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HELENSBURGH GUIDE

June / July 2021

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Your complete guide to Helensburgh, the Clyde Sea Lochs and Loch Lomond area  | Helensburgh | Rhu | Garelochhead & Rosneath Peninsula | Luss | Arrochar & Tarbet | Cardross | Dumbarton & Clydebank |


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elcome to Helensburgh!

Our town is filled with great things to see and do from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s magnificent Hill House to award winning restaurants and cafés. There is no shortage of amazing places to eat and drink with a broad selection of culinary dining experiences awaiting you. If you like to browse interesting shops then Helensburgh will not

disappoint with it’s delightful range of independent shops from fashion to interesting gift and food ideas. And with Helensburgh located right on the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail and so close to Loch Lomond and the many interesting activities all around, it it makes the perfect place to base your stay with so much to do all within a short distance of the town.

Enjoy your visit and hurry back again soon!

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An elegant town, with streets laid out in a grid pattern many of which are tree-lined, the most notable ones with Japanese Cherry.

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ELENSBURGH is approximately 20 miles north west of Glasgow. Sir James Colquhoun designed the town in 1780 and named it after his wife Helen.

Helensburgh has an outstanding collection of houses designed by famous architects including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Leiper and Honeyman. Mackintosh’s Hill House is the most well known and sits high above the Clyde commanding fine views over the estuary. Other famous local connections include Henry Bell who pioneered the steamship “Comet”, whose maiden voyage was from Helensburgh to Greenock. The original fly-wheel memorial can be seen on the east seafront esplanade. John Logie Baird, the inventor of television was born here, and a memorial to him can be found on the seafront. As well as being steeped in history and culture, Helensburgh is now rated as one of Scotlands best “Foodie” destinations where dining delights of all genres can be found in plentiful supply

THE SCANDINAVIAN SHOP 07748541720 www.scandinavianshop.co.uk Interesting gifts, jewellery, cards and unique household accessories with a Nordic twist. The Scandinavian Shop has been delighting Helensburgh for many years with its collections of products from around Scandinavia as well as Scottish products and is well worth a viit at all times of the year for gifts, souvenirs or just a special treat for yourself.

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SONI SPICE 01436 676746 Award winning Indian food delivered to your location or collected from their premises in Helensburgh. Freshly prepared to order, the chef is widely known for his great authentic regional dishes and amazing flavours. Also on the Just Eat delivery app. Open six days.

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THE GINGER BREADMAN 64 Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, G84 8TP 01436 268060 A cosy, family run bistro cafe where you can go for breakfast, coffee or lunch and enjoy a wealth of made to order food prepared right in front of you. You will enjoy breads and cakes baked fresh each day by the Ginger Breadman himself including his locally famous sour dough bread and delightful selection of cakes and treats.

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01436 676924 The Commodore is a Vintage Inns country pub oozing charm character. Its seafront position provides the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines. Enjoy the sea front beer garden.

THE RUBY 01436 674080

One of Helensburgh’s oldest and best loved Chinese restaurants. The Ruby offers a wide range of freshly prepared Cantonese and Peking cuisine served in in a delightfully refurbished upstairs restaurant with stunning sea views, especially at night.

THE ARTIST PATISSERIE 71 Sinclair, Helensburgh, G84 8TG. www.theartistpatisserie.co.uk A newly opened, family run artisan patisserie specialising is beautiful cakes and treats hand made by the small team of three. Visit to see what wonderful creations and delicious treats await you from small delightful patisserie pieces to birthday and wedding cakes specially made to order.


Colquhoun Square 01436 670077 www.sosfitness.co.uk The Journey is an energetic and creative ‘fitness, health & wellness’ centre in the heart of Helensburgh, delivering personal training memberships and wellbeing services to help you stay ‘Primed for Life’. Many join The Journey because they want to achieve a specific goal. With support from our team of fitness coaches, yoga teachers, massage therapists and an amazing, vibrant community, you’ll soon discover that what we can help you achieve, goes ‘beyond the goal’. You might wonder what the next level of a gym experience is? The solution isn’t more machines, more mirrors, more vanity. The Journey is different. Get in touch today to find out more.

HELENSBURGH HERITAGE TRUST 01436 675484 www.Helensburgh-heritage.co.uk The Trust can arrange guided tours through the town centre which has an interesting history and some fascinating architecture and monuments including Henry Bell and the famous steamship Comet. John Logie Baird, inventor of television was born here.

RIVA 01436 677796 www.rivahelensburgh.co.uk Helensburgh’s new Italian themed restaurant and bar offers a partnership between classic Italian flavours and strong Mediterranean influences matched with carefully crafted cocktails and wonderful Italian wines. Wine Tastings, Aperitivo Nights & Theme Nights.

LA JUPE 01436 268819 La Jupe is one of Helensburgh’s new and exciting venues. A nod to the little backstreet Paris wine bars the vibe in La Jupe is relaxed and friendly with a wine list to envy and food to delight. Try their wonderful range of assiettes matched with one of their superb wines to get a real taste of France.

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HELENSBURGH GOLF CLUB 01436 675505 www.helensburghgolfclub.co.uk Fancy golf while visiting Helensburgh? A warm welcome awaits you at Helensburgh GC with a fabulous moorland 18 hole course suitable for all levels. To check availability & to book simply contact Fraser at the pro shop who will be glad to assist.

THE MACKINTOSH CLUB 01436 674375 www.mackintosh.club Designed in 1894 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his first complete commission, Mackintosh Club at 40 Sinclair Street, is Helensburgh’s Creative Hub for Architecture, Art, Design and Music. A Gallery and Arts Venue that celebrate the’ Glasgow Four’ with both permanent and visiting exhibitions. Pop Up Events, Music and Art Workshops.

SCOTTISH SUBMARINE MUSEUM 01436 645006 www.scottishsubmarine. com The Scottish Submarine Centre pays tribute to the Royal Navy’s submarine service with a Cold War mini submarine, historical displays and images. Opening times listed as Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

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Places of note 1 The Hill House 12 Golf Course Upper Station 2 13 Victoria Hall 3 Hermitage Park 14 Rugby & Cricket Club Central Station 4 15 Submarine Centre & 5 Henry Bell Monument 15 Tower Cinema 6 John Logie Baird Bust 16 HighGreen Bowling Club 7 Mackintosk Club 17 Colgrain Bowling Club 8 Pier 18 Craignedoran Station 9 Comet Flywheel 19 Kidston Park 10 East King Street Park 20 Helensburgh Sailing Club 11 Swimming Pool and Gym 21 Helensburgh Ibrary 12 Outdoor Museum

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Parking 1 Kidston Park, 62 spaces, FREE 552 spaces, part pay & Display, bottom section FREE, 2 Pier, disabled spaces Sq, 82 spaces, pay & display, two hours FREE, 3 Colquhoun disabled spaces 4 Hermitage Park/Victoria Hall 28 spaces, disabled spaces 5 Central Station, 86 spaces, disabled spaces 6 Maitland St, 32 spaces, disabled spaces, FREE 7 Maitland St, on-street parking, restricted to two hours, FREE office parking, public use available Monday-Friday 8 Council evenings and weekends, FREE

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On-street parking restricted to one or two hours, look out for notices with specific details for each area. Be careful to park within studded spaces.

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ROWAN GALLERY 01436 670721 www.rowangallery.com The Rowan Gallery is located on the western end of Helensburgh’s sea front and features regular exhibitions and work from some of Scotland’s finest contemporary artists including Alison Cowan and Gordon Wilson. The gallery is a warm and welcoming space where you can take time to browse with helpful and knowledgeable advice on hand should you require it. The gallery is the perfect place to find a truly unique gift and the owners will arrange shipping to all destinations.

ANNAYAS 01436 – 670001 Multi award wiining Indian cuisine with a wide and varied menu to suit all tastes including a daily Specials Menu specialising in authentic regional favourites of the chef. Annayas has been raved about since opening in Helensburgh and has won numerous awards including Restaurant of the Year (South West) at the Scottish Curry Awards. A must visit for all the family.

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08444 932208 www.nts.org.uk Since it was built, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1904 domestic masterpiece the Hill House in Helensburgh has been absorbing the rain, putting the building and its unique interiors at risk. To protect the Hill House, The National Trust for Scotland has embarked on a pioneering conservation programme. The first stage has seen the construction of the Hill House Box, a protective steel frame wrapped in the world’s largest chainmail structure, to protect the house from the rain. The semi-permanent enclosure will provide shelter to The Hill House, letting it dry out allowing further conservation work. As well as protecting the building from the weather, the ‘Box’ will give visitors the chance to get a new perspective on the Hill House from elevated walkways looping around the building, and see conservation work in action.

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MASALA TWIST 01436 676665 www.masalatwist.co.uk Sumptuous Indian cuisine with a mixture of both classic Indian dishes and others using the best local produce such as venison and haggis. A popular restaurant serving great food in warm, friendly surroundings.

SUGAR BOAT 01436 647552 www.sugarboat.co.uk Recently awarded an AA Award as Scotland’s Best Restaurant, this welcoming and highly acclaimed bistro, bar and café on Colquhoun Sq in the heart of Helensburgh serves breakfast and morning coofee from 9am each morning, continuing with lunch, afternoon cream teas and a seasonally inspired a la carte menu in the evening. The bar offers an extensive selection of Scottish gins and whiskies as well as local craft beers.

ANNE OF LOUDOUNVILLE JEWELLERS

SUGAR BOAT KITCHEN SHOP 01436 647522 www.sugarboat.co.uk Located within the outstanding Sugar Boat bistro the shop let’s you browse and choose beautiful items for your home or gifts for friends from a selection of famous kitchenware brands. Take some time to visit and browse. Everything you want but nothing you need!

EDEN CHILDREN’S CLOTHING 01436 67701 www.edenhelensburgh.com Eden is a delightful space full of beautiful outfits and gifts for the little people in your life. Specialising in ethical, organic and Fairtrade garments, Eden stocks great names such as Kite, Lanka Kade, Little Green Radicals, Rachel Ellen Designs and more. There is a lovely selection of children’s gifts, perfect for birthdays and parties!

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01436 671575 www.anneofloudounville.com Anne of Loudounville Jewellers situated in Colquhoun Square offers an eclectic range of fine gold and silver jewellery. Stunning collections from leading Scottish designers Sheila Fleet and Ortak are showcased beside exceptional diamonds, carefully selected precious coloured stones, engagement and wedding rings, pearls and more. Moorcroft pottery is a speciality too. Anne and Morag look forward to welcoming you to their beautiful boutique store.

HELENSBURGH OUTDOOR MUSEUM Helensburgh’s Colquhoun Square is host to the award winning Outdoor Museum which takes advantage of the fact that over one hundred granite bollards have been placed around the Square. So far around 15 plinths now have artefacts or artworks on them Those on display to date are a very diverse collection and include a puppet’s head used by John Logie Baird in his first television experiments, the ship’s bell from Henry Bell’s paddle steamer “Comet”, miniature shoes and butter pats (for shaping butter). The plinths themselves have been engraved with both a description of the items and QR codes which to scan for more information.

TWEEDIE 07904 111397 www.tweedieshop.com Tweedie presents a collection of unique tweed and leather gifts and accessories, created by a small group of design led British brands, handpicked for the Tweedie shop in Helensburgh. The shop features the most comprehensive offering from the award-winning Leather Guild Design Studio, also based in Helensburgh. Visit Tweedie for unique gifts & accessories made from rare Islay tweed and leather


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PADRONE PIZZA 01436 – 674252 Padrone combines freshly prepared artisan pizza with a state-of-the-art real wood fired pizza oven that produces the best pizza this side of Milan. Choose from a wide range of fresh, local ingredients or classic favourites or combine with a homemade pasta dish.

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01436 268518 www.labarcahelensburgh.co.uk Multiple award winning restuarant, La Barca is a beautiful, authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant serving a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes made using the finest local produce.

01436 269278 Sumptious seafood and prime aged steaks is what makes cattle & Creel such a hit! This seafood and steak restaurant offers incredible locally sourced food and fine wines. The open plan cooking area offers diners a real theatrical experience.

The Olde Christmas Shoppe Purveyors of all things Christmas

We can’t wait to welcome you back 75 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, T: 01436 670873 W: www.theoldechristmasshoppe.co.uk Recently named in Scotland’s Favourite Independent Shops list

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he focus for 2021 is creating three Climate Action Blueprints - for Tour Operators, Accommodation Providers and Destinations. They will enable anyone in these sectors to deliver their Climate Action Plans. The blueprints will combine the frameworks, tools, best practice and resources required for delivering Climate Action Plans that align tourism with the need to reduce global emissions by at least half by 2030 and keep global warming within 1.5 degrees C. Tourism Declares will work with our members inside the Tourism Declares community to co-create the Blueprints transparently and collaboratively, and according to our climate equity and justice commitments. We’ll post updates in our newsletters, and will regularly share content on the main website to encourage wider consultation and contributions. Even if you haven’t declared, we want to hear from you.

We’ll publish the three Blueprints by COP26 in November as free resources for anyone to use. We hope they will be adopted as the standard approach to transforming our industry.

Tell us what you need or know, so your challenges, experiences, expertise and solutions help frame the content and ensure our Blueprints are relevant and useful.

In addition to making these resources available, the Tourism Declares community will work, throughout 2021 and beyond, to create solutions that will help accelerate adoption of the Blueprints - including training offers and consultation services to spread and strengthen knowledge of best practices in climat

Share access to the tools and resources you use, own or have created. Where we find gaps, help in the co-creation of the tools and resources that are needed.

We want engagement from all across our industry to ensure a truly diverse range of experiences and voices are represented. There are many ways to get involved, including:

Help us coordinate and deliver regular Learning and Action Events

Declare a climate emergency - all member of your organisation will then be able to join our growing community of people working in tourism coming together to share challenges and solutions.

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Three Lochs Way

Top 10 Highlights

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Stoneymollan Road, a delightful ancient route linking Balloch and Cardross

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The stunning view over Loch Lomond when you cross the Highland Boundary Fault at Goukhill Muir.

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Helensburgh’s beautiful tree lined streets, especially colourful in Spring and Autumn.

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Charles Rennie Macintosh’s elegant domestic architectural masterpiece, “The Hill House”.

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Peaceful Glen Fruin (but not in 1603 when 300 MacGregors routed a much larger force of Colquhouns in a major clan battle at the head of the glen).

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Loch Long to the knobbly skyline of ‘Argyll’s Bowling Green’ and the ‘Arrochar Alps’.

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The craggy ‘Cobbler’, the area’s finest mountain and a must climb ‘Corbet’.

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Delightful Glen Loin Woodlands, Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to red squirrels.

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installations, built at the end of WWII with help from German POWs.

10 A traverse of the fine Munro, Ben Vorlich,

from Loch Sloy over to Ardlui makes a great way to top off your Three Lochs Way experience.

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he Three Lochs Way is one of Scotland’s “Great Trails” which means that it is properly waymarked throughout and navigational information is readily available.

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are gradually replaced by the scenic drama of mountain, crag and loch as the route crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and heads towards the mountains of the Southern Highlands.

Rarely rising above 250 metres, the route’s 55 kilometres (34 miles) can easily be walked in three to four days and with the West Highland railway line never far away, it also offers plenty of options for shorter day walks. Total ascent is approximately 1,500 metres.

Loch Lomond, the Gareloch and Loch Long are recurrent scenic backdrops along a route which charts a fascinating journey through place and time linking a necklace of coastal communities strung along the Clyde Sea Lochs fringe of Scotland’s first national park.

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As the Three Lochs Way heads north and west from its starting point in Balloch, gentle landscapes

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F golf is your game then there's no better place to test your skills than on one or more of the fantastic golf courses in and around the Helensburgh area. There are a variety of excellent courses ranging in difficulty many of them of championship quality. One thing that is constant, however, is the warm welcome that awaits you wherever you choose to play. Check out our selection of courses below and call in advance to arrange your round. Most will be able to arrange club hire as well as after round dining and drnks. There are also numerous less challenging nine hole courses in the area, ask your accommodation provider to recommend one close to where you are staying. And once you have enjoyed the local courses not so far away you will find Golf at the Carrick and the Vale of Leven and Dumbarton Golf Clubs.

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CARDROSS GOLF CLUB 01389 841754 www.cardross.com Located close to Helensburgh and Loch Lomond this course boasts generous undulating fairways and large delicious trees are features of of this golf course and it tends to play longer than the yardage suggests. Cardross has played host to many championships including the Scottish professional championship in 1992. The club has a welcoming clubhouse, excellent catering and a well stocked pro shop.

HELENSBURGH GOLF CLUB 01436 675505 www.helensburghgolfclub.co.uk Ideally situated above Helensburgh with fantastic views over the Clyde this fabulous moorland 18 hole course is suitable for all levels. Only a short distance from the centre of town and nearby Loch Lomond Shores a warm welcome waits all visiting golfers with excellent facilities, dining and able pro shop staff.

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YOU & SEA 01436 820238 www.youandsea.com The RYA Marine Training Centre in the West of Scotland is based at Rhu Marina. Based in the safe and naturally beautiful environment of the Gareloch, they cater to the needs of beginners and also offer challenges to those with more advanced knowledge.

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ROSSLEA HALL HOTEL

01436 820238 www.quaymarinas.com Rhu Marina is found as you enter the village of Rhu. It is a great place to photograph Rhu Bay and there are many facilities that you can enjoy which include a well stocked chandlery with some unique gift ideas and Café Rhu.

01436 439955 www.rossleahallhotel.co.uk Located in the heart of picturesque Rhu next to the beach overlooking The Gareloch, the Rosslea is a small but intimate boutique hotel offering quality accommodation with a friendly welcome. There is a well stocked bar and restaurant to cater for your every need.

CAFE RHU 01436 821179 Cafe Rhu is a small cosy cafe situated in Rhu Marina which is open to all. With only 20 covers the cafe offers a very friendly personal service entirely homemade food from fresh soup daily to scrumptious apple pie. They are well known for their fish and chips.

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THE ARDENCAPLE HOTEL 01436 820200 www.johnbarras.com The recently refurbished Ardencaple Hotel offers great value pub food and a well stocked bar within easy reach of both Rhu and Helensburgh. Accommodation is also offered. Open all year.

01436 821048 Rhu Inn is a traditional Scottish inn (circa 1648), set on the shores of the Gareloch offering log fires, fine ales, live Scottish music. The Rhu Inn offers bed and breakfast accommodation and is located in the centre of the village.

GLENARN GARDEN 01436 820493 Glenarn is a private garden, largely created and made famous for its collection of species rhododendrons by the Gibson family. This garden was established in the 1920s and 30s, overlaid on the original Victorian layout, with some remaining trees and rhododendrons from the 19th century. Glenarn is celebrating 75 years of opening for Scotland’s Gardens this year - it first opened to the public in 1939 and has been open every year apart from a couple of years when the current owners took over in the ‘80s. During the war years, tea was served but visitors were asked to bring their own sugar!

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Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula ... ISABELLA CAMPBELL MEMORIAL

On the hillside near the head of the Gareloch is a small sandstone monument near the B833. Along a signposted track created by Ghurkas in 1992, and located next to a picnic table, it is inscribed only: “Here Isabella Campbell was wont to pray”. Isabella and her sister Mary lived in Fernicarry House. Isabella was believed by many to be a saint and Mary considered herself a prophet.

ROSNEATH CASTLE PARK 01436 831208 www.rosneathcastle.co.uk Rosneath Castle Park is the perfect destination for soaking up the beautiful scenery of Argyll and Scotland’s west coast. Located on the banks of The Gareloch, and with Long Loch and Loch Lomond close by, there is a whole host of watery activities on offer including cruises, sailing and sea fishing as well as Royal Yachting Association sailing courses in July and August. There is plenty for the little ones to enjoy, including a large adventure playground, zip lines and indoor soft play area. For tasty pub grub and a cosy evening atmosphere head to the Castle Isle bar and restaurant.

THREE LOCHS HOSTEL 01436 810307 www.threelochshostel.co.uk The Hostel is based in The Centre 81 Community Centre and can accommodate up to 45 persons with dormitory style accommodation. Tea, coffee and toast making facilities provided. Sheets and kitchen facilities for self catering incuded but please bring your own towels. All Centre 81 facilities are available during normal opening times.

KNOCKDERRY COUNTRY HOUSE 01436 842283 www.knockderryhouse. co.uk Situated on the banks of Loch Long, we invite you to stay at Knockderry House Hotel where a warm Scottish country house welcome, comfortable rooms, extraordinary service, charming decor, and delicious culinary experiences await. With multiple awards for hospitality and food, we offer a relaxing environment from which to explore the stunning area near Loch Lomond.

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Lunch from £ 7.95 Served 12-6pm daily Pizza & Pasta takeaway Gluten free options

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ardross is one of Helensburgh and Lomond’s hidden gems. Not immediatly obvious as a fruitful stopping place Cardross actually offers great value for time spent with a wealth of wonderful history and options for sport and great dining thrown in. Included in the package are the wonderful old parish church ruined by a stray bomb during the Clydebank Blitz, the once magnificent brutalist St Peter’s Seminary and the wonderful medieval St Mahew’s Chapel which is still in use. On a less ecclesiastical note there is the beautifully situated Carman Trout Fishery, Cardross Golf Club, the National Trust for Scotland’s Geilston Gardens and the quaint Geilston Hall which is now thought to be an early C R Mackintosh design.

GEILSTON GARDEN

01389 849187 www.geilstongarden@nts.org.uk Geilston is celebrated for its landscaping,. The walled garden dates from 1797 and there is a 40m herbaceous border as well as wilder territory by the Geilston Burn. Produce from the vegetable is on sale and children love the adventure playground and floral mini-maze.

CARDROSS GOLF CLUB 01389 841754 www.cardross.com Cardross Golf Club was founded in 1895. Generous undulating fairways and large trees are features of the course and it tends to play much longer than the yardage suggests. A welcoming clubhouse, excellent catering, a wellstocked shop make this one of the best inland parkland golf courses in the West of Scotland.

ARDARDAN ESTATE

01389 849188 www.ardardan.co.uk The Montgomery Family & Team invite you to enjoy Ardardan. Set in a Restored Walled Garden on the banks of the River Clyde enjoy everything Ardardan Estate has to offer. With a treasure trove of foodie goodies, homemade Tearoom Treats and Garden Nursery to inspire we hope you enjoy the Ardardan Farm experience. Eat.Shop.Walk. Simply … Enjoy!

MONTY’S FARM PARK Ardardan Estate, 01389 849188 www.linktr.ee/ardardan A fun family farm attraction right next to Ardardan Estate. Lots of great family experiences with outdoor activities! All sessions need to be booked in advance. Lots to do including fun bouncy activities and meeting the animals too.

CARDROSS INN

01389 841358 www.cardrossinn.co.uk A lovely family friendly local pub with newly refurbished rooms, The Cardoss Inn offers accommodation, fine food, real ale, free wi fi regular entertainment and is great for reaching Loch Lomond and Glasgow, with many visitor attractions nearby.

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VERLOOKING the River Clyde, the towns of Dumbarton and Clydebank were both noted for their shipbuilding – a story told at the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton. Dumbarton’s shipbuilding heritage includes the building of the famous clipper ‘Cutty Sark’. Dumbarton Castle on its fortified rock has long guarded the Clyde approaches. A ruined chapel in the grounds of Levengrove Park boasts the final resting place of part of the remains of Robert the Bruce whose home was once nearby and the town also lays claim to the bard Robert Burns who was made Freeman of the Burgh.

SCOTKART 0141 6410222 www.scotkart.co.uk Scotkart offer a full range of indoor karting on an awesome racetrack with full marshalling and racetrack conditions. A great family fun activity and certain to be a huge hit if the rain comes on. Open all year. From age 8+

AUCHENTOSHAN DISTILLERY 01389 878561 www.auchentoshan.com See the magic behind the making of this unique lowland malt. The aromas and flavour of Auchentoshan are created using a triple distillation process not seen in any other Scottish distillery. Open all year.

MASALA TWIST INDIAN RESTAURANT 01389 496021 www.masalatwist.co.uk Fine Indian dining available throughout the day. Situated prominently on the A82 at Milton, Masala Twist’s new addition makes a perfect stop en route to the Loch Lomond area. Open for lunch, diner and take away, the restaurant offers authentic Indian dishes prepared using the finest seasonal produce.

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DENNY SHIP MODEL EXPERIMENTAL TANK MUSEUM 01389 763444 www.scottishmaritimemuseum. org Part of The Scottish Maritime Museum, the Denny Tank is a four star visitor attraction showcasing Sir William Denny’s world famous ship design and builder’s facility. It was the world’s first commercial test tank. Open daily.

DUMBARTON CASTLE 01389 732167 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Impressively situated on a volcanic rock overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the castle ramparts offer stunning views as far as Ben Lomond. The castle is open all year.

CLYDEBANK MUSEUM & ART GALLERY New permanent exhibitions concentrating on Clydebank’s proud industrial heritage have been created alongside new high specification temporary galleries, for exciting touring exhibitions as well as housing the Council’s permanent exhibition of fine art. Part of the permanent exhibition includes the large model ships at the entrance and the Singer Sewing Machine collection which was awarded the ‘Recognised Collection of National Significance’ by Museums Galleries Scotland in 2013.

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Use this map & guide to get the best out of your visit to Loch Lomond & Clyde Sea Lochs. Continue the journey and find more ideas and information at www.lovelochlomond.com

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10 things to see and do Food & Drink Campsite Caravans Information Point Fuel Train Station Cycle Hire Golf

Cruise Routes West Highland Way Route Three Lochs Way Route Cowal Way Route John Muir Way Route Cycle Path Major Roads Minor Roads

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The Arrochar Alps

The Arrochar Alps ... (Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardgarten)

W

ith an abundance of natural beauty, outdoor activities, fresh water and sea lochs as well as the famous Arrochar Alps Mountain Range yet only 45 minutes from Glasgow airport, it is easy to see why this part of Argyll is fast becoming a real destination.

Boasting five Munros, eight Corbetts, eight Glens and six Lochs, and being in the Lomond and Trussachs National Park, it has become a must for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the beauty and wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Cycle paths, hiking, climbing, camping, diving, wild swimming, water sports, sailing and mooring access, shops, accommodations, from Award Winning four star Gold to camping, restaurants, fresh local food, drink (newly launched Arrochar Alps Gin, area ales) and music, history and heritage, yet still unspoiled! With great train and bus links, boat and bike hire, (even a sleeper train from London direct to Arrochar and Tarbet station and direct bus from Glasgow airport) accessibility has never been easier. Destination Arrochar Alps. Come, eat, sleep, breathe, explore.

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It is a well-equipped village with places to stay, to eat, food and drink outlets, various shops, a petrol station and newsagents. Gateway to the Argyll Forest Park, Arrochar is the natural base for numerous easy to medium grade, as well as more demanding, walks.

The Arrochar Alps

THE picturesque highland village of Arrochar is nestled in the shadow of the Cobbler, beneath the peaks of the Arrochar Alps, at the head of Loch Long.

The Arrochar Alps include four Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft), as well as the famous Cobbler, ideal for the more adventurous hill walker.

VILLAGE INN 01301 702279 www.villageinnarrochar.co.uk A traditional Scottish pub with welcoming accommodation set right on the shores of Loch Long and very close to Loch Lomond itself. The restaurant serves freshly prepared, seasonal produce in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

SLANJ 01301 702172 Facebook Slanj, in a beautiful converted church on the road between Arrochar and tarbet, is a family-run and owned restaurant & bar. From home-made steak pie and burgers to fresh Argyll mussels and full Scottish breakfast, food at Slanj (home of Arrochar Alps Gin) is all cooked to order. There is a lively bar offering lots of Argyll whiskies, gins, ales and live traditional music and they also offer an extensive take away menu and free overnight parking for campervans and motorhomes. TARBET is a very popular stop on the West Highland Railway line for walkers, climbers and cyclists. Day trippers can relax down near the pier where there is a large picnic area and visitor centre. Cruise Loch Lomond’s numerous cruises depart regularly from here throughout the year and a seasonal Visit Scotland information centre is situated within easy reach of the village. Down by the pier you can enjoy hot drinks and snacks along with spectacular views of the loch from Café Lochan

ARROCHAR ALPS GIN Arrochar Alps Gin. is a dry gin infused with Botanicals from the local area including Wild Mint and Scots Pine. Serve as a G&T over ice and a slice of Lemon. Perfect after a long day exploring the Arrochar Alps

CRUISE LOCH LOMOND 01301 702356 cruiselochlomond.co.uk CLL provide a full year round schedule of cruises and ferry crossings sailing from Tarbet and Inveruglass. Experience the serenity of the Northern end of the loch from one of the company’s comfortable craft and be amazed by the scenery all around you!

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The Arrochar Alps

Arrochar & Tarbet Paths TARBET LOOP & CRUACH TAIRBEIRT

Woodland walk with panoramic detour Follow this sheltered walk through mixed woodland and conifers. Keep an eye open for both red and grey squirrels, as well as the elusive pine marten. Park by the restaurant and follow the path under the railway at Arrochar and Tarbet station, turning right as you emerge at the T-junction. After climbing steeply and crossing a burn, watch for a marker post for the detour to the summit of Cruach Tairbeirt (415m). If you choose this detour, follow the path to the summit, offering spectacular views of Loch Lomond and Loch Long, as well as the dam at Loch Sloy, then return the same way to rejoin the circular path. Continue around the loop, with glimpses of the loch through the trees.

TARBET ISLE LOOP

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THE HIDDEN HERITAGE TRAIL Arrochar to Tarbet Circular

A circular walk between Arrochar and Tarbet follows in the footsteps of Vikings who, in 1263, dragged their boats across the isthmus of land from Loch Long to raid settlements on Loch Lomond. For further information download the Hidden Heritage Trail leaflet or app from: www.hiddenheritage.org.uk The trail can be accessed at several points along its route, including Arrochar and Tarbet station. Start by the café at Arrochar’s Three Villages Hall and follow the Hidden Heritage and Three Lochs Way markers south along the lochside, then up the hill behind the church. Pass under the railway line then turn left. After about a mile, look out for the Hidden Heritage information panel, then shortly turn left to cross the A82 opposite Ballyhennan Crescent Access the forest path by the station, heading west to enjoy stunning views of the famous Arrochar Alps, before turning left to descend back into Arrochar.

Forest walk with mountain and loch views

ARDGARTAN RIVERSIDE TRAILS

This short circular walk through mixed woodland starts just north of Tarbet. Take care along the busy A82 if you walk from Tarbet, or park at the start of the walk opposite Tarbet Isle, known locally as ‘Honeymoon Isle’ because newlyweds were reputedly sent here. If they were still on good terms by the end of the week, it was deemed a sign that the marriage would last! The loop can be walked in either direction. Heading clockwise, the path climbs to the left before dipping down into the trees and continuing through deciduous woodland look out for the colourful jays, especially in the autumn when the acorns are ripe! The walk circles back, passing a local café and car park.

These gentle paths wind their way through mixed woodland along the River Croe and the shore of Loch Long. The Forestry Commission marks two trails, Cat Craig and Peninsula Circuit both starting at the small car park at Ardgartan, beside the carved wooden eagle. Looking up, you can see the south peak of The Cobbler. Look out for red squirrels in the trees, and bobbing dippers fishing for insects in the river, and you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an elusive otter near the shore. In addition to these pleasant walks, Ardgartan provides a base for accessing many other walks towards Lochgoilhead and the Rest-and-be-Thankful.

Riverside and Boathouse Trails

ARROCHAR TO HONEYMOON BRIDGE

Arrochar to Ardgartan above Loch Long Park at the head of Loch Long and climb the path marked by a carved wooden fox. Turn left at the T-junction, with views over Arrochar and Loch Long, and across to Ben Lomond. Continue to a fork in the path, then either head left to Ardgartan or right to Honeymoon Bridge. The latter path contours around the hillside, ending in a small parking area beside the road, while the left path descends gradually and emerges from the trees above Ardgartan. Take care crossing the busy A83, then follow the path by the river to the car park and picnic area. You can extend this walk by following the trails in Route 9. This is a one-way walk, but both Arrochar and Ardgartan are on bus routes.

SUCCOTH TO COIREGROGAIN CIRCULAR Glen and forest walk with spectacular scenery Follow Route 5 until you meet the tarmacked road to Loch Sloy. Turn left for about 0.5 km, then take the track left over a bridge into Coiregrogain. Ignoring a rough track to Ben Vane on the right, continue west below the dramatic peaks of Ben Vane, Ben Ime, Ben Narnain, and A’Chrois, finally descending and crossing the burn, just before a small dam. Take care after heavy rain or snow melt! The track heads back down the opposite side of Glen Loin, with views of Ben Lomond and down Loch Long to the Clyde. As the track passes above the houses at Succoth, either turn sharp left to descend to the glen, turning right out of the trees and following the road through Succoth to the head of Loch Long, or continue and turn left down the ‘zig-zag’ path to the A83 and the ‘Cobbler’ car park.

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The Arrochar Alps

THE COBBLER

Climb Ben Arthur The iconic peak of Ben Arthur (884 m), better known as The Cobbler because of its distinctive outline, dominates the view from Arrochar. Although a popular climb, the terrain is steep and difficult, and the weather notoriously changeable - proper clothing and footwear are essential. Only a brief description is provided here, and you should use the appropriate OS map to plan your route. Park at the head of Loch Long (small charge), cross the road, and climb the path marked by a carved wooden fox. Turn left at the T-junction, then shortly right, soon following a stream. Ignore a path to the right and continue to the famous Narnain Boulders. Keep right at the next fork to reach a small lochan, then left to ascend stone steps to the ridge. Of the three peaks of The Cobbler, the central peak is the highest, but some scrambling and a head for heights are needed to scale the rock pinnacle!

SUCCOTH TO INVERUGLAS VIA LOCH SLOY Glen Loin

Starting from the car park at the head of Loch Long (small charge) follow the track to the right of the River Loin and then the sign for the ‘Stronafyne Loop Walk’. Turn left up the glen, with spectacular views of Loch Long to the south. At the head of the glen, cross the wooden bridge over Inveruglas Water by the ruined settlement of Coiregrogain. Turn right on the tarmac road to descend to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond (approx 2 miles/ 3.2 km); or turn left for a detour to the Sloy Dam and reservoir, built for the hydroelectric scheme in the mid-1940s and still in use today. This is a one-way walk, but parking and buses are available at Loch Long and Inveruglas.

TARBET TO INVERBEG VIA FIRKIN

The Old Road

A pretty one-way walk along a quiet disused road hugging the shore of Loch Lomond, past pebbled beaches with spectacular views across the water to iconic Ben Lomond. Keep an eye out for ospreys! Starting by Tarbet Pier, this walk follows the A82 pavement for about a mile (1.6 km), but soon cuts down to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond along a now-disused road. Arrive at Firkin Point with picnic benches and a great skimmingstone beach. The walk ends at Inverbeg caravan site. This is a one-way walk, but there are bus stops and parking at either end.

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