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Living in Bridge of Weir: The Local Area Guide

The friendly village of Bridge of Weir has a real community feel, with plenty of activities and amenities for the locals. While small, it’s just 14 miles away from the city of Glasgow – giving residents here the best of both worlds. Lying within the Gryffe Valley, the village is perhaps most famous for producing leather. During the 18th century, the river was used to power cotton spinning and blanket making mills. While this was an important aspect of trade here, it was the leather industry that really took off – with one of the main companies, Bridge of Weir Leather, still in survival today.

Life in Bridge of Weir is laid back and relaxed, and attracts families and older residents. The village is known for its golf history and still has two golf courses remaining, the Old Course Ranfurly and the Ranfurly Castle golf clubs, and its excellent local pubs. Hosting regular events, including poker and live music, The Gryffe Inn is perhaps the most popular spot in the village and a great place to relax with family and friends.


Demographic data comes from the 2011 census, where a population of 4,884 residents was recorded. 86% of residents were born in Scotland, the majority of others migrating from the UK and some from Poland. While the region has a median age of 43.5, there are still a healthy number of growing families here, with almost a fifth of the population under the age of 16.

With close proximity to Glasgow, Bridge of Weir is an ideal residence for commuters looking for a rural idyll away from the city. Those in employment (approximately one third of the population) work in a wide range of industries, with the most popular being human health and social work; wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; education and manufacturing. Only 3.9% of the population are unemployed and just under a fifth of the population are retired.


If you’re looking for good educational establishments away from the city, you’ll be pleased to learn that Bridge of Weir is home to a top primary school. Bridge of Weir Primary School has received praise from Education Scotland, who describe the school as ‘welcoming’ with an ‘inclusive ethos.’ They also assessed the school as ‘very good’ in all areas in their 2011 report.

Unfortunately, the small village doesn’t have its own secondary school but Gryffe High School, located less than two miles away, is a great option. It was assessed as ‘very good’ in all areas by Education Scotland in its 2009 report. The report also highlighted ‘positive relationships across the school’, ‘young people’s determination to do well’ and ‘the outstanding level of SQA awards gained by young people.’ Students looking to study at University will have the option of the University of Glasgow, located just 30 minutes away from the village. The University's teaching quality was assessed to be among the top 10 in the United Kingdom in 2009 and continues to rank highly in the World University Rankings.


Commuters can travel quickly and easily to the city thanks to the great road networks. Travel within the village is easy too – many choosing to walk or cycle. The old railway line is now a traffic free zone – ideal for cyclists and pedestrians.

The public transportation options are plentiful too. McGills Bus Services offers transportation to Greenock, Glasgow, Johnstone. While the village doesn’t have its own railway station, Milliken Park Station is situated close by. From here, you can catch the Glasgow to Ardrossan train and Glasgow to Largs train. Glasgow’s main station also offers good access to the rest of the UK. Air travel is available at Glasgow Airport too, which is approximately 15 minutes away by car.

Amenities and shopping

While the village is relatively small, residents here will have access to all the amenities they need – like supermarkets, cafes, doctors, and a pharmacy. The main shopping area lies in Livery Walk and Main Street, where you’ll find several independent shops, cafes, and a Boots Pharmacy. The village also has its own restaurants, including the popular Amaretto Ristorante & Pizzeria.

Residents can pick up their daily groceries at Co-operative Food, located in the village. For a bigger selection of groceries you can head to Johnstone, located three miles away, where you’ll find a Morrisons and Lidl. When it comes to high street shopping, the local towns of Dunbarton and Paisley are your best bet. For those happy to travel a little further, head to Glasgow, a 30 minute drive away.

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