Set amid rolling wooded Renfrewshire countryside, Kilbarchan retains much of its old world charm.
Set amid rolling wooded Renfrewshire countryside, Kilbarchan retains much of its old world charm. The village is hybrid of modern country life mixed with a unique heritage offering, no less than 61 buildings are listed by Historic Scotland as being of architectural or historical merit.
The village was once one of the many weaving villages and at one time there were over 800 handlooms in the village.
Kilbarchan has two 18th century churches — however, although it may look like it — Steeple Hall is not one of them. Although Steeple Hall appears to be a church, it has never been used as such and was built in 1755 as a combined school and market.
Step into the Weaver’s Cottage in Kilbarchan and be transported back to the days when the village was at the heart of the thriving Scottish textile industry. This restored 18th century cottage, is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, recreates the living and working conditions of a typical handloom weaver.
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.
The Old Library Centre in Kilbarchan offers facilities for conferences, training courses and all kinds of meetings using the fully equipped Community Room.
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. Visit The Trust on a Friday night for live music. The beer garden to the rear of the Gelnleven is the place to go on a summers evening. Home to good food and fine ales the pub is also known for live music and pub quizzes.
Bobbins Coffee and Craft shop is the ideal place to drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a spot of food. A charming gift shop has a selection of greetings cards and gifts for all occasions.
Now one of the top running clubs in Scotland, the Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club is attracting top athletes — British distance runners Callum Hawkins and his brother Derek both trained with Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club.
The club, which was founded in 1974, stages a number of events throughout the year and has now grown in such popularity that the main training bases are now in the neighbouring towns, Johnstone and Linwood.
Lillas day is an annual village event and takes place on the first Saturday in June every year. Hundreds of visitors come to Kilbarchan to watch the parade and join in the festivities.
Kilbarchan railway station closed to passengers in 1966 but now serves as the entrance to the National Cycle Route 7.
Kilbarchan Primary School is the only primary school in the village and the catchment school for secondary education is Johnstone High School or St Benedict’s High School.