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The local area guide to living in Bridge of Weir

The quaint village of Bridge of Weir is situated within the county of Renfewshire, in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. The 'weir' part of its name is a reference to a salmon weir, which used to be located on the Gryffe. The bridge at Bridge of Weir was constructed around 1770. While the original bridge is no longer in existence, it was replaced with a more modern structure in 1964. With close proximity to the major city of Glasgow, residents here have access to some of the best shopping and facilities in the country.

In the 18th century, the village was a central hub for cotton and flax mills, with the River Gryffe powering cotton spinning and blanket making mills. Eventually, the village went on to support three tanneries – one of which, The Bridge of Weir Leather, still remains today. Over time, the population here has expanded and now Bridge of Weir is home to a sociable community. The offerings including shops, restaurants, pubs and fantastic golf courses, alongside all your usual amenities.

Information about the local residents

At the time of the 2011 census, the population here was recorded as 4,884. Approximately 20% of the population were under the age of 16 and 16% of the population were aged 65 and over. Nearly all (86%) of the residents here were born in Scotland, the majority of other residents having moved to the country from England and Wales.

Bridge of Weir is a higher income area of Scotland with a large proportion of the population over 45. In fact, almost a fifth of the population was retired at the time of the census. As to be expected with this demographic, many residents here own their own home, with over two thirds of the population living in a house or bungalow and a third in a maisonette, flat, or apartment. There is also a high proportion of people in employment (66%).

Nearby schools

To get to the nearest primary school, you needn’t travel far. Bridge of Weir Primary School is located in the heart of the village and as of September 2015 had 429 pupils and 22 full time teachers. The local school boasts a great academic record too and was assessed as ‘very good’ in all areas in the latest inspection report by Education Scotland. The primary school also has its own nursery department, with the nursery class assessed to be ‘good’ too.

For children aged 11+, the secondary school of choice is usually Gryffe High School. While it’s not located in Bridge of Weir itself, the prosperous school sits just a mile and half away. Like the local primary school, Gryffe High was assessed as ‘very good’ in its latest report by Education Scotland. There are also options for further education nearby at the University of Glasgow, located 14 miles away. Ranked 51st in the QS World University Rankings in 2013, it’s thought of as one of the best universities in the world.

Getting around

Thanks to the village’s close proximity to Glasgow, travel in and around the Bridge of Weir is easy. There’s an excellent road network, plus good routes for walking and cycling within the village and to the nearby towns.

While the village no longer has its own train station, Milliken Park Station is just 10 minutes away by car. The station offers easy access to Glasgow, where you can change for quick and efficient routes across the UK. If it’s more locally you wish to travel, the local bus operator, McGills Bus Services, offers a couple of services that run six days a week. The X 7 and X 7A bus services provide transport to Greenock, Glasgow, and Johnstone.

Local shops

You’ll find a variety of shops scattered across the village, the main shopping areas being Livery Walk and Main Street. Here, there are a number of independent stores, cafes, banks, and a Boots Pharmacy. The village also has its own Co-operative Food, where you can pick up all your day-to-day groceries. Larger supermarkets, like Morrisons and Lidl, are also situated close by in Johnston. They can be reached in 10 minutes by car and are serviced by the local buses too.

If you’re looking for high street stores like M&S, it’s best to head to some of the other nearby towns like Dunbarton and Paisley, both located six miles away. You might also like to take the trip into Glasgow, a half hour drive away, to enjoy big city shopping. Here you’ll find malls, independent boutiques, and a variety of great speciality shopping streets.

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