The charming coastal town of Helensburgh promises a wealth of leisure opportunities to suit residents of any age, boasting stunning Victorian architecture, picturesque publics parks and enlightening historical attractions.
The popular Helensburgh Golf Club is just two miles from Alder Gate and promises a varied course to suit all abilities. This tranquil setting boasts spectacular views over the Clyde Estuary to the south, as well as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to the north.
Just a 10-minute drive from home, Hermitage Park presents over 11 acres of formal gardens, maintained bowling lawns and landscaped fields. This elegant park is also home to a fascinating historic mill, a war memorial and a commemorative statue of John Logie Baird, the inventor of the television and former resident of Helensburgh.
History enthusiasts will delight in a visit to the exquisite Hill House, a unique building designed by the esteem Charles and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, which tells the story of the Blackie family; inhabitants of the home for almost five decades. A little further afield, Balloch Castle and Country Park is Loch Lomond’s only country park, spanning 200 acres of walled gardens, nature trails and waterside walking routes. The park is also home to the impressive Balloch Castle, dating back to the 19th century.
Within a short walk of Alder Gate, residents will find the Scottish Submarine Centre, a museum and education venue which offers immersive presentations about the exploits of the submarine service and the people involved. Also within a six minute drive, The Oak Tree Gallery describes itself as a ‘An Art Craft and Holistic Hub’, providing popular art classes for both adults and children.