In the early years of the 20th century, Paisley Burgh Council was looking for a site for a park which would be suitable for use by the public for recreational purposes.
Extensive grounds at Barshaw, which covered some 55 acres, were bought from the Arthur family in December 1911. The Arthur family was well known in Paisley and owned several firms in Glasgow.
Work was carried out on the park to bring it up to a suitable standard before its official opening on 15 June 1912.
Further information can be found on the Barshaw Park Wikipedia page.
Barshaw Park today
Today, you can use the following facilities for free:
- Model traffic area
- Nature corner
- Play areas - including equipment for special needs
- Walled garden
The opening times for Barshaw Golf Course are:
|Summer:||Monday to Friday|
7.30 am to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday*
7am to 9pm
|Winter:||Monday to Sunday*|
8.30am to 4pm
* Children must be accompanied by a playing adult on Saturdays and Sundays.
The park operates a model railway during the summer.
All prices for Barshaw Golf Course and Model Railway can be found using the Golf course link on our Fees and Charges webpage.
Paisley Model Yacht Club (PMYC)
Barshaw Park boathouse is home to the Paisley Model Yacht Club (PMYC) who have been sailing boats on the pond since 1895.
Boasting a British and European 12 Metre Yacht Class Championship winner within the ranks, success is passed through the club and Buddies are encouraged to come along to the park to try out the challenge of yacht racing.
A full programme of events are scheduled throughout 2016 for all to enjoy as part of the Paisley City of Culture Bid 2021 and the renovation of the park via the Friends of Barshaw Park group.
|Regular Sailing Days||Saturdays||1100 - 1300||International One Metre|
|Wednesdays (Winter)||1200 - 1400||International One Metre|
|Wednesdays (Summer)||1300 - 1600||International One Metre|
|Fridays||1100 - 1300||RC Laser|
|Club Series||3rd Wednesday every month||From February||International One Metre|
|2nd Friday every month||From March||RC Laser|
|Tri-Series Event||Saturday 2nd April||TBC||International One Metre|
|Open Event (Provisional)||Saturday 30th April||TBC||Strathclyde 70|
|Open Event||Saturday 14th May||TBC||International One Metre|
|Demonstration for public to try sailing||Saturday 28th May||TBC||RC Laser|
|Scottish Open Championship||Sunday 29th May||TBC||RC Laser|
|Barshaw Gala - Demonstration (Provisional)||Saturday 25th June||TBC||All|
|Tri-Series Event||Saturday 2nd July||TBC||International; One Metre|
|1895 Trophy||Saturday 23rd July||TBC||International One Metre|
|National TT||Sunday 21st August||TBC||RC Laser|
|Karachi Cup (East - West Team Event)||Saturday 24th September||TBC||International One Metre|
Friends of Barshaw Park
Friends of Barshaw Park are a group of local residents who run a website dedicated to Barshaw Park, listing its many activities and more.