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1 DUMBARTON
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A mere 30 mins from Glasgow, you will find Dumbarton Castle, which sits high on a volcanic plug overlooking the River Clyde. There are 500 steps to the top, but the views are well worth the climb! Nearby, visit the Scottish Maritime Museum where you’ll find the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank. You can also uncover more about the area’s shipbuilding heritage and browse the displays that will take you back in time to the days of Victorian ship design and more.
 
2 CARDROSS
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Explore the charming village of Cardross and its castle ruins, dating back to 1329, where King Robert the Bruce is believed to have died. At Geilston Garden you can wander through the 200-year-old walled garden, or head to Ardardan Estate where farm shop treats await you, alongside delicious homemade foods using local produce. 
 
3 ARDMORE POINT
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Located between Cardross and Helensburgh, Ardmore Point is a great spot to capture striking panoramic views of Gare Loch and the River Clyde. There are many short and easy walks close by too which boast excellent seal and bird watching opportunities. Ardmore Point is also considered to be of geological interest due to its unique rock formations. It’s also a great location to try out geocaching around the area. 
 
4 HELENSBURGH
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Wander the promenade and wide tree-lined streets of this traditional seaside town before grabbing a bite to eat at the many cafes and restaurants nearby. Discover the Scottish Submarine Centre, Scotland’s only museum and education center of its kind, where you can learn all the fascinating details about submarines and how they work. Or why not discover the Mackintosh Club? This venue is Helensburgh’s Creative Hub for architecture, art, design, and music where you can explore both permanent and visiting exhibitions. You can also venture along the John Muir Way, starting in Helensburgh and stretching 134 miles.
 
5 HILL HOUSE
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If the fine details and creative talents of Charles Rennie Mackintosh take your fancy, why not head to the magnificent Hill House in Helensburgh. Designed by Mackintosh and renowned as his finest domestic masterpiece, discover the visually enticing mix of arts & crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japonisme architecture and design, as well as a peaceful wander around the beautifully restored garden.
 
6 GLENARN GARDENS
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First established in the 1920s, this Victorian-style garden is filled to the brim with a beautiful variety of exotic plants, trees, and displays. Glenarn is most famous for its collection of a species of rhododendrons that were created by the Gibson Family. Around the gardens explore the large rock garden, greenhouse, and marvel at the vibrant magnolias, crinodendron, eucryphias and acers, to name a few.
 
7 GARE LOCH
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Gare Loch boasts a fjord-like appearance, stretching 10km from Garelochhead in the north down past Helensburgh in the south and out to join the River Clyde. Admire the spectacular views over Gare Loch and the Clyde Naval Base from the ‘Haul Road’ viewpoint, before heading to the picnic spot at Whistlefield with more picture-perfect views to enjoy. 
 
8 ROSNEATH PENINSULA
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Head south into the Rosneath Peninsula to discover great spots for walking, cycling, and exploring. Wander the pier, built-in 1848 at Kilcreggan or join the local heritage trail which starts at the pier and finishes at Peaton in the west. While away the hours and relax at Linn Botanic Gardens at the head of Cove Bay, where you can marvel at plant life, trees and a variety of species from around the globe. 
 
9 KILCREGGAN
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Located on the southern end of the Rosneath Peninsula, Kilcreggan is a quaint little village that features stunning views of the Firth of Clyde, Gare Loch, and Loch Long, as well as offering pleasure cruises from the village. There is also a regular passenger ferry from Kilcreggan to Gourock. Take your pick of lovely accommodation in the area, as well as various woodland and coastal walks nearby too.
 
10 ARROCHAR
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This point is the furthest north on the trail and a great spot for exploring further on foot. Take to the Hidden Heritage Trail which is an easy circular walk between Arrochar and Tarbet, or for more of a challenge check out the Three Lochs Way (starting in Balloch), the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way or Ben Arthur, also known as The Cobbler. If you are looking for something more relaxing, just take in the stunning mountain and loch scenery on woodland or lochside stroll. 

 

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