Avenel sits within the village boundaries, less than a mile from the
centre of Kilmacolm. On its doorstep are the amenities and advantages
of village life and yet, bounded by the River Gryffe and farmland, it
offers all the benefits of country living.
Kilmacolm is an attractive conservation village set in the Gryffe valley less than 20 miles south west of Glasgow. It is surrounded by the rolling farmlands and moors of south Renfrewshire, only a few miles from the sweeping Clyde coast with its spectacular seaward views and ferry services to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Road and air connections are good, with a first class link to the M8 motorway giving swift access to Glasgow Airport (12 miles) and to Glasgow city centre (19 miles) with its excellent shopping and cultural facilities. Prestwick Airport (36 miles) is also within easy reach.
The village is now a much sought-after residential location, with many fine houses and mansions built by eminent architects such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh and James Salmon. It offers a full range of shops, social and recreational amenities and good educational facilities. St Columba’s School, a distinguished co-educational private school for both junior and senior pupils, is situated within the village and only a short walk from Avenel. There is also a wide choice of good private schools and world-class universities in nearby Glasgow.
Kilmacolm is ideal for sport-lovers, offering sailing in the Clyde Estuary, shooting, fishing, hill-walking and riding. The Knapps is famed for its brown trout and the river Gryffe which runs through Avenel has runs of salmon at the back end. The village also now has an excellent health and fitness centre at Birkmyre Park, together with clubs catering for tennis, squash, golf and bowling. Golfers can also take their pick of internationally famous courses including Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick or play at one of the many excellent local 18-hole courses.