Are you looking for somewhere new to explore with your favourite companion? No, we’re not talking about your significant other. We’re talking about man’s (or woman’s) best friend – your faithful pet dog. There are few joys in life that top striding out with your furry, four-legged pal – whether that be for a short stroll or a long hike into the hills.

Of course, walking can work up an appetite, so you might want to take a picnic with you. Fill a rucksack with your favourite sandwiches, snacks and drinks – and don’t forget some fresh water and dog food for your pooch to settle their sensitive stomach.

But first, you need to decide where to go. If you’re located in western Scotland – you’re in luck. In the heart of Renfrewshire lies Paisley, home to some truly beautiful countryside, which means there are plenty of options when it comes to finding a spectacular spot for a wander. Here are just four of the best of them.


Gleniffer Braes Country Park

Open all year round and free of charge, Gleniffer Braes Country Park is the perfect place for a dog walk. With rolling acres of moorland and woodland, it offers plenty of contrast to catch the eye as you stretch your legs. A wide variety of birds soar high above – ideal for any keen twitchers out there – and if you’re really lucky you may even spot the odd deer among the trees.

Barshaw Park

If you’re looking for a slightly different vibe – perhaps one with a little more activity and scope for people watching – you could always try Barshaw Park. Spanning 55 acres, it includes a glistening pond which you can walk around, perhaps taking in a yacht race as you do.

Castle Semple Country Park

If you’re prepared to travel further out towards the west coast, Castle Semple Country Park is open 24/7 to keen walkers and their furry companions. Located on the banks of Castle Semple Loch, there are a wide variety of signposted trails you can follow. They range in duration from 20 minutes to an hour and a half, so you can tailor your trip to suit your needs – and those of your dog!

Glen Moss Wildlife Reserve

Roughly 10 miles to the north of Castle Semple is Glen Moss Wildlife Reserve. There are few better spots for a scenic walk, especially when you consider the amount of natural wildlife you can see along the way. Even if birds, dragonflies and wildflowers are not your thing, you’re bound to enjoy a peaceful stroll with the pooch. As a devoted dog lover, you’ll know there are few things that are better for the soul.


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