Renfrewshire’s towns and villages all have fascinating tales to tell.
Delve deep and find out more.
Its name of “bishop’s toun” originally owes to its status as a summer retreat for visiting members of the clergy.
Unlike many of its adjoining towns and villages, Bridge of Weir’s history as a settlement only dates back as far as the 17th century.
Derived from the old English for “field of elder trees”, the town is best known as the birthplace of one of Scottish history’s heroes.
Rich in both woodland and water, Erskine has some of the most picturesque beauty spots in all of Renfrewshire.
Despite its relatively modest size, Howwood has a storied history that makes for a fascinating tale.
Inchinnan’s history as a settlement can be traced all the way back to the prehistoric days of the Iron Age.
First envisioned by its laird, John Houston, in 1782, who would turn his vision of a new, prosperous town into a reality.
Derived from “the Church, Cell, or Retreat of Barchan”, and named after Saint Barchan, an Irish priest who’d ventured across the sea.
Handily situated between Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, the name Langbank is said to be derived from “Long Bank”.
Like many neighbouring parishes, the origins of Linwood as a settlement can be traced back to the time of the Roman occupation.
There is reason to believe the area now known as Lochwinnoch has been inhabited since the early bronze age of 2300BC.
The course of history has taken Paisley from a small encampment the Romans referred to as 'Vanduara' to Scotland’s largest town.
When it comes to towns in Renfrewshire, very few have as storied or varied a history as the area that it extracts its name from.
Towns and villages in Renfrewshire have so much to offer. They're great places to visit, to live and to work.
Renfrewshire’s history is filled with interesting and brave people who shaped our place and had a profound impact on the world.
The stories that shaped our place are remarkable. We’re writing new chapters in Renfrewshire's story every day.