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Loch Awe Holiday Park

Sleeps 6
Pets 1
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Loch Awe Holiday Park is your ultimate gateway to the breathtaking Highlands and islands, conveniently located just 12 miles from Oban.
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Loch Shuna Lodges

Sleeps 4
Pets 2
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Set in an idyllic sheltered position in the centre of the Island of Buidhe and surrounded by spectacular scenery, clear waters and unspoilt islands, Loch Shuna is a paradise for lovers of nature, wildlife, walking and water pursuits.
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Oban Holiday Park

Sleeps 6
Pets 2
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Nestled 2 miles south of gateway to the Herbridean Isles town of Oban in the western Highlands, Oban Holiday Park is home to a mix of stylish and contemporary accommodation with stunning views over the Isle of Kerrera.
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Argyll Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Renfrewshire, a Scottish gem where culture and adventure converge. Savour local flavours at bustling farmers' markets and indulge in fresh seafood at waterfront eateries. Get your heart racing with activities like kayaking on Castle Semple Loch or uncover Paisley's rich textile heritage at the Abbey. For an unforgettable experience, take a scenic drive through the Gleniffer Braes. Did you know Paisley could have been the birthplace of the global thread industry? Whether it's a cosy retreat for two, a fun-packed family trip, or a chill weekend with friends, a lodge stay in Renfrewshire is hard to top.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Renfrewshire?

Renfrewshire is a vibrant mix of old and new, where industrial heritage meets contemporary living. It's a place where the River Clyde widens and welcomes visitors with open arms. In 2024, the area is buzzing more than ever, with the annual Paisley Food and Drink Festival offering a taste of local and international cuisines. Lodges offer a personal touch, more space, and a sense of seclusion that hotels can't match. Renfrewshire's unique charm lies in its blend of bustling towns and serene landscapes. It's a county where you can explore historic sites like Paisley Abbey by day and retreat to the tranquility of a lodge by night.

If you're visiting Renfrewshire with kids

Absolutely, Renfrewshire is a playground for the little ones. With attractions like Snow Factor for year-round skiing and sledging, to the interactive wonders at the Secret Collection, there's no shortage of excitement. Lodges give families room to breathe, with living spaces for downtime between adventures. Plus, they often come with outdoor areas for kids to play.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Waterproof jackets – the weather can be unpredictable
  3. Swimwear for the Lagoon Leisure Centre's pool
  4. Outdoor toys for lodge garden playtime
  5. Snacks for energy boosts during outings
  6. Any necessary medication or first aid supplies
  7. Chargers for devices to capture memories
  8. Bedtime storybooks for cosy evenings

Pet Friendly Renfrewshire Adventures

Renfrewshire rolls out the red carpet for pets, especially dogs. You'll find a number of eateries like The Bull Inn in Paisley that welcome four-legged friends. When booking your lodge, keep an eye out for those with enclosed gardens – it's a game-changer for pet owners. Also, consider the proximity to walking trails for easy access to exercise spots.

Dog walking ideas in Renfrewshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Gleniffer Braes Country Park Varies Countryside & Views PA2 8TE
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Varies Lakes & Hills PA11 3SG
Castle Semple Loch 1.5 Lochside PA12 4EA
Barshaw Park 1 Parkland PA1 3TJ
Finlaystone Country Estate Varies Woodland & Gardens PA14 6TJ

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to sweep your partner off their feet, consider a romantic lodge break in Renfrewshire. It's a place where love can bloom amidst the serene Scottish landscapes. For those special moments, some lodges offer pamper packs to spoil your significant other. Imagine a chilled bottle of bubbly, chocolates, and rose petals scattered around – these little touches make all the difference.

For the ultimate relaxation, look for lodges that provide spa experiences. A couple's massage followed by a gourmet meal at a local restaurant sets the scene for a perfect evening. And let's not forget the allure of a private hot tub under the stars – it's a must for any couple seeking a romantic escape. The warm, bubbling waters are a haven for intimate conversations and unwinding together after a day exploring Renfrewshire's charm.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Renfrewshire's local cuisine is a delightful mix of traditional Scottish fare and contemporary dishes. You haven't truly experienced the area until you've tried the local haggis or savoured fresh seafood from the nearby coast. For a memorable dining experience, couples should book a table at The Wee Restaurant, known for its intimate atmosphere and exquisite food.

Families looking for a friendly dining spot should head to Cardosi's, which offers a warm welcome and dishes that cater to all ages. It's a local favourite for its hearty meals and relaxed vibe.

For a good night out

When the sun sets, Renfrewshire comes alive with options for a great night out. If you fancy a pint and some live music, The Bungalow Bar is the place to be. With its vibrant atmosphere and stellar reviews, it's a hit with both locals and visitors.

For those who enjoy a more laid-back evening, Houston's Bar & Grill offers a selection of fine ales and a cosy setting. It's the perfect spot to unwind and chat about the day's adventures.


Anglers will find Renfrewshire a delightful spot for fishing, with several lakes and rivers teeming with aquatic life. Here's a list of the main fishing spots:

  • Castle Semple Loch - PA12 4EA
  • Glenburn Reservoir - PA2 8UR
  • Harelaw Dam Fishery - PA10 2PQ
  • Barr Loch - PA12 4JB
  • Black Cart Water - PA3 3DB

Outdoor Adventures

For those seeking thrills, Lamont Farm Project offers a range of outdoor activities. From horse riding to archery, there's something for everyone. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £30 for an archery session. They're open year-round, but it's best to check ahead for seasonal activities.

Watersports enthusiasts should head to Castle Semple Visitor Centre, where you can indulge in sailing, windsurfing, or canoeing. Prices are reasonable, starting at about £15 for equipment hire, and they're open from spring to autumn.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Intu Braehead Shopping Centre High-street brands, dining, entertainment PA4 8XQ
Piazza Shopping Centre Indoor Market Local crafts, fashion, gifts PA1 1EN
Silverburn Shopping Centre Retail Hub Boutiques, beauty, homeware G53 6QR
Love Local Gift Shop Handmade souvenirs, artisan goods PA1 2AF
Leah's Creative Designs Artisan Store Custom artwork, unique gifts PA3 2LB

Whether you're after a romantic getaway, a family meal, a lively night out, some peaceful fishing, outdoor fun, or a shopping spree, Renfrewshire's lodges offer the perfect base to experience it all.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Renfrewshire

Arran Hills, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: 19.31 miles / About 29 minutes | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Arran Hills offers a serene getaway in the picturesque Ayrshire countryside, with each accommodation boasting a private hot tub and enclosed decking, perfect for unwinding and soaking up nature.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families, couples, and pet owners seeking a peaceful retreat, Arran Hills is particularly appealing for its stunning location, hot tub luxury, and proximity to beaches and golf courses.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can indulge in country walks, cycling, and horse-riding. The nearest town, Kilwinning, offers dining options, while each lodge's hot tub provides relaxation after a day's adventures.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the sandy beaches of Troon and Ayr, with golf enthusiasts finding excellent courses nearby. These attractions are within a short driving distance and offer a range of activities for all ages.

Accommodation options: Arran Hills features a variety of accommodation options, including the Ballard pods and Ben Lomond lodges, suitable for families, groups, and couples. All lodges are pet friendly, adding to the convenience for pet owners.

Wemyss Bay, County Antrim

Driving Distance: 24.09 miles / About 38 minutes | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Wemyss Bay is a dynamic holiday base with a heated indoor pool, sauna, outdoor adventure playground, and an amusement arcade, offering a fun-filled stay with stunning isles nearby.

Who will love these lodges? Families and groups looking for an active break will love Wemyss Bay for its extensive facilities and activities, including walking and cycling trails, and ferry trips to Bute and Arran.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy the pool, sauna, playground, and dining at The Livingstone’s Bar and Grill or Café@Wemyss. Evening entertainment is available in the Showbar.

What's nearby? Explore the local area with ferry trips to the isles of Bute and Arran, offering a range of outdoor activities and scenic beauty, all within a short drive or ferry ride from the lodge.

Accommodation options: Wemyss Bay offers a selection of lodges, including the spacious Ballantine Lodge and the contemporary Murray 2 Bed Lodge, catering to families and groups. Some lodges are pet friendly, but not all have hot tubs.

Hunters Quay, Argyll

Driving Distance: 25.83 miles / About 1 hour and 6 minutes | Sleeps: 7 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Hunters Quay is an award-winning holiday village with panoramic views, offering a Go Active+ Breaks Collection, a new showbar, and a partnership with Papa John’s for delicious pizza on site.

Who will love these lodges? Perfect for families and active travellers, Hunters Quay provides a wide range of activities, including sports, adventure golf, and a pirate ship play centre, ensuring entertainment for all ages.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite activities include archery, fencing, and a fitness centre. The new Hunters Arena offers shows and activities, while the Loch & Play area is great for kids and adults alike.

What's nearby? The seaside town of Dunoon is nearby, offering woodland walks, hill hikes, and cycling along the shoreline. The Holy and Argyllshire Mountains provide stunning natural backdrops for outdoor enthusiasts.

Accommodation options: Hunters Quay features a range of luxury lodges with hot tubs, such as the Luxury 2 bed Hot Tub Lodge, catering to families, friends, and pet owners looking for a lavish escape.

Dundonald Lodge Retreat, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: 27.80 miles / About 40 minutes | Sleeps: 12 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Dundonald Lodge Retreat offers a luxurious sanctuary with custom-designed lodges, a state-of-the-art gym, and the Canny Crow restaurant, providing a modern twist on the traditional Scottish getaway.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for those seeking opulence and relaxation, Dundonald Lodge Retreat caters to couples, business travellers, and groups with its high-end accommodations and world-class amenities.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can indulge in fine dining at the Canny Crow, enjoy the gym, or relax in the lounges. The resort is designed for relaxation, with no specific onsite entertainment but plenty of luxury amenities.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Harbour Arts Centre, Eglington Park, Irvine Beach, Hampden Park Stadium, and the Scottish Maritime Museum, all within a short drive.

Accommodation options: The retreat offers a range of lodges, such as the six-bedroom Dundonald and the two-bedroom Carricks, each with modern amenities and stunning views. Some lodges are pet friendly, but none have hot tubs.

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Renfrewshire

Paisley Abbey

  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:30
  • Prices: Free entry, donations welcome
  • Postcode: PA1 1JG
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Abbey Close Car Park

Paisley Abbey is a stunning piece of architecture with a rich history dating back to the 12th century. It's ideal for those who appreciate gothic buildings and want to delve into Renfrewshire's past. Keep an eye out for the Abbey's unique 'alien gargoyle' that resembles a certain extraterrestrial from a famous sci-fi movie. The best time to visit is during a quiet weekday. Don't miss the Abbey's gift shop for some unique souvenirs.

Phone number: 0141 889 7654 | Web:

Coats Observatory

  • Opening Times: Tue-Fri 11:00 - 16:00, Sat 12:00 - 16:00
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: PA1 2DE
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Stargazers and science enthusiasts will love Coats Observatory, a gateway to the stars right in the heart of Paisley. It's the oldest public observatory in Scotland and offers a chance to peer into the cosmos. They often host themed nights, so check ahead for any special events. Visiting during the evening open nights gives you the best stargazing experience. Tip: Dress warmly for evening visits as it can get chilly.

Phone number: 0300 300 1210 | Web:

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

  • Opening Times: Daily 09:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Free entry, activity prices vary
  • Postcode: PA11 3SG
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: Visitor Centre Car Park

Outdoor adventurers, this one's for you. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park is Scotland's largest regional park and offers activities like hiking, cycling, and water sports. It's a great spot for families and friends. The park is constantly updating its activity roster, so there's always something new to try. Spring and autumn are particularly beautiful for a visit. Remember to check the weather and wear appropriate gear for outdoor activities.

Phone number: 01505 842 882 | Web:

Weaver's Cottage

  • Opening Times: Check website for seasonal opening times
  • Prices: Adult £6.50, Concession £5.00
  • Postcode: PA10 2PZ
  • Est. time required: 1 hour
  • Nearest parking: On-street parking nearby

Step back in time at Weaver's Cottage, a preserved example of a traditional weaver's home. It's a hidden gem for those interested in textile history and traditional crafts. The cottage often hosts live demonstrations of weaving and spinning. Visit during one of these demonstrations for an immersive experience. Tip: Chat with the knowledgeable volunteers for insider stories about the cottage's past.

Phone number: 01505 613 288 | Web:

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

  • Opening Times: Currently closed for redevelopment, check website for updates
  • Prices: Free entry when open
  • Postcode: PA1 2BA
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Orchard Street Car Park

Art lovers and history enthusiasts, keep this one on your radar. Paisley Museum and Art Galleries is undergoing a major transformation and is set to become a world-class cultural destination. With its reopening, expect new exhibitions and interactive displays. Keep an eye on their website for the latest news on the grand reopening. Once it's open, early mornings or late afternoons are less crowded.


Lamont Farm Project

  • Opening Times: Daily 11:00 - 15:00
  • Prices: Free entry, donations appreciated
  • Postcode: PA8 6BU
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Families with kids, you're in for a treat. Lamont Farm Project is a community-run animal welfare project that offers a chance to meet and learn about various farm animals. They often have baby animals to see, especially in the spring. Visiting on a weekday can mean more one-on-one time with the animals. Remember to bring some spare change for feed, which can be purchased on-site to give to the animals.

Phone number: 0141 812 5335 | Web:

Whether you're staying in one of the cosy lodges in Renfrewshire or just passing through, these attractions offer a diverse range of experiences for all ages and interests. Enjoy your adventures in Renfrewshire!


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by nature. Many lodges in Renfrewshire offer stunning views and come with amenities like hot tubs and log fires. It's a chance to unwind, explore the outdoors, and enjoy some privacy.

What should I pack when visiting Renfrewshire?

Pack for all weathers – a waterproof jacket and walking boots for exploring, plus layers for chilly evenings. Don't forget swimwear for hot tub lodges and a camera to capture the scenic beauty. Essentials like toiletries and a first aid kit are always a good idea.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Renfrewshire have dedicated parking spaces, often right outside your door. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. If you're unsure, check with your specific lodge before arrival; they'll give you the lowdown on parking.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain is part of the charm! Many lodges come with board games, books, and cosy interiors perfect for a lazy day in. Plus, Renfrewshire has indoor attractions like Paisley Museum and Braehead Shopping Centre to keep you entertained.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely, local takeaways and some supermarkets offer delivery services to lodges. For a special treat, check out local farm shops or delis like Billington's of Lenzie for fresh, local produce to cook up a storm in your lodge kitchen.

Is Renfrewshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Definitely! Renfrewshire is quieter and often more affordable off-season. You'll enjoy the same beautiful landscapes with fewer crowds. Plus, many lodges have heating and hot tubs, making them perfect for a cosy winter break.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, hot tubs are usually cleaned and maintained between guests. Lodge owners in Renfrewshire take cleanliness seriously, so you can expect a sparkling tub ready for your first dip.

Are there activities for kids near the lodges?

Renfrewshire is great for kids, with outdoor spaces like Gleniffer Braes Country Park for a romp in the fresh air. Indoor play centres and the interactive Weaver's Cottage in Kilbarchan offer fun learning experiences too.

Can I bring my pet to the lodge?

Many lodges in Renfrewshire are pet-friendly, so your furry friend can join the adventure. Just check the lodge's pet policy when booking. There are plenty of walks and parks for them to enjoy as well.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't skip a visit to the historic Paisley Abbey or a stroll around the charming Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve. For a unique experience, catch a show at the Paisley Arts Centre or explore the local craft ales at Gleniffer Braes Brewery.

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