Alternative things to do in Renfrewshire during the World Cup

Thursday 21st June, 2018

We’re now a week into the action at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and football fever has swept the globe.

For many, it’s a festival of football and a mad dash to catch every goal, tackle or moment of drama. But for others, the hype is unbearable and it’s a real struggle to drag family and friends away from the television to enjoy some quality time together.

So, if you’re not feeling the buzz, we’ve picked a few activities and things to do around Renfrewshire that you can enjoy instead of watching the football.

Swap football strips for ski gear

Snowboarding at Soar

Swap the football action for an action-packed afternoon on Scotland’s only real indoor snow slope – which is also the longest in the UK. Hit the slopes at Snow Factor and enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledging and the ice slide. Lessons are available for beginners and those looking to kick back and chill out can enjoy the Bavarian Restaurant, Festive Grotto and Ice Bar.

See the sights at Paisley Museum

With 350,000 objects, a visit to Paisley Museum is a perfect way to escape the football and explore some historic artefacts and collections. See the world-famous Paisley Shawl Collection – a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland – and Loom Gallery, as well as the famous ‘Buddy’ the Lion! With ever-changing exhibitions, talks and educational activities, the football won’t even enter your mind during your visit.

Enjoy a picnic in the sun


With many of the games kicking off at 1pm and 4pm, why not turn off the television, pack some sandwiches and head out for an afternoon at one of the many beautiful picnic spots across Renfrewshire? With the weather starting to improve, you can soak up the sun and the stunning scenery or even do a bit of wildlife spotting. Take a closer look at perfect places to enjoy your picnic with our useful guide.

Enjoy a boutique shopping experience

Loopy Lally creative retail business at InCube

If you’re fed up of watching match after match and fancy a spot of retail therapy then don’t fear, there are a wide range of great shops to explore around Renfrewshire. From unique keepsakes created by local designers and extensive vintage vinyl record collections to tasty sweets and treats, there’s something to suit everyone’s needs. We’ve picked a few ideal shopping experiences around the town to help you out.

Go for a cycle on one of our amazing routes

Family cycling through Clyde Muirshiel park

Get on your bike and ride through beautiful terrain filled with history, scenery and wildlife. The National Cycle Network – Route 75 takes you from Paisley to Johnstone, Bridge of Weir then onto Greenock and beyond, passing key attractions along the way, including Paisley Abbey, Paisley Thread Mill Museum and Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. Or you could try the National Route 7, taking you from Paisley to Kilbarchan and on to Lochwinnoch, where you can swap the bikes for boats at Castle Semple Loch.

Water sports at Castle Semple

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Speaking of Castle Semple, why not swap the football pitch for a range of watersports on the loch? From sailing and paddle sports to powerboating, it’s easy to find an adrenaline-pumping activity to enjoy. Plus, take full advantage of the excellent learning and training courses available at the park before winding down with a hot or cold beverage in the visitor centre.

Find out more about Castle Semple Country Park.

Enjoy a spa day

Massage at EVE Spa

Why not treat yourself and unwind with a spa day? Indulge in some well-earned ‘me-time’ with a five-star luxury spa experience and enjoy a range of treatments and facilities available across Renfrewshire. Here are some fantastic places where you can enjoy some rest and recuperation.

Travel back in time at the Sma’ Shot Cottages

Inside the Sma Shot Cottages

Take a step back in time and experience life as a weaver at Paisley’s famous Sma’ Shot Cottages. Local guides are on hand to give you an insightful tour of the 1750s weaver’s cottage before letting you explore a number of historically decorated cottages dating back to the 1820s. No visit is complete without stopping by the tea room and enjoying a slice of cake before returning to the present day!

Find out more about the historic sights at Paisley Sma’ Shot Cottages.

Get an adrenaline rush at The Experience

The Experience

If the football isn’t giving you the kind of adrenaline rush you’re looking for, then race to The Experience in Hillington for the ultimate electric karting experience. Reach top speeds of 35mph in seconds with the state-of-the-art karts before arming yourself with a laser blaster and taking on your friends at a game of laser tag. Before you leave, recharge your batteries at the Refuel Café – which has won Visit Scotland’s Taste Our Best award.

If you do fancy watching the football...

Many urban areas would love to have a measure of the pedigree that this post-industrial conurbation boasts. Aside from its textile legacy, and illustrious denizens, Paisley has an incredible architectural heritage, from the 12th-Century Abbey, with its glorious Edward Burne-Jones windows, to its Victorian Observatory, to the stunning Art Deco Russell Institute.

Gemma Fullham
Reporter, Irish Independent

Cookies are pieces of personal data stored when you browse the web. These let our website know when you browse the site again. Read our Cookie Policy

Hide announcement