The Sykes Cottages Guide To Helensburgh

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Helensburgh is often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, and renting one of our Scottish holiday cottages in the vicinity of this pleasant town gives access to a host of attractions. Well known as the location for Hill House, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh house, Helensburgh is the last major urban centre before Oban at the extreme western tip of Scotland, and is just a few short miles from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Getting out and about from here is easy, whether your preference is for car, boat or train. By car, the scenery around Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine and the sea lochs of the river Clyde may be readily enjoyed, and the dynamic city of Glasgow is just a half hour’s drive. But if you prefer to keep your eyes on the stunning scenery, then a trip by train on the West Highland Line rewards the visitor with some spectacular Highlands scenery, as well as stops in Oban, Tarbert on the Kintyre peninsula, and Fort William. Regular boat trips connect the town with outlying islands; the famous paddle steamer the Waverley links Helensburgh with the Kyles of Bute during the summer months, and boat trips are available to Dunoon, famous for its porcelain, Rothesay and other ports along the Clyde.

Helensburgh is an elegant, Victorian town, shown off to its best advantage in May, when the cherry trees are filled with blossom. Many visitors head for Hill House, with Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed furniture throughout the house, which is set in lovely formal gardens. These are also in the distinctive Mackintosh style, and give fine views over the Clyde estuary.

To see Helensburgh for yourself, this self catering holiday cottage is only a short drive away.

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