Are you planning your next weekend break around Scotland? Why not pack a bag and spend 48 hours in one of Scotland’s largest and most historically rich towns. No matter if you are a culture vulture, outdoor enthusiast or foodie fan – there’s plenty of ways to enjoy a great weekend in Paisley.
The Ashtree House Hotel in the heart of the town is a great base for a weekend break. The regency-era boutique townhouse offers elegant accommodation in a classic and relaxed atmosphere. All guests are treated to picturesque views over the courtyard and walled garden.
Once you’ve settled in it’s time to stretch your legs and explore your surroundings. There’s so much history, architecture and heritage to soak up within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Start with a visit to Paisley Museum and Art Galleries to find out more about the town’s weaving heritage and see some of the visiting exhibitions which have included the likes of the famous The Monarch of the Glen painting by Sir Edwin Landseer or innovative and immersive experiences such as artist Stephen Hurrel’s Beneath and Beyond audio-visual experience. You can finish off with a tour of the Coats Observatory – Scotland’s oldest public observatory.
After all that culture it must be time to grab a bite to eat – there’s plenty of choice in the town to keep you going. Why not head to Cardosi’s on Storie Street for some delicious Italian classics – the restaurant is a popular choice with local Buddies and you are guaranteed a warm welcome and delicious meal.
Next, why not enjoy some retail therapy by visiting Eigen Interiors and Gifts to pick up some mementos of your trip or something stylish for your home. InCube on Gilmour Street offers a great selection of artisan products created by local artists and designers – offering a little bespoke luxury to your shopping experience. There’s also plenty places to do a spot of window shopping in The Paisley Centre or Piazza in the town centre.
Ready for a little more culture? Make your next stop Paisley’s Secret Collection – the first facility of its kind on a UK High Street and a real treasure trove of significant artefacts from all over the world. It’s a must visit new attraction in the town.
Looking for a spot of dinner? Pendulum on Gauze Street offers a sophisticated dining experience in the centre of the town boasting some of the most picturesque views of the town’s most famous landmarks – the 12th century abbey and Victorian-era Town Hall.
There’s plenty of great nightlife in Paisley. Take in a live band at The Bungalow in Shuttle Street or if you’d just like to enjoy a drink or two head to the town’s oldest and most famous pub The Bull Inn to finish off a great day.
Alternatively, if you’re after a spot of arts and culture you can catch a show at Paisley Arts Centre which has welcomed the likes of Lee Mack, John Bishop and Blythe Duff over the years.
Start your next day with a satisfying breakfast at your hotel or head to the nearby Café Malatso if you’re keen to take in more of the local culinary scene.
Feeling adventurous? Try some skiing or snowboarding at Snow Factor at intu Braehead Soar- just a short drive away. If that’s not for you, there’s always the chance to do a bit of good old fashioned sledging on the real snow slopes.
All that activity is hungry work but don’t worry – there’s a great choice of restaurants at intu Braehead Soar to suit all appetites and cravings.
If you’d rather experience more of the outdoors there are plenty of places to choose from – a long walk or cycle around Castle Semple in Lochwinnoch or even take in some canoeing, archery or kayaking at Lapwing Lodge.
The Elderslie Butcher’s Steak and Grill is a must visit for meat lovers – offering a wide range of delicacies including dry-aged steaks, burgers and sauces this culinary gem was recently described as “the steak capital of Scotland” by journalist and radio presenter Tam Cowan in his “Scoff the ball” column.