helensburgh Travel Blog› entry 3 of 12 › view all entries
July 7th, 2007 – by: mellemel8
The town offers a range of shopping to suit most tastes and needs, and some very nice architecture. The highlight is The Hill House. This was completed in 1904 for the Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie and designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Today it is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.
The west end of Helensburgh almost merges into the settlement of Rhu, which is one of the main yachting centres on the Clyde estuary.
Helensburgh is an interesting place, attractive in its own right and an ideal touring base for much of west central Scotland. Yet it combines this with exceptionally good road and public transport links into Glasgow that make it equally good for those who prefer the city to the country.
The seafront has an indoor swimming pool, an esplanade walk and yachting facilities including the nearby marina at Rhu. The streets are built on a gentle slope rising to the north east, and at the brow of the hill a golf club has views looking south out over the town to the Clyde, and to the north across nearby Loch Lomond to the Trossachs hills.
A regular passenger ferry service runs from Helensburgh pier to Kilcreggan and Gourock, usually on the historic ferry Kenilworth; Craigendoran pier fell into disuse in the late 20th Century. The paddle steamer Waverley calls in to Helensburgh pier during summer sailings.
House prices are among the highest prices in Scotland.
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