With East Renfrewshire well and truly in the midst of winter, it's easy for people to get stuck indoors due to the cold.

However, the cold months can often be a great time to go out and embrace the outdoors so long as you're careful and keep an eye on the weather.

So with all this in mind, pop on a warm jacket and get out there and explore East Renfrewshire.

4 winter walks in and around East Renfrewshire

Here are four walking routes in and around East Renfrewshire perfect for the winter months:

Gleniffer Braes Country Park

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This country park is a natural moorland and as such contains wildlife like skylarks, meadow pipits, kestrels, and sparrowhawks.

The park is also home to cattle that are responsible for controlling local vegetation and maintaining the delicate ecosystem.

The park has dozens of tracks to follow as well as a number of beautiful formations to stop and look at such as Craigie Linn waterfall.

To find out more, please visit the Gleniffer Braes Country Park Tripadvisor page.

Waulkmill Glen, Ryat Linn, and Balgray Reservoirs

For some waterside walks, try the Waulkmill Glen, Ryat Linn, and Balgray Reservoirs near Barrhead.

Starting from Balgray Reservoir and ending near South Nitshill, this winter walk offers a moderate challenge.

The route is close to some of the region's major car links, so is accessible from all across East Renfrewshire.

Pollok​ Country Park

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Pollok Park in Glasgow's southside is a huge location complete with woodlands, walking paths, and well-kept gardens, Highland Coos, and is home to the Burrell Collection.

Pollok Park is also in the heart of the Shawlands area, making it an easy place to find tea or coffee after a chilly walk.

Find out more on the park's Tripadvisor page.

Whitelee Circular Walk

For something a little further out in East Renfrewshire, try the Whitelee Circular Walk.

This path is sparsely populated and very quiet save for the sound of the nearby wind turbines.

The site provides stunning views that stretch for miles and walkers can even enjoy a stroll around the nearby Loch Goin.

However, as this area is more remote, warmer clothing and safety precautions are advised during the winter months.