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The local area guide to living in Barrhead

Barrhead lies around 13 miles south-west of Glasgow in Scotland. It is a small town in the council area of East Renfrewshire – a stunning hilly area close to the Gleniffer Braes, which are home to the Robertson National Park. Barrhead gets its name from “barr” which is agricultural language for the ploughed furrows used in crop cultivation. The first homestead would eventually be known as the “barrhead” as it lay at the head of the “barrs” – slowly but surely that then grew into the town we have today. Local activities include the Barrhead Heritage Trail, 3 walks that take you to 25 significant sights. Notably, the Arthurlie Cross/Arthur’s Cross, which is a 9th Century carved stone plaque, is well worth the walk.

Information on the local residents

According to the 2011 census, Barrhead’s populace reached a total of 17,443 – with the main age demographic ranging from 30 to 59 years old making up 41.6%. The most prevalent local industries are the “wholesale and retail trade, including repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles” and the “human health and social work activities”, both commanding 16.8% of the trade industry in Barrhead. 5.6% of residents are unemployed, amounting to around just 717 people.

Approximately 92.9% of Barrhead is identified as White Scottish, and is divided almost completely into thirds religion-wise, between Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic and having no religion at all. There are many churches due to this fact that roughly two thirds of the populace are strongly religious.

Nearby schools

This town provides its younger population with 5 Primary schools and 2 Secondary schools. Of the Primary institutions, Carlibar Primary School and St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Primary School stand out. Carlibar provides specialist units for helping children with communication problems and specifically those on the autistic spectrum. St. Mark’s meanwhile glows extremely brightly on it’s last Education Scotland inspection report, with the majority of areas being cited as “Excellent” with only a few lapses into “Very Good” – this means that St. Mark’s is without doubt a leading establishment.

The Secondary schools, St. Luke’s High School (a certified “School of Ambition”) and Barrhead High range between “Excellent” and “Good” with St. Luke’s being the clear superior with the majority being “Excellent”. This means that, like St. Mark’s, St. Luke’s is industry-leading.

Getting around

As Barrhead is a small town, you may not expect it to boast its own train station, but it does! Barrhead Railway Station can get you into the city centre of Glasgow in around 15-20 minutes, so if you crave the urban atmosphere it is not too far away. Reliant bus services from McGill’s can take you to Paisley, Glasgow, Silverburn and more. As of 2014, Barrhead boasts a new £390,000 cycle path that links Barrhead to the National Cycle Network and takes cyclists safely into the Brownside Braes of Renfrewshire.

If the car is your preferred mode of transport, then you can be on the M77 within 12 minutes from Barrhead, and on to Glasgow in 25 minutes. No points for guessing that Barrhead doesn’t have its own airport - have no fear if it’s tropical air you desire, Glasgow International is only a short ride away.

Local shops

Unfortunately, Barrhead is not the epicentre of retail diversity – for your outlet needs, use nearby Paisley and Silverburn shopping malls. Barrhead itself has 2 supermarkets, Tesco and ASDA – not to say that you won’t find local delights at markets, take the Barrhead Fish Market, where you can soak up the community atmosphere as well as pick up a bargain!

Barrhead has a great choice of pubs, but one you should pay attention to is The Cross Stobs, which has been a mainstay of Barrhead culture since 1695. Other options for a typical Barrhead evening would be The Kelburn, The Arthurlie Inns, The Fereneze Inn or The Brig Inn.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.