East Renfrewshire council has launched a series of new videos showcasing some hidden gems and beautiful walks in the area, calling them “a great source of inspiration for anyone looking for things to do locally over the summer holidays.”

Funded by the UK Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the project aims to encourage 'pride in place' amongst residents.

The council has teamed up with local walking expert Gillian Craig, who presents the videos and recommends a range of local beauty spots to explore within East Renfrewshire. The videos also highlight the great selection of local businesses that can be found nearby each walk, and are complemented by a dedicated web page with route maps.

Harelaw dam and Long Loch feature in the videosHarelaw dam and Long Loch feature in the videos (Image: East Ren Council)

Speaking in a video introducing the project, Gillian said: “I love exploring new walking routes close to home. There’s so many fantastic hidden gems right on our doorstep.

“For me, there’s nothing better than heading out for a walk. Not only can walking help keep us fit, being surrounded by nature can help clear your mind and make you feel calm.”

Locations profiled in the new film clips include the Levern Walkway, Harelaw Dam, Greenbank Garden, Busby Glen, Eaglesham and Fereneze Braes. They join an existing series of videos covering Dams to Darnley, Whitelee Windfarm, Rouken Glen, the Craigie (Duncarnock Fort) and the Neilston Pad.

Busby viaduct is certainly worth a visitBusby viaduct is certainly worth a visit (Image: East Ren Council)

Councillor Danny Devlin, Convener for Environment and Housing, said: “There are so many fantastic hidden gems in East Ren, so why not get out for a walk over the summer months and explore somewhere new.

“We're really spoiled for choice with a great selection of local shops and cafes to grab a bite to eat when you are out and about.”

More information can be found at: eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/explore.