Renfrewshire Council

Abbey Drain 2018

Visiting Renfrewshire's hidden gems

I had a great couple of days out exploring some of Renfrewshire's hidden gems during Doors Open Days weekend.

More than 50 venues threw their doors open wide and I was delighted to see so many people out enjoying themselves and taking part in the activities on offer.

Many of the Doors Open Days favourites welcomed visitors, such as the Sma' Shot Cottages and Paisley Abbey, and there were also lots of new venues joining in the fun, ensuring there was something to peak everyone's interest.

I started my day off in the Council Chambers and then visited Paisley Police Office to find out more about how our hardworking officers keep our communities safe.

I was also incredibly lucky and managed to see inside the Abbey Drain! The medieval structure is located right in the heart of Paisley town centre but is shrouded in mystery to many of us. It was a bit daunting descending the ladder but once inside I was overwhelmed. It was definitely an experience.

On Sunday I headed to the Gleniffer Braes and it was brilliant to see such a great community turn out at the Discover Gleniffer Braes event. The event was created by Renfrewshire Council employee Joan Ferguson. I met the team from Growing in Glenburn and was shown around by Goldie the Youthicorn - Renfrewshire's Year of Young People mascot. Tom Urie was hosting the community stage and the atmosphere was electric! Joan was supported by Brick Lane Studios in staging the event and I think that the event was a huge success - despite the weather!

Events like Doors Open Days give us the chance to visit these unique places and it's important that we continue to take advantage of the opportunity to explore buildings we rarely get to see.

We're so lucky to have a wealth of culture and heritage on our doorstep.



Published 14 September 2018