Easy cycling: Three routes around Renfrewshire

From smooth cycle paths to wild and remote moorland tracks, exploring Renfrewshire on two wheels can be a proper adventure.

But you don’t need to be in the saddle all day to see some great sights. So we’ve put together a few easy routes we think are a good introduction to riding in Renfrewshire.

All these routes should take no more than two hours, but always ride within your limits. Let people know where you’re going. Take care on shared paths and roads.

Bikes, trains and boats: Paisley to Lochwinnoch

Starting at Paisley Canal Station, this out-and-back route follows the National Cycle Network route 7 out to Lochwinnoch, passing through Elderslie and Kilbarchan before arriving at Castle Semple Loch.

The cycle path is wide and smooth, with gentle undulations, and is suitable for families.

You can reverse the route along the cycle path on the return or continue round the loch to Lochwinnoch Station and return via train.

Highlight: Look out for the historic Collegiate Church as you approach Lochwinnoch. The church was founded in 1504 and inside the ruins you can see the ornate carved tomb of the Church’s founder, John, First Lord Sempill.



Woodlands and riverbanks: Linwood Moss

Starting and ending at On-X Sports Centre, this short circular ride explores the tranquil woodland of Linwood Moss and the banks of the River Gryffe.

The route includes quiet roads and woodland paths. Linwood Community Woodland can get muddy after rain.

For an even easier ride explore the woodland directly, perfect for wee ones on balance bikes.

Tip: This route can be extended by cycling to Linwood using National Cycle Network route 7 and 75. On-X Linwood is only a few minutes ride from the cycle path and is well signposted.




Trees, lanes and views: Elderslie, Johnstone and Howwood Circular

This route starts and ends at the Wallace Birthplace Monument in Elderslie, and explores some of Renfrewshire’s most beautiful woodlands, before heading out on quiet back lanes and cycle paths.

In Bluebell Woods, there is a short section of steps to ascend, but bikes can be easily pushed up the side.

There is a short section of road riding from Howwood before joining National Cycle Network route 7, but an off-road diversion can be taken by following the Semple Trail (signposted) around Kenmure Hill.

The Wallace Monument is easily accessed off National Cycle Network route 7 and is signposted from the path. This route can be extended by combining it with other routes listed on this page.

Highlight: National Cycle Network routes are full of interesting sculptures. Check out the giant bicycle by the Howwood entrance to the cycle path. The wheels are made from mill stones!