Lochwinnoch nature (bird) reserve.

This evening, I am posting information on the pleasant, residential community of Lochwinnoch which lies about 20 miles (32 km)  S.W.of Glasgow in the west of Scotland.

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Summary information as follows:

  • Origin of name not clear. May mean ‘Loch of the Birds’. There is no Loch (lake) Winnoch .
  • History dates back to the 12th century although the area was inhabited in prehistoric times.
  • Situated on southern bank of Castle Semple Loch. (See image below.)
  • Population about 2600.
  • In the 18th and 19th centuries was home to numerous textile mills and furniture making enterprises.
  • Community is served by three churches: two Presbyterian and one Catholic.
  • Home to a wetlands bird watching centre which is located on the southern end of Castle Semple Loch.
  • Served by a railway line. A second railway line was closed and the route converted to a cycle and walking path with direct link to Paisley.
  • Water and land based recreational facilities are available at Castle Semple Visitor Centre on the western side of the loch.

Castle Semple Loch, S.W. Scotland

Free Church, Lochwinnoch

Church Street, Lochwinnoch, Scotland

Church of St. John. Now a burial ground.

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