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Primary Destinations
Erskine Bridge • Glasgow Airport • Greenock • Paisley
Other Important Destinations
Erskine • Gourock • Inverkip • Port Glasgow • Renfrew • Wemyss Bay
Current Highway Authorities
East Renfrewshire Council • Glasgow Council • Inverclyde Council • Renfrewshire Council
Ayrshire • Dunbartonshire • Lanarkshire
Transport Scotland Roads
M8 • M77 • M898 • A8 • A78 • A737 • A898
This article is about the County.
For the Highway Authority, see Renfrewshire Council

Renfrewshire is a traditional county lying along the southern shore of the Firth of Clyde in the west of Scotland. Since 1996 it has been split into three unitary authorities - East Renfrewshire Council, Inverclyde Council and Renfrewshire Council, with a small portion at the eastern end now covered by Glasgow Council. The County town is not Renfrew, but the much larger Paisley which lies just south of Renfrew, but its suburbs are now continuous with those of Glasgow.

Geography & Economy

The B776 in the rural south of the county

The county is long and thin in shape, running to the south of the Clyde and climbing, sometimes steeply up to the hills and muirs that line the Ayrshire border. Much of the county is urbanised, and consumed by the Glasgow urban area. Even the urban area around Greenock does not feel too far removed from Scotland's largest city, and is certainly in the commuter belt. Greenock and Port Glasgow are, as their names suggest, a part of the historic complex of docks along the Clyde, which also exist further along the shore at Renfrew. Neighbouring Gourock is a more genteel place, and in character it fits more closely with the resorts that line the outer Firth of Clyde, originally serving as day trip destinations for Victorian Glaswegians.

The economy across much of the county is Industrial, the docks and ports of the Clyde having created it, but it has been sustained to a greater or lesser extent even with the closure of so many docks. Some of the towns have suffered a little from the growing dominance of Glasgow, but others survive intact, boosted by the suburban commuterland that now envelops them. Farming and Forestry play a lesser role in the more rural south of the county, but much of this land is now used for leisure pursuits, whether controlled like golf courses or left to nature in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Country Park.


The busy M8 near Braehead

The county is well served by the east-west M8 - A8 corridor which runs out from Glasgow past Paisley to Greenock. The A770 / A78 continues the run around the coast to the boundary at Wemyss Bay. Inland, the urban fringe of Glasgow is, as can be expected, well served with a network of A and B roads, but the more rural south has fewer roads, although the scattered settlements still seem well served with B roads at least.

All non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by either Renfrewshire Council, East Renfrewshire Council or Inverclyde Council. The Trunk Roads, which include the A8, A78, A737, A898 and Motorways are managed by Transport Scotland. Ferries cross the Clyde from Gourock to Dunoon in Argyll and a passenger service to Helensburgh in Dunbartonshire. A Vehicle service also sails from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay on Bute.

Route From To Length
M8 Edinburgh, Midlothian Bishopton, Renfrewshire 61 miles View
M77 Glasgow Fenwick, Ayrshire 18 miles View
M898 Erskine Erskine Bridge 1 mile View  
A8(M) Hillington Southbar 6 miles View
A8 Edinburgh Greenock 68.8 miles View
A77 Glasgow Portpatrick 91.7 miles View
A78 Greenock Monkton 40.60 miles View
A726 Strathaven Erskine 31.2 miles View
A727 Darnley Philipshill Interchange 5.4 miles View
A727 Glasgow Clarkston Toll 5 miles View
A736 Braehead Irvine 24.1 miles View
A737 Glasgow Airport Shewalton, near Irvine 25.4 miles View
A739 Craigton, Cardonald Canniesburn Toll, Bearsden 5.0 miles View
A740 Glasgow Airport Johnstone 1.5 miles View
A740 Paisley Old Kilpatrick 6.5 miles View
A741 Paisley Yoker 5.4 miles View
A742 Greenock Inverkip 4.9 miles View
A754 Braehead Nitshill 3.5 miles View
A760 Largs Auchengrange 13.2 miles View
A761 Port Glasgow Glasgow 19.1 miles View
A770 Greenock Inverkip 8.0 miles View
A771 Cardwell Road, Gourock Gourock Bay 0.3 miles View
A825 Gourock Gourock Bay 0.4 miles View
A877 Glasgow Road Canal Street 0.5 miles View
A898 Erskine Old Kilpatrick Interchange 1.5 miles View   
B762 Hurlet Eastfield 8.4 miles View
B763 Dennistoun Shawlands 4.5 miles View
B764 Peel Park, East Kilbride Eaglesham 3.7 miles View
B766 Battlefield, Glasgow Thorntonhall 3.3 miles View
B767 Cathcart, Glasgow Eaglesham 5.5 miles View
B768 Ibrox, Glasgow Eastfield 5.8 miles View
B769 Crossmyloof, Glasgow Irvine 21.2 miles View
B770 Renfrew Nitshill 3.6 miles View
B771 Barrhead Charleston, Paisley 2.1 miles View
B772 Ferguslie Lonend 0.9 miles View
B773 Barrhead South Nitshill 1.3 miles View
B773 Gauze Street Bridge Street 0.1 miles View
B774 Paisley Barrhead 2.7 miles View
B775 Paisley Lugton 8.2 miles View
B776 Uplawmoor Howwood 5.6 miles View
B777 Kilbirnie Lugton 7.6 miles View
B785 Largs Lochwinnoch 13.3 miles View
B786 Lochwinnoch Kilmacolm 8.1 miles View
B787 Johnstone Howwood By Pass 3.6 miles View
B788 Greenock Kilmacolm 8.1 miles View
B789 Langbank Millarston 10.1 miles View
B789 Paisley Brookfield 2.7 miles View
B790 Bridge of Weir Inchinnan 5.3 miles View
B791 Paisley Road Glebe Street 1.1 miles View
B791 Kilmacolm Port Glasgow 4.9 miles View
B815 Erskine Bishopton 1.6 miles View
B7050 George Street Gallow Green Road 0.2 miles View
B7054 Inverkip Road Ingleston Street 1.5 miles View
B7054 Grey Place High Street 1.5 miles View
B7087 Greenlaw Crookfur Interchange 0.3 miles View     
T28 Gretna Stirling View
T91 Glasgow Monkton View


Primary Route
Non Primary Route
Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
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Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route


Main Article: Junctions in Renfrewshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Renfrewshire

NCN75 • NCN753 • A8 • A8(M) (Renfrewshire) • A8/Old Greenock Road • A77 • A78 • A726 • A727 • A727 (Glasgow - Clarkston) • A736 • A737 • A739 • A740 (Glasgow Airport - Johnstone) • A740 (Paisley - Old Kilpatrick) • A741 • A742 • A754 (Renfrewshire) • A760 • A761 • A770 • A771 • A825 (Gourock) • A877 • A898 • B762 • B763 • B764 • B766 • B767 • B768 • B769 • B770 • B771 • B772 • B773 • B773 (Paisley Abbey) • B774 • B775 • B776 • B777 • B785 (Largs - Lochwinnoch) • B786 • B787 • B788 • B789 • B789 (Paisley) • B790 • B791 • B791 (Kilmacolm - Port Glasgow) • B815 • B7050 • B7054 • B7054 (Greenock Centre) • B7087 • E05 • E111 (Old System) • Johnstone Motorway • M8 • M77 • M898 • NCN7 • Paisley - Hamilton Motorway • T28 (Britain) • T91 (Britain)
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