It’s never been more important to look after ourselves by keeping fit, both physically and mentally.
Getting outside for some exercise, a bit of fresh air and spending time in nature is a great way to boost wellbeing, so we’re lucky that Renfrewshire is home to so many beautiful outdoor spaces and little-known gems, just waiting to be explored.
Here’s our pick of the best…
Cycling, walking and an abundance of wildlife awaits you at Clyde Muirshiel.
Follow the trails for 20 minutes or 2 hours and discover everything that Scotland’s largest regional park has to offer.
According to the park’s wildlife almanac, the summer months are a great time to spot fledgling kestrels as they take their first flight, whirligig beetles, black darter dragonflies and big hairy caterpillars!
Gleniffer Braes Country Park
Paisley’s very own country park sits high above the town and boasts one of the best views in Renfrewshire.
Head there for hilly dog walks under leafy canopies, a particularly pretty waterfall and the occasional Highland coo!
Finlaystone Country Park & Estate
140 acres of beautiful outdoors, complete with trees dating back over 400 years.
Finlaystone has it all; stunning views across the Firth of Clyde, adventure playgrounds, beautiful gardens and plenty of places to stop and enjoy a picnic or a BBQ.
Barshaw Park, Paisley
Another great example of a beautiful green space available right on your doorstep.
The main path around Barshaw Park is approximately 1 mile long, so it’s a great place to go for a jog or a run and clock up those miles.
Don’t miss the BMX track, boating pond and play areas too!
Fountain Gardens, Paisley
Dolphins. And walruses. In Paisley?! That’s exactly what you’ll find on a visit to Fountain Gardens thanks to the ornate cast-iron fountain right in the centre of this pretty park.
Saucel Hill, Paisley
Climb up above the hustle and bustle of Paisley town centre and enjoy a birdseye view of the Hamills in full flow.
This is a great spot for some urban photography.
Boden Boo & Erskine Beach
Part of the Clyde Walkway, a 40-mile trail stretching from Glasgow’s West End to the New Lanark World Heritage Site, Boden Boo and Erskine Beach is a network of walking and cycle–friendly paths set below the magnificent Erskine Bridge. Your furry friend would love a dip in the Clyde on a warm, summer’s day!
Robertson Park, Renfrew
Located right in the heart of Renfrew, Robertson Park is a great place for kids to go practice their ollies and kickflips thanks to the dedicated ramps and jumps at the skate park.
Thomas Shanks Park
Named after one of the town’s leading 19th century industrialists, Thomas Shanks Park is a glorious green space in the heart of Johnstone. A great local spot on a sunny day for a kickabout or a game of frisbee.
On your bike!
Renfrewshire is super lucky to have not one, but two National Cycle Routes weave through its towns and picturesque villages.
Check out National Route 7 which runs from Paisley Canal station all the way to Lochwinnoch, or Route 75, which can be joined at Johnstone, Linwood, Brookfield and Bridge of Weir.
Jenny’s Well Nature Reserve
A little known green space right on the White Cart Water. Jenny’s Well used to be a quarry; but now it’s home to a colourful collection of birds, trees, flowers, otters and even eels!
Linwood Fairy Trail
Dreamt up by the clever adventurers at Toddle Tots, the Linwood Fairy Trail is a woodland treat for toddlers and their families.
Can you find all the fairy doors? Don’t forget to download the map before you go!
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve
As one of the few wetlands in Scotland, the reserve at Lochwinnoch is the perfect habitat for birdlife; swans, wigeons and ducks to name a few. Take your binoculars with you along the lochside trails and see what wildlife you can spot from the hides dotted along the route.
Hawkhead Village Fairy Woods
Those fairies sure like our green spaces! This magical fairy wood has been brought to life thanks to the imagination of two local children.
Par for the course!
Visit any golf course in Renfrewshire and you’ll be treated to some great scenery as well as a great game. If you fancy getting back out there with your clubs, check out these great courses that Renfrewshire has to offer.