Loch Lomond, Helensburgh and the Clyde Sea Lochs
Loch Lomond is the gateway to Argyll from Glasgow and the Central Belt. Driving up the western shore of Loch Lomond – the largest freshwater loch in Scotland it is clear to see the highland boundary fault where the highlands meet the lowlands. The scenery is spectacular and the loch offers a number of activities from cruising, fishing, wildlife watching, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding there is lots to do on the loch itself. The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park stretches into Argyll and the Cowal Peninsula.
Over the hill to Helensburgh, a resort town built on the north shore of the Clyde. Helensburgh was started in the late 1700s by Sir James Colquhoun who named the town in honour of his wife. The development of Helensburgh continued in the Victorian era and and it was a popular resort town due to the many ferries and boats that operated on the Clyde, this popularity grew with the arrival of the railway making Helensburgh very accessible from Glasgow.
Helensburgh is a thriving town today with lots to attract the visitor from shopping and eating to sightseeing and touring. Attractions include Charles Rennie MacIntosh’s Hill House, Geilston Garden, Glenarn Gardens and the Tower Digital Arts Centre.
The Rosneath Peninsula – juts into the Clyde with the Gareloch on the east shore and Loch Long on the west shore. This beautiful peninsula provides a wonderful circular route for cyclists, drivers and indeed walkers. There are pretty villages round the route, offering interesting places to stop. The Linn Botanic Garden is one of the attractions on this peninsula. The village of Kilchreggan offers a passenger ferry link across to Gourock and the railway.