Renfrewshire Council

Barshaw Park

Barshaw Park


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.

Barshaw Park today

Today, you can use the following facilities for free:

  • Model traffic area
  • Play areas - including equipment for special needs
  • Walled garden

Golf course 

The opening times for Barshaw Golf Course are:

SeasonOpening Times
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.

Model railway

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.

Sailing ProgrammeDayTimeClass
Regular Sailing DaysSaturdays1100 - 1300International One Metre
 Wednesdays (Winter)1200 - 1400International One Metre
 Wednesdays (Summer)1300 - 1600International One Metre
 Fridays1100 - 1300RC Laser
Club Series3rd Wednesday every monthFrom FebruaryInternational One Metre
 2nd Friday every monthFrom MarchRC Laser
Tri-Series EventSaturday 2nd AprilTBCInternational One Metre
Open Event (Provisional)Saturday 30th AprilTBCStrathclyde 70
Open EventSaturday 14th MayTBCInternational One Metre
Demonstration for public to try sailingSaturday 28th MayTBCRC Laser
Scottish Open ChampionshipSunday 29th MayTBCRC Laser
Barshaw Gala - Demonstration (Provisional)Saturday 25th JuneTBCAll
Tri-Series EventSaturday 2nd JulyTBCInternational; One Metre
1895 TrophySaturday 23rd JulyTBCInternational One Metre
National TTSunday 21st AugustTBCRC Laser
Karachi Cup (East - West Team Event)Saturday 24th SeptemberTBCInternational 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.