Lochwinnoch is a rural village and lies on the banks of Castle Semple Loch and the River Calder.
Lochwinnoch has excellent travel connections with Glasgow only 20 miles to the east, the Clyde coast 10 miles to the west, and surrounded by Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Lochwinnoch offers a difficult to find mix of rural and urban living.
Historically the village supported numerous businesses with mills, cooperage, farming, furniture making, flag making and the curling stone factory. In recent times however many of the local businesses have closed or moved away and today Lochwinnoch chiefly serves as a residential village and the villages unique character has attracted commuters looking for that perfect work life balance.
You will find an interesting mix of properties for sale in Lochwinnoch from stunning contemporary four bedroom B Listed mansion house conversions to quaint two bedroom courtyard cottages, there’s even the odd spot of land available if you are looking for an exciting opportunity to build your forever home.
Lochwinnoch has a good range of local craft and gift shops, cafes and welcoming village and traditional country pubs together with a good range of amenities that comfortably cater for every day needs and requirements.
At Castle Semple Visitor Centre in Lochwinnoch you can hire mountain bikes and set out across the rugged hills of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, the largest of its kind in Scotland. Alternatively, you can swap pedals for paddles and kayak, windsurf or sail across the waters of Castle Semple Loch.
Castle Semple also lies within the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, a ranger protected wildlife and outdoor facility with interesting walks and a link with the Sustrans cycle path and walkway which connects to and provides safe cycle routes to many other parts of central Scotland. At the RSPB Nature Reserve borrow binoculars to watch wildlife from the visitor centre and hides or go wildlife pond dipping and bug hunting.
As with many parts of Renfrewshire you are never too far from a golf course and Lochwinnoch is no exception, Lochwinnoch Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole parkland course and the club house has a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Lochwinnoch’s train station operates on the Ayrshire Coast Line and links the village to Paisley, Glasgow and the Ayrshire. A shuttle bus service operates to and from the village centre to the train station.
Similar to other villages in Renfrewshire a second train line used to be in operation but has since been converted into a cycle path and is now part of the National Cycle Network’s National Cycle Route Number 7, running from Glasgow to Gretna. There is also an hourly bus service to Johnstone operated by Key Coaches.
The local primary school is Lochwinnoch Primary, there is a private school, St Columba’s, situated in neighbouring village, Kilmacolm and Johnstone High and St Benedict’s High Schools are the local secondary schools.