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Paisley lies on the outskirts of Greater Glasgow on the banks of the River Cart in the central Lowlands of Scotland.

It is the fifth largest urban area in Scotland yet does not have city status and is still referred to as a town, but this has certainly not hampered Paisley's successful growth since its origins as a small settlement based around a medieval priory.

The town's major claim to fame stems from its important place in the region's industrial history - as a major production centre for textiles it coined its own iconic cloth pattern that is still known the world over as Paisley.

Shoppers in the town flock to the Piazza Shopping Centre, which offers many major high street chains spread over three floors. Paisley also boasts several popular continental markets that take place regularly, as do excellent farmers' markets.

Read more about Paisley in the About Paisley section.