Helensburgh, founded during the 18th century by Sir James Colquhoun, is situated west of Glasgow, just a 25 minute drive from us here at Knockderry. Helensburgh is known as the holiday town and it offers many attractions to visitors. Here are a few suggestions:
You may have heard of the famous Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. One of his masterpieces, the magnificent Hill House, sits high in Helensburgh looking over the Clyde, commanding incredible views. It was originally built for writer Walter Blackie in the early 1900s and is now open to the public as part of the National Trust for Scotland.
Hermitage Park lies within the centre of Helensburgh, a well-kept park covering 4.7 hectares with beautiful shrubbery all around. There stands a magnificent war memorial as well as pristinely kept bowling and putting greens, several idyllic picnic spots and a play park too. It makes for a lovely family day out.
Balloch Castle and Country Park
Balloch Castle and Country Park is just a 20 minute drive from Helensburgh, a spectacular 200 acre park sat on the shores of Loch Lomond. The grounds are made up of woodland areas, gardens, play parks and guided tours. During the months from Easter to September you can find a hot and cold snacks bar within the park grounds, perfect for a picnic lunch by the loch. The castle, which now lies derelict, used to serve as the head office of the Countryside Ranger Service and visitor centre.
For a final flourish, hop aboard the last seagoing Paddle Steamer in the world, the Waverley. It was built on the Clyde during the 1900s and now sails from several destinations within the UK. You can leave from Helensburgh pier and cruise Loch Long while learning all about the history of the PS Waverley, Britain’s maritime heritage and more. There are gift shops, bars and a restaurant on board to keep you busy all day long.
Visit Visit Scotland’s website to find out more things to do in and around this beautiful village, definitely worth visiting if you’re staying with us at Knockderry.