best expamples of a Scottish mansion house of the period. Paisley Abbey was founded in 1171 and is architecturally stunning (the last restoration was by Lorimer) and has a good collection of stained glass. Paisley was a very important textile town and of course gave it's name to the famous patterned cloth. You can see what life was like for Paisley's shawl weavers in the 18th and 19th centuries at Sma'Shot Cottages. Paisley has a historic high street with some fascinating architecture. Renting vacation accommodation in Renfrewshire is a great way to explore the countryside and coastal areas near Glasgow.