Houston is a village in the Gryffe Valley 6 miles north west of Paisley and is based around a 16th century castle.
Houston’s historic village centre is a dedicated conservation area and is dominated by traditional white cottages, some dating from the 17th century. Some remains of the 16th century Houston Castle still exist in the grounds of Houston House and nearby is Houston and Killellan Kirk. Other landmarks include The Barochan Cross, an 8th century Celtic Christian cross, and the Craigends Yew, an ancient yew tree which is supposedly the oldest living thing in Renfrewshire at over a thousand years. The village contains two ancient wells which used to be considered to have healing powers. Houston is chiefly a commuter village but has a good range of shops, bars and restaurants. A beer festival takes place each year in the village, which is also home to a microbrewery, the Houston Brewing Compant. Bus services run to the village from Paisley and Glasgow, and the town is accessible by road via the A737.