The Hill House, Helensburgh
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  GOOD THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN HELENSBURGH
THE HILL HOUSE, UPPER COLQUHOUN STREET
The Hill House sits at the end of what seems like an endless series of roomy tree-lined avenues, and on what one might indeed term a hill above Helensburgh. It is a journey worth making, and not just for the apple trees in the garden. If you are interested in Charles Rennie Mackintosh then this may be a house you will wish to visit. In fact, even if you're not interested in our Chuck you may still wish to pay it a visit. It's always nice looking around other people's houses, and this one is going to be a good bit different to anything else you have ever seen. It was commissioned in 1902 by publisher Walter Blackie, and Chuck - and his wife Margaret - designed everything, both the house itself and the interior fixtures and fittings. If you visit in autumn, remember to wear a jacket with deep enough pockets to hold a good selection of apples.
SO, WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN HELENSBURGH? EM... NOT A LOT. BUT AS I BELIEVE I HAVE SAID BEFORE, NOT HAVING A LOT TO DO IS NO BAD THING. BECAUSE WHAT IT REALLY MEANS IS YOU CAN AMBLE BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS ALONG THE TOWN'S PROMENADE, PAUSING NOW AND THEN TO BREATHE BRACING SEA ODOURS AND GAZE THOUGHTFULLY OUT TOWARDS THE WATERS OF THE FIRTH OF CLYDE WHILE WONDERING WHAT ON EARTH YOU'RE DOING HERE.
HELENSBURGH DOESN'T FEEL AS EXCITING AS, SAY, LARGS. INDEED IT POSSESSES A TIMELESS RUNDOWN AIR WHERE IT SEEMS THAT EVERYONE IS JUST SITTING OR MOSEYING AROUND AND NO ONE REALLY CARES ABOUT ANYTHING. AND THE LATE EIGHTEENTH OR EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY PLANNED RECTANGULAR LAYOUT OF ITS STREETS IS JUST TOO ORDERED. IT LACKS INSPIRATION, AND CRIES OUT FOR A JAUNTY ROAD ANGLE HERE OR A CURVING WYND THERE.
IF YOU GET FED UP, OR EVEN BORED, SAUNTERING HERE AND THERE DESPERATELY SEEKING SOMETHING THAT IS NOT ANOTHER WIDE STRAIGHT AVENUE, YOU MAY CATCH A FERRY TO KILCREGGAN, WHICH IS ANOTHER LAZY WEE PLACE WITH NOT A GREAT DEAL BUT A NICE HOTEL AND WONDERFUL VIEWS. IT'S A SHORT JOURNEY ON THE FERRY - TAKING JUST 25 OR 30 MINUTES - BUT IT IS A JOURNEY THAT OFFERS THE MAGIC OF THE CLYDE COAST WITH ALL ITS HIGGLEDY-PIGGLEDY HEAVEN.
THE JOHN MUIR  WAY - A LITTLE WALK
The John Muir Way is a long-distance walking route that runs for 134 miles right across central Scotland, from Helensburgh to Dunbar, and a little bit more. You don't have to walk it all at once. The section between Helensburgh and Balloch, for example, is just 9 miles. [CLICK HERE FOR A SPECIAL JOHN MUIR WAY PAGE WITH INTERACTIVE MAP AND ROUTE.]
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