East Renfrewshire is situated to the south of the city of Glasgow. Approximately two thirds of it is rural farmland, encompassing the villages of Neilston, Uplawmoor, Waterfoot and Eaglesham. The remaining area is made up of the mainly suburban residential areas of Thornliebank, Giffnock, Clarkston, Newton Mearns and the town of Barrhead.
East Renfrewshire’s population is dynamic and changing. In 1981, 80,200 people lived in the area. In 2007, the estimated population was 89,260. The population is one of the most ethnically diverse in Scotland, with significant Jewish and Muslim communities. Half of the Jewish population of Scotland live here, along with increasing numbers of elderly people, rising school numbers and the highest proportion of families in Scotland.
East Renfrewshire has excellent transport links to the motorway network through the M77 and is only twenty minutes from Glasgow airport. Its proximity to Glasgow City centre means that there is a high level of commuting into the City. It has an excellent reputation for its schooling and its primary and secondary schools regularly feature amongst the top ones in Scotland
The area used to be part of the county of Renfrewshire and was known as Eastwood district but in 1976 a new local authority, East Renfrewshire, was formed, turning it into one of Scotland’s smallest but most progressive local authorities
East Renfrewshire has an exciting and interesting history, from the industrial town of Barrhead, with its mills and dye works which have long disappeared, to the famous Shanks of Barrhead Shanks, a name known throughout the world. Much of what we take for granted in the bathroom was pioneered by John Shanks. There are probably several million people using one of his products each and every day.
Any visitor to East Renfrewshire can enjoy the vast open countryside and beautiful leafy suburbs. It’s a diverse area, rich in heritage and culture and perfect for those who love the outdoors. A number of attractive destinations are also perfect for family outings.
Rouken Glen Park is a special feature of East Renfrewshire and can be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. From hosting national events to local fun runs, boating, leisure walks, waterfalls … Rouken Glen is at the heart of the community and well worth a visit
Scotland’s newest country park, Dams to Darnley, is being developed to the east of Barrhead and Europe’s largest on land wind farm, Whitelee, is situated to the south of the conservation village of Eaglesham.