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Living in East Renfrewshire - Invest East Renfrewshire

Living in East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire is rated among the top places to live in Scotland (Bank of Scotland Quality of Life Survey).
Ongoing investment and development ensure that East Renfrewshire continues to thrive.

New homes

Strong housing market with new homes in development

East Renfrewshire has one of Scotland's strongest housing markets. Existing residential land values remain among the highest in Scotland and house prices continue to increase.  Over 1000 new homes are in development at Maidenhill close to Newton Mearns and another 1000 at Barrhead South. Both developments will include green space and affordable housing and will result in the local area will benefiting from £20 million in developer contributions.


Home to three out of five of Scotland's top performing schools and with a proven-track record for the highest standard of education delivered in nurseries and schools.  Learn more about East Renfrewshire's top performing nurseries and schools.  We are committed to investing in education in the coming years:

  • £27 million replacement Barrhead High School
  • new £13 million pre-five and primary school for Newton Mearns that will see Jewish school Calderwood Lodge relocate onto a shared campus in a European first
  • new £9 million family centre in Busby and Clarkston
  • another new Newton Mearns primary school being planned for the future

Transport links

Enhanced transport links

Situated 20 minutes south of Glasgow city centre and connected to the M77 as well as train and bus routes, East Renfrewshire already offers great connectivity.  Multi-million pound investment into transport infrastructure will improve links  between communities and the M77, opening up new business locations.  A new rail station and road improvements in Barrhead will link new residential developments with communities across East Renfrewshire, improve access to Dams to Darnley Country Park and provide first-class commuter links to Glasgow city centre.

Things to do and see

East Renfrewshire has a great selection of restaurants and niche shopping for local people and visitors to enjoy. We are proud of our local high streets and the unique shopping and dining experiences they offer. I Love Clarkston and Giffnock Village are committed to driving footfall from the local area to local businesses and continue to ensure our town centres remain on the map. 
Our visitor attractions include:

  • Whitelee Windfarm, Eaglesham - largest onshore windfarm in Europe with over 70km of trails to explore.  It has a 4 star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board and a Gold Green Tourism award
  • Greenbank Garden, Clarkston - National Trust property offering a tranquil, inspiring garden setting to explore
  • Rouken Glen Park, Giffnock -  popular local park with boating pond, woodland walks, large children's play area &  scenic waterfalls.  It has a 4 star visitor attraction rating from Visit Scotland and Green Flag status
  • Dams to Darnley - Scotland's newest Country Park.  Investment is on its way to transform Dams to Darnley Country Park to a must-visit destination to an audience of 1.8 million people within an hour's drive of park by 2019.  Plans include a new visitor centre, cafe, boardwalk, leisure opportunities and a Wake Park Centre - the fastest growing extreme sport in the world.

Explore further information about days out in East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure has also been established and will continue to provide health, fitness and leisure opportunities for our local communities.