Bridge of Weir – a Mill Magazine local guide by Craig Gillespie
There is so much to enjoy in this picturesque part of Renfrewshire, as Craig Gillespie introduces us to Bridge of Weir.
An idyllic village set in the Renfrewshire countryside, Bridge of Weir was once served by a railway line which is now a traffic-free cycle route. It’s accessible from Paisley and runs through the heart of the village.
If you want to save your energy for activities in the area, Bridge of Weir is well served by buses. There are also plenty of places to park and local walks to enjoy. Highlights include a two mile route through Pow Burn gorge, a trip along the banks of the River Gryffe and a visit to Quarrier’s Village.
If fishing is your thing, Bridge of Weir Angling Club is steeped in history. The River Gryffe is known for its salmon, trout and grayling.
Golfers are spoiled for choice with two courses on the edge of the village, namely the Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club and Ranfurly Castle Golf Club. Both are fun and challenging to play, and a test for golfers of all abilities. From the higher moorland part of the courses there are magnificent views of the Renfrewshire countryside and even further to Ben Lomond and the Campsie Fells. A warm welcome is extended to visitors at both clubs.
Whatever activity you choose you’ll no doubt work up an appetite, and there’s no shortage of choice within the village. The newest and arguably hottest spot is The Coach House. It’s a stylish bar and restaurant open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a laidback feel with dishes that are simple but big on flavour.
Amaretto Italian Kitchen & Bar has been around for over 10 years and prides itself on delivering authentic Italian food and wine in a warm and contemporary atmosphere. They also host regular events including popular wine-tasting evenings.
Bernie’s Café Deli is a relaxed and friendly place and a favourite stop for cyclists to refuel. There’s also the Lochnagar Café which has a large selection of home baking and a kids’ play area. If you venture a little further to Quarrier’s Village, the Three Sisters Bake is unmissable for cake and coffee or a delicious lunch.
For those of you with a sweet tooth, try Ice Mania, Bridge of Weir’s sit-in dessert parlour. They have a huge selection of shakes, cakes, ice cream, waffles and crêpes on the menu and a friendly staff who won’t judge you for having two puddings.
SHOP (if you’ve not dropped)
If the weather is putting you off from adventuring too much, there are some delightful shops to explore. The Lions Paw is a treasure trove of exclusive gifts for every occasion, and Gibb Stuart is a stalwart of the local community, providing dependable and friendly service for over 20 years. Anything – and we do mean anything – you might need for your home or garden can be found here.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bridge of Weir Leather Company manufactures leather for the automotive industry, with clients including Aston Martin. They were also namedropped in an episode in the American TV cop drama Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck.