Weaver’s Cottage

Take a wee trip to the wonderful village of Kilbarchan to discover a slice of Renfrewshire’s rich manufacturing history.

After a short drive from Paisley town centre, step into the National Trust for Scotland’s Weaver’s Cottage and be transported back to the days when Kilbarchan was at the heart of the thriving Scottish textile industry. This restored historic 18th century cottage vividly recreates the living and working conditions of a typical handloom weaver.

Before or after your visit, why not visit the loom and shawl gallery at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries to view an example of the end product and what made Paisley famous all those years ago?

Opening times:

Seasonal. Open 30 Mar – 31 Oct, 1pm – 5pm.
Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Accessibility is limited. Please call ahead for more information.

Getting there:

Johnstone rail station (2 miles). Bus 38 (McGill’s buses), from Paisley, Glasgow and from near Johnstone rail station to Kilbarchan (terminus).


Members go free
Adult: £6.50
Concession: £5.00
Family: £16.50
Single Adult Family: £11.50


Weaver’s Cottage
The Cross
PA10 2JG

+(0)1505 705588



Just as the harness weaver had a draw-boy, each block printer had a tearer. These tearers were boys and girls, and if the draw-boys were a demonstrative class, the tearers were not behind them. When the day’s work was over, they issued in a stream from the orate, their hands and arms stained with all the colours of the rainbow, and they made the streets lively on the way home.

Matthew Blair
The Paisley shawl and the men who produced it, 1907

Renfrewshire's creativity and tenacity created a unique legacy

The legacy lives on

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