27th April – 4th May 2024

May 4, 2024 by Alison in

Our second visit. Crosskeys Cottage is cosy and ideally placed for visits. Love Helensburgh. Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies – unbelieveable engineering. Rosneath Peninsula – dolphins in the loch, seals off Ardmore Point. Glenarn Gardens a riot of colour.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House, only 5 mins drive away – covered in a metal mesh ‘box’ but access to walkways all around the outside of the building and even above it, shows it’s desperate need for conservation. Another brilliant piece of engineering and very interesting – seeing parts of the building not normally seen and revealing the poor construction under the pebbledash.

Great week, now moving to Bute via Rest and be thankful and Ardkinglas Arboretum.

Pauline & Dennis Talbot, Derby

Things to do

Day trip suggestions

Inveraray – Day tripA marvellous day out, Inveraray is on the western bank of Loch Fyne north of Arrochar beyond the ‘Rest and be Thankful’. Inveraray Castle  was used in the series Downton Abbey for a ChristmasSpecial. The Bell Tower dominates the town and houses the second heaviest ring of ten bells in the world and is open to the public spring /summer. […]

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Luss conservation village – western shore of Loch Lomond

Located on the banks of Loch Lomond, off the A82, 5 miles north of Crosskeys. Occupation of this area dates back to medieval times, but much of the village and the neat rows of cottages were built in the 18th and 19th centuries to house workers from the nearby slate quarries and featured in the […]

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Historical sites

Historic Scotland (Historic Environment Scotland) offer ‘Explorer Tickets’ that enable you to visit multiple sites over a number of days to save on entry fees if visiting more than one site and also give you fast track entry for Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle. For more information go to: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/explorer. Some of their historic sites have […]

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