Things to do


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There are numerous places to visit whether it is historic venues, fantastic scenery or partaking in outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling, climbing, bird watching, canoeing, sailing, golf, skiing, both winter or summer. Located next to the cycle path (Loch Lomond 2 miles and Helensburgh 3 miles) at the foot of the glen, there is fresh air in abundance!
 
  Golf
  3 of our favourite courses available within 15 min drive:-
 
  Places of interest
  The Rennie MacIntosh - Hill House is located 2 miles away in
 
  The postcard village of Luss on the west bank of Loch Lomond, 
  used as the location set for the soap 'Highroad' is worth a visit.
 
  A great day out is a drive to Balmaha on the east side of Loch Lomond and then get the ferry boat across to Inchcailloch island.  It is a nature reserve with paths around the island, and if you visit in late May/early June it is covered with blue bells.  There are toilets and a sandy beach with BBQ pits at the North end of the island.
 
  Historic Scotland 
  Historic Scotland offer an 'Explorer Ticket' that allows multiple entries
  on one ticket purchase.  Properties within a 1 hour drive include:-
 
  Dumbarton Castle located on Dumbarton Rock overlooking the Clyde
  estuary out to sea, is 10 miles away in Dumbarton.
 
  Newark Castle located across the other side of the Clyde in Port
  Glasgow.
 
  Inchmahome Priory located on an island in the middle of Lake
  Menteith (the only 'lake' in Scotland).  Located just off the Stirling
  Road.
 
  Doune Castle which was a film set for the famous Monty Python
  film 'The Life of Brian'.
 
  Stirling Castle & Argyll's Lodgings situated high above Stirling with
  panoramic views of the surrounding valley and the Wallace
  Monument.
 
  The Great Outdoors
  If the outdoors is your thing then there are mountains in abundance.  
  Some of the most popular are:-
 
  Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Monroe (a mountain over
  3,000ft high), just one of 283 in Scotland.  Starting point for the walk is
  at Rowerdennan on the east side of loch lomond.  Well worth it for the
  views of Loch Lomond as you're climbing up and the panoramic 360
  degree views from the top of the surrounding mountains.
 
  Cobbler a Corbett (mountain over 2,500ft but less than
  3,000ft high) overlooks Arrochar at the head of the Gareloch.
 
  For those less ambitious who prefer a hill rather than a mountain, then
  Conic Hill at Balmaha is to be recommended with a fantastic view of
  Loch Lomond.  On a clear day you can also see the Isle of Arran.
 
  Ben A'an located between Aberfoyle and Callendar in the Trossachs.
  A great day out (50 mins drive) with breathtaking scenery along the
  way, not to mention the view from the top looking down Loch Katrine.
  Definately recommended.

 Inveraray
 A marvellous day out, Inveraray is on the western bank  of Loch Fyne   north of   Arrochar beyond the 'Rest and be Thankful' Inveraray Castle   which was   used in the series Downton Abbey for a christmas special is   worth a visit along with Inveraray Gaol which is an interactive tourist   attraction although these days the inmates are not real. 
 The Clyde puffer Vital Spark dominates the harbour area
 The Bell Tower dominates the town  the Tower itself contains the   second heaviest ring of ten bells in the world and is open to the public   spring /summer

 The George Hotel on the main street offers great food (Be Hungry)
 And there is a variety of Dining options and cafes along with some great   shops for the souvenir hunters
 
 Glasgow
 Alternatively you might adventure into Glasgow.  The easiest
 way to do so is to go by train (45 min journey) from either
 Helensburgh Central or Balloch Central stations.  The train
 takes you into Glasgow Queen Street station, next to George
 Square in the centre of the city.  Boasting great pubs,
 restaurants and of course shops.  There are many museums
 that are FREE such as the Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove
 museum and Gallery.  The famous Burrell collection is also
 located in Pollock Park, along with the historic Pollock House.
 The tourist office is located on Sauchihall Street at the top of Buchannan Street.