About the Project.

Barrhead Heritage Trail

Barrhead Heritage Trail

The aim of this project has been to provide a Heritage Trail for Barrhead that will help to regenerate the area and provide an interesting, educational and healthy walk for individuals, families, schools, residents and tourists. Working with a number of groups in the area, our idea has been to create a number of walks around Barrhead, each highlighting individual sites of historical importance. In conjunction with the walks a virtual tour would be set up on a website which will give historical detail and show images of Barrhead past and present. This will not only enhance current historical information on the website but encourage further interest in Heritage in the area and develop a sense of place for all age groups.

Twenty-seven historical sites were finally chosen that make up three walks around the town. Plaques have been designed to highlight the areas of historical significance so that they can be clearly identified. A trail leaflet has been made available which shows the walks and gives historical detail on the sites. The information and images for these sites was gathered from a variety of sources. Books, documents, newspapers, manuscripts, leaflets, photograph collections, slides and individual recollections were all used to put together the content for the plaques, leaflet and website.

A number of individuals and groups have worked together on this project, namely, Barrhead and Neilston Historical Association, Barrhead Community Council, ERC Cultural Services, ERC Planning Department, Health connect, ERC Community Web Developer and the Local Studies Officer. Together we have hopefully achieved our aim of creating a Heritage Trail that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike for many years to come.