A CAMPAIGN has been launched to boost tourism in Renfrewshire.

With the summer holidays now in full swing, VisitScotland is urging people across Renfrewshire to support their local tourism industry by enjoying a day out close to home.

Among the jewels in Renfrewshire’s tourism crown that are being highlighted through the new campaign is the RSPB Scotland nature reserve in Lochwinnoch.

It has been hailed for offering unique wildlife to spot and also boasts an outdoor natural play area and an accessible trail, as well as hosting various family events, such as daily ‘drop-in activities’ for kids, pond dipping and bug hunting.

Tourism chiefs have also been singing the praises of the XSite Braehead leisure complex, in Renfrew, where the attractions include climbing, laser tag, a cinema, adventure golf and bowling, as well as shopping and dining, all under one roof.

Also highlighted in the campaign is Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, which is home to a range of outdoor activities and family-friendly sites such as Castle Semple Country Park. Visitors can keep their eyes peeled for otters, tawny owls, butterflies and deer.

Gordon Smith, VisitScotland’s regional director, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the tourism and events industry and we all have a part to play in helping it recover.

“We are encouraging people to get out and explore all the wonderful attractions we have on our doorstep.

“Renfrewshire is home to some fantastic days out that suit all ages and interests. Now is the time to get out and enjoy them.

“We’re asking everyone to support tourism by taking days out and considering a staycation. A day out can be anything from visiting an attraction, enjoying a meal with family and friends or exploring a new location.”

For more, visit www.visitscotland.com/holidays-breaks/day-trips.