Paisley is a town best explored on foot, with the majority of attractions being within a ten minute walk from Paisley Cross. The town has a few steep hills, and streets such as Church Hill, Meetinghouse Lane and the top end of Stoney Brae are for pedestrians only. Some of Paisley's town centre streets have been pedestrianised, such as High Street, Gilmour Street, County Place and Abbey Close.
Paisley town centre offers good access to shops and businesses for disabled visitors. Shopmobility is a scheme which lends manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and powered scooters to members of the public with limited mobility to shop and to visit leisure and commercial facilities within the town. In Paisley there is an outlet inside the Paisley Centre multi-story carpark, which is open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.15pm. For more information please see www.shopmobilityuk.org.
Paisley is located by two national cycle routes - 75 which runs from Inverclyde to Glasgow and Edinburgh, and also 7 which runs from the Highlands to Ayrshire and beyond. The nearest point to the town centre is at Paisley Canal station, 0.4mile/0.6km south of Paisley Cross.
Despite some challenging hills, the town centre is cycle-friendly, with bike racks found along most pedestrianised streets.
The attractions of Paisley are located within the town centre, but should you wish to travel further afield, there is a comprehensive network of local bus services. Timetables can be obtained from the Renfrewshire Council office in Cotton Street, or online at www.travelinescotland.com. Buses generally leave from Gauze Street, opposite the Town Hall, or Central Way, under the Piazza Shopping Centre multi-story car park. Bus services to Glasgow Airport leave from the bus stop on Old Sneddon Street, adjacent to the Paisley Gilmour Street station entrance.
The main taxi rank is at County Square, by the main entrance to Paisley Gilmour Street station. There are usually taxis sitting at the rank during the day, but in the evenings, you may have to wait a short while.
Renting a car is unnecessary to see Paisley, but the town makes a convenient base for exploring the west of Scotland. To the south is Ayrshire and Burns territory, to the north via the Erskine Bridge is Loch Lomond, and to the west is the Isle of Arran. Paisley avoids the congestion, parking problems and expense of Glasgow. And of course, Glasgow Airport is only a five minute drive from the town centre. Here are your options:
RENT A CAR LOCALLY
AK Vehicle Rental - We provide a wide range of vehicles for hire - cars, vans, trucks and even minibuses. Call us now on 0141 848 1515 (19 Underwood Road, Paisley - 10 minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street Station) or 0141 848 5445 (96 Hawkhead Road, Paisley) to see how we can help your transport hire needs. www.akrental.co.uk
Seedhill Service Station, 71 Seedhill Road, Paisley - 0141 887 2338. Seedhill Service Station Ltd. and Car Sales has been a family run business for over 33 years. We are proud of our reputation for looking after our customers and the type of service we provide. We have a comprehensive fleet of self drive hire vehicles available for hire at competitive prices from economy size to higher end of the market. (located 1 miles/1.6km east to town centre) www.seedhill.co.uk
Mitchells Hire Drive Ltd - 21 Abercorn Street, Paisley - 0141 848 1100. Available is a wide range of Cars and Commercial Vehicles, for rentals starting from only 4 hours. They offer the option of delivery and collection at no extra cost. www.mitchellshiredrive.co.uk.
RENT A CAR FROM GLASGOW AIRPORT
Alamo Rent-a-Car - Terminal Building, St Andrews Drive, Glasgow Airport, Paisley, PA3 2TJ Ph: 0141 5315220 Alamo Rent A Car is a great value, internationally recognised brand serving the rental needs of leisure travellers. Alamo offers low rental rates and a fun, hassle-free customer experience. www.alamo.co.uk.
Avis Rent-a-Car - St Andrews Drive, Glasgow Airport, PA3 2ST Ph: 0844 5446003. Avis worldwide operates in over 4,000 locations in 114 countries. Energy, enthusiasm, innovative industry leadership and an ethos of continuous improvement have characterised the company for many years. www.avis.co.uk.
Budget Rent-a-Car - Domestic Arrivals Hall, Glasgow Airport, Paisley PA3 2ST Ph: 0844 544 4604. You'll find Budget Rent-A-Car in over 950 city and airport car hire locations across 59 countries. From UK towns to popular holiday destinations and global locations, you'll always find low prices, a hire car in perfect condition and great customer service throughout your rental. In the UK we offer cheap van hire, with 5 sizes of vehicle. www.budget.co.uk.
Europcar - Terminal Building, Glasgow Airport, Paisley PA3 2ST Ph: 0141 5315220. Choose from our extensive range of top-brand new cars and get your car delivered and collected free, with freeDeliver. www.europcar.co.uk.
Hertz Car Hire - St. Andrews Drive, Glasgow Airport, Paisley, PA3 2SZ Ph: 0843 309 3031. With various special offers and programs Hertz car hire in UK has a car for everyone. Choose a car for any purpose from the prestige collection or the special fun collection of cars from Hertz. Choose SUVs from Toyota or premium car classes from Audi and Mercedes. http://www.hertz.co.uk.
National Car Rental - Terminal Building, St Andrews Drive, Glasgow Airport, Paisley, PA3 2TJ Ph: 0141 531 5220. National Car Rental has a wide range of economy car hire in the UK - perfect if you're driving locally with less luggage. Of course, if you are taking the whole family and have more to carry, there is plenty to choose from to suit your needs. www.nationalcar.co.uk.
Thrifty Car and Van Rental - Inchinnan Road, Paisley, PA3 2RP Ph: 0141 848 5002. Book car hire and van rental throughout the UK with Thrifty Car Rental. With over 80 UK locations to choose from, renting online couldn’t be easier. Take the stress out of hiring a vehicle by booking online with Thrifty Car Rental. www.thrifty.co.uk.
Dollar Rent-a-Car - Unit 4 Phoenix Industrial Estate, Inchinnan Road, Paisley PA3 2RP Ph: 0141 8485002. Dollar Car Hire offers a variety of vehicles for car hire at discount prices you will love, along with friendly service you won't forget. Whenever you are looking to hire a car in the UK, US, or worldwide, look no further than Dollar Car Hire for the perfect car hire. www.dollar.co.uk.