The town of Erskine began as a small village settlement and has since expanded to a bustling new town.
The Erskine Bridge, which was opened by Princess Anne on 2nd July 1971, connects Renfrewshire with West Dumbartonshire and stands more than 150 feet from the River Clyde.
Erskine Care Homes are situated close to the Erksine Bridge and provide long-term medical care for veterans of the British Armed Forces. The charity was opened in 1916 to treat the thousands of military personnel who lost their limbs in the First World War and has continued to the present day to become the biggest ex-services facility in the country.
The town has various leisure facilities including Erskine Swimming Pool and Erskine Community Sports Centre both located in the Bridgewater Shopping Complex. Boden Boo is a woodland area which lies beneath the Erskine Bridge and contains about two miles of trails and the Erskine Beach. Erskine is also home to the Newshot Island Nature Reserve, a salt marsh that juts out into the River Clyde and acts as a feeding and resting point for a wide array of migratory birds.
Other local attractions include Lamont Farm and Pandamonium soft play centre.
Erskine has two golf clubs, The Erskine Golf Club, which hosted the Scottish Professional Championship in 1991 and The Scottish Youths Championship in 2007, and Mar Hall hotel, golf and spa resort. Mar Hall is a luxury five star hotel which overlooks the River Clyde and enjoys views towards the Kilpatrick Hills. The Erskine Bridge is a three star hotel in Erskine with panoramic views of the Erskine Bridge and River Clyde.
Erskine is easily accessed by road via the Erskine Bridge as well as the M8 motorway. Local bus services connect the town to surrounding destinations including Paisley, Renfrew and Bishopton, where the nearest train station is.
Erskine has five primary schools including; Rashielea, Bargarran and Barsail providing non-denominational education and St John Bosco and St Anne’s providing Roman Catholic denomination education. Park Mains High School is the largest school in Renfrewshire and one of the biggest in Scotland with up to 1,400 students. It is a non-denominational state school. For Roman Catholic denomination state education, Erskine falls within the catchment area of Trinity High School in nearby Renfrew.