Linwood, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch venues

Venues in villages across Renfrewshire will be throwing open their doors to visitors as part of this year’s Doors Open Day celebrations.

Take a trip to Linwood, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch to see spectacular buildings, stunning architecture and fantastic places – all with a unique story to tell.

See all of the sites taking part in the celebrations on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September below.

Linwood

On-X Linwood

Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

Saturday & Sunday, 9am–5pm

With three swimming pools, a modern fitness suite, dance studios, squash courts and a spin studio, there’s plenty on offer at On-X!

Bridge of Weir

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church

1 Kilbarchan Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EG

Saturday, 10am–4pm

See exceptional artefacts and stunning stained glass inside this rural parish church. There will be arts and crafts activities available for children too.

 

St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Johnstone Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EE

Sunday, 2pm – 4pm

Known locally as the ‘little white church in the wood’, St Mary’s was broken into 10 years ago by thieves who stole a large safe weighing several hundred pounds. They blew the door open with explosives only to find it contained a few old papers inside. Step inside this charming church and enjoy a local wildlife photography display and kids activities.

 

Houston & Killellan Kirk

Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7AR

Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Sunday, 1pm – 4pm

Built in 1834 and restored in 1938, Houston & Killellan Kirk was added to as recently as 2016, when the Kirk Halls were built to provide meeting and activity spaces adjacent to the church. Don’t forget to wander around the ancient graveyard too, which dates back to 1623.

Kilbarchan

Kilbarchan Parish Church

Steeple Square, Kilbarchan PA10 2JD

Sunday, 12.30pm – 4pm

A brand-new parish made up of Kilbarchan East Church and Kilbarchan West Parish Church congregations. Found on Steeple Square, you’ll be invited inside with music from the grand piano, organ and clavinova. Kids can take part in a quick quiz on Habbie history too.

 

Weaver’s Cottage

The Cross, Kilbarchan PA10 2JG

Sunday, 1pm – 5pm

Step back in time to the heyday of Scotland’s weaving industry. Weaver’s Cottage vividly recreates the living and working conditions of a typical handloom weaver, right down to the low ceiling beams and period furniture. You’ll be able to see the old loom the weaver would have worked on, before having a go at weaving for yourself. A picnic in the pretty cottage garden afterward is recommended too!

Lochwinnoch

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

Saturday & Sunday, 10am–5pm

This beautiful wetland is home to wigeons, whooper swans and more species of duck than you can imagine! Follow the woodland trails and be sure to take your binoculars with you for the viewing hides. Kids can also do a spot of pond dipping and learn more about the plants and animals that call Lochwinnoch home.

 

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

Saturday & Sunday, 10am–5pm

Of course, the walks and trails are always open to explore, but this is your special chance to climb the lookout tower and enjoy the wildlife and stunning views over the loch and beyond. Lookout tower tours will run from 10.30am–3pm.

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