Sma’ Shot Cottages

Jump back in time for a unique understanding into two distinct periods of Paisley’s rich textile history.

On entering from Shuttle Street, visitors immediately turn back the clocks as they arrive at a typical 18th century weaver’s cottage – which was originally built in the 1750s. Local guides will accompany you to provide a fascinating insight into how a typical weaving family lived and worked during this important period of Paisley’s history.

Within the weaver’s cottage, you will find the original weaving looms and learn about the origins of the Sma’ Shot Day celebration held in July each year.

On crossing the yard, you will discover the house of a foreman of a nearby mill in the mid-19th century. Within this house, visitors can experience what family life was like within the kitchen/living area, bedroom, children’s room and parlour. Each room is decorated to represent various time periods from the late 19th into the early 20th century.

The Sma’ Shot Cottages are a major tourist attraction of historical significance in the Renfrewshire area – during your visit you will see why.

Opening times:

April – September

Wednesday, 12pm – 4pm; Friday, 1pm – 5pm; and Saturday, 12pm – 4pm.


Ground floor areas have limited wheelchair access due to narrow doorways. Please call ahead for further details.

Getting there:

A five-minute walk from Paisley Gilmour train station.


Free. Donations welcome.


Enjoy a brew or two in the cafe.


Sma’ Shot Cottages
15 Shuttle Street

+(0)141 889 1708

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Paisley's remarkable history

Wandering down cobbled wynds, up hidden stairs, going inside the wonderful green-roofed abbey and finding the tomb of Marjorie Bruce – what a revelation. Paisley is so rich with history – and I started wondering – why do we not shout about this place more? Why don’t we tell Paisley’s story to the world?

Karen Campbell

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