Linwood is a small town in Renfrewshire which owes its existence to the building of cotton and flax mills in the 18th century.
The expansion and economy of Linwood from 1961 onwards relied heavily on the manufacturing of cars, in particular the Hilman Imp, a revolutionary small car which went into production in Linwood 1963, and was not discontinued until 1976. The Linwood plant continued to operate until 1981 when the factory was closed and the plant was demolished soon afterwards.
Since then Linwood has undergone a major re-development which began in 2008. Four schools have been rebuilt or refurbished, there has been new private and social housing built, the sports centre has benefited from a £24 million renovation, a new Tesco supermarket has opened in the town centre regeneration, there has been a new Community care home built and Kintyre Park playground facilities have been refurbished.
The On-X (Linwood Sport and Community Centre) is a modern, high-quality leisure facility with a 25 metre pool , modern gym and fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, four dance studios and a cafe.
The Pheonix Retail Park is situated in Linwood and its amenities include 14 screen Showcase cinema, Starbucks coffee shop, car dealerships and shopping opportunities and restaurants which offer delicious carvery lunches and mouth-watering selections of cakes.
The Big Adventure is an indoor soft play area in Linwood. With five levels of slides, climbs, tubes and spinners, the big adventure is the ultimate fun family day out with the kids.
Rail transport can be accessed from the nearby Johnstone railway station, which includes a two level park and ride car park. This route provides services westwards to Ayr, Troon, Stranraer, Irvine, Kilwinning, Largs, Ardrossan and Lochwinnoch and eastwards to Paisley, Hillington, Cardonald and to Glasgow Central Station.
East Fulton, Our Lady of Peace and Woodlands Primary Schools all serve Linwood and Linwood High and St Benedicts RC High are the nearest secondary schools.