Helensburgh to Garelochhead
The second stage of the Three Lochs Way links Helensburgh at the entrance to Gare Loch with Garelochhead at its northern end. The stage as described ends on a minor road which can be taken down into Garelochead (5km) which has a rail station. There is also a rougher, shorter alternative - see final paragraph.
Very boggy on the initial woodland section, then good tracks, a section of grassy field path and minor roads.
If starting from Helensburgh Upper Station, head east to the main road - Sinclair Street - and turn left along it, then fourth left onto Kennedy Drive and finally right onto Upper Colquhoun Street to reach Hill House, the finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's residential creations. Now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, it has a stunning interior packed with original Mackintosh items. Head through the car park and then turn left following the signs for Rhu Marina. The route crosses several small footbridges and enjoys views over the Firth of Clyde to Greenock with the hills of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park beyond. The path continues through the pleasant woodland for another 1km. Keep an eye out for the waymarkers so as not to miss the right turn at NS292844 onto a grassy path immediately alongside the woodland which emerges at a stile.
Helensburgh Upper Station. Map and directions.
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