Be a tourist in your town – Bridge of Weir, Howwood and Kilbarchan

Friday 4th September, 2020

The villages of Bridge of Weir, Howwood and Kilbarchan offer fantastic opportunities to experience the countryside and everything the great outdoors has to offer.

They also make for great choices for a weekend retreat!

Surrounded by rolling countryside, Bridge of Weir is one of the most desirable villages in Scotland – and a lovely place to visit.

The River Gryffe flows through the village and is a popular spot for fishing enthusiasts. Numerous outdoor activities are available at the nearby Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, the National Cycle Route 75, which runs through the village, is a hit with cyclists.

The village also has an excellent dining out scene with a great range of restaurants and cafes dotted throughout the village including Amaretto Italian Kitchen and Bar, The Coach House, Bunty’s General Store and more.

A short drive from Bridge of Weir is the small village of Kilbarchan. Set in rolling wooded countryside, Kilbarchan has retained much of its old-world charm.

The village also sits directly on National Cycling Network Route 7 so it makes for a perfect stop while exploring Renfrewshire.

At the foot of Church Street is The Well dedicated to Robert Allan, a friend of the poet Robert Tannahill. A weaver by trade, Allan showed early talent in the composition of songs and many of his best songs were composed at the loom.

There are two village pubs, the Trust and the Glenleven. The Trust Inn is over a hundred years old and takes great pride in its extensive food and drink menu. The beer garden to the rear of the Gelnleven is the place to go on a summers evening.

Bobbins Coffee and Craft shop is the ideal place to drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a spot of food.

Another quaint village a short distance away is Howwood – which is perfectly situated for visitors to explore the area.

With its own railway station, it’s easy for visitors to discover for themselves. You can take some time to relax and unwind at the luxury Bowfield Hotel and Country Club with its stellar dining options and top-class spa.

Howwood is known for its fantastic range of restaurants including The Coach House where diners can enjoy top-quality food in stylish settings.

There are some excellent views for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy as well. A steep climb from Howwood takes you to an open hillside with some of the best views in Renfrewshire where you can spot Kenmure Hill down in the valley and Ben Lomond or the Arrochar Alps on the horizon.

Eating, drinking and shopping

We asked and you answered with some of your favourite places to go in Bridge of Weir, Howwood and Kilbarchan.

Dylan Glynn commented on Facebook: “The Coach House is a great place to eat!”


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@teuchterdavid tweeted: “Cannae beat an Amaretto’s pizza from Bridge of Weir.”


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