The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in the area on Thursday 17 July on day 34 of an epic 40-day trek across Scotland.
It will visit every one of Renfrewshire’s 15 towns and villages in a day-long extravaganza of sport and entertainment.
The relay will start just before 8am in Howwood, and ending at 6.45pm in Paisley town centre. Our route map allows you to see the street-level detail – maybe it passes your front door?
The baton will be carried by around 150 specially-selected batonbearers – many of them grassroots sporting and community champions from Renfrewshire.
It will be carried within a specially-controlled convoy of police and other vehicles. Batonbearers will only carry the baton for part of the route (shown as a red line on the map) – for the rest it will travel by car (shown as blue).
The itinerary is as follows….
0759 – Baton relay starts in Bowfield Road, Howwood.
0817 – Arrives in Lochwinnoch
0836 – Arrives in Kilbarchan
0913 – Arrives in Johnstone
0929 – Stops in Houstoun Square Johnstone **
0958 – Arrives in Elderslie
1015 – Arrives in Linwood
1056 – Arrives in Brookfield
1109 – Arrives in Bridge of Weir
1126 – Arrives in Houston
1150 – Arrives in Langbank
1201 – Arrives in Bishopton
1236 – Arrives in Erskine
1357 – Stops at Park Mains High School, Erskine **
1415 – Arrives in Inchinnan
1427 – Arrives in Renfrew
1444 – Stops at Renfrew Town Hall **
1608 – Arrives in Paisley
1621 – Brief stop at Gallowhill Community Centre, Netherhill Rd, Paisley.
1708 – Stops at Ralston Sports Centre, Paisley
1810 – Baton begins journey down Paisley High Street
1818 – Baton reaches Paisley Abbey for finale performance **
1845 – Baton reaches Lagoon Leisure Centre (end of route)
** see event listing below
Be aware that the baton is held to strict timings and will only be in each area for a set amount of time. Photographs will only be allowed where time allows.
Along the way there will be various stops where the public will have their chance to get up close to the baton. Highlights are as follows….
All day – the chance to come and try all 17 Games sports at On-X sports centre in Linwood
0830 to 1200 – Free entertainment in Houstoun Square, Johnstone including circus-style street entertainers and a performance by the Pokey Hat Theatre Company. Baton stops at 0929 for 15 minutes.
1200 – 1700 – Renfrew Town Hall will host free entertainment, featuring circus-style entertainers. Face painters, kite/mask-making workshop. Renfrewshire Leisure staff will also be offering visitors the chance to try netball and carpet bowls at 1.30 and 3pm. Baton stops at 1444 for 15 minutes.
1200 to 1800 – County Square in Paisley will host street theatre by Pokey Hat, while members of the Commonwealth Youth Circus will be running workshops and going walkabout in the town centre during the day.
1357-1412 – Chance for the public to touch the baton as it passes round the running track at Park Mains High, Erskine
1818 – Finale performance by Commonwealth Youth Circus when baton reaches Abbey Close, Paisley.
Is your group running an event as part of the Relay? Let us know by emailing email@example.com and we’ll add it to this page.
Many of the events on the day are taking place in partnership with the Games for Scotland programme, managed by EventScotland, which forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.
Traffic and parking
Some temporary road closures and parking restrictions will be required on the day itself, so residents should be prepared for a degree of disruption while the baton is in their area.
All road closures and parking restrictions will be listed here….
Be a fan on the day
Fancy seeing the baton and want to show your support for Team Scotland?
The Glasgow 2014 people have provided a supporters’ kit, meaning you can download masks, horns and lots of other fun stuff to let you look the part on the day.