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Whether you are visiting the Paisley area or you are a native, it is the perfect starting point for a quick and fun day trip. Since Paisley is in a central part of Scotland, there is are a lot of fun places to check out on all sides of the city. Today we’ll highlight these places so you know where to go next time you find yourself visiting Paisley.


Plan a Beach Day

Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach? Paisley is located close to Troon Beach. At Troon Beach, you’ll find a bay-shaped body of water that is lined with a sandy beach. It is popular among those on holiday because of beach-access. You’ll also have access to fish and chips as well as ice cream just steps away from the shore. If you are looking for a sit-down meal, there are a variety of restaurants just inland of the shore that you can check out.


If you are into water activities, you’ll be happy to note that you can windsurf here or if you prefer to stay out of the water you can easily fly a kite! If you are traveling with kids, there is also a play park where they can play safely. The beach is dog-free from the months of May to September.


Day trip to Glasglow

Glasglow is a short commute from Paisley and is filled with fun things to see and do. For example, Glasglow is known for its unique architecture and historical sights that you can easily see by foot or by bike. If you are looking for something else to do in the city, the city is filled with fun museums and centers that you can spend endless hours exploring. Specifically, you should stop at the Glasglow Science Center to see fun new technological exhibits. Additionally, if you want to take a step back in time, you can check out places like the Museum of Piping or Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery. If you prefer outdoor activities you can take riding lessons in Glasglow or visit the Botanic Gardens.


Bask in Nature in Glencoe

If you are looking to spend the day outdoors, Glencoe is definitely a place you have to visit. In Glencoe, you will have the opportunity to take to the trails to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this area. You’ll have your pick from a variety of trails so you are sure to find something one that you can explore regardless of your skill level. Glencoe is also home to Lock Leven which is a lake that is filled with small islands. Here, you’ll also have to make sure to visit the Loch Leven Castle that is estimated to be built around the year 1300 and still standing today! It even once held Mary, the Queen of Scots a prisoner.


Live Like a King or Queen

Speaking of castles, another place you must visit is Inveraray Castle. It is a bit more up-to-date than the Loch Leven Castle. You can take a tour through the inside of the castle and experience what life was like during medieval times. You’ll have a great day exploring the castle and the grounds surrounding the castle. You’ll also have the opportunity to stalk or shoot on the castle grounds! If you don’t have time for those activities, you can stop by the gift shop to take home a souvenir to remember your trip to Inveraray Castle.


Spend Time Giving Back

If you have a little extra time, there are a lot of opportunities to volunteer abroad when you are visiting Paisley. You can visit Engage Renfrewshire to learn about volunteer opportunities in there. This organization supports groups in the community by promoting their volunteer opportunities. If you do not want to go through a formal organization, you can do a quick web search for organizations needing help near you. You’ll find a host of places near Paisley who need volunteers for a variety of projects. Do not stress if you can only offer one day of your time as every minute helps!


Overall, you’ll find that there are a variety of trips you can take from Paisley. Some of these trips include visiting fun and historical castles. Others include spending a relaxing day at the beach and enjoying some local cuisine. You could also spend your day volunteering your time to help others in the surrounding communities.