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Old Helensburgh

Old Helensburgh

Old Helensburgh, Rhu and Shandon Old Helensburgh. Helensburgh was planned as a new town by Sir James Colquhoun of Luss, and its streets were laid out in the late eighteenth century. The area's outstanding scenery and clean air attracted wealthy Glasgow merchants to the town, who built villas there overlooking the Clyde and Gare Loch. For well over a century, until after the Second World War, Helensburgh thrived as a seaside resort. Pictures of the Waverley at Craigendoran Pier, sandcastle building competitions, throngs enjoying the outdoor swimming pool, and a horse-drawn excursion on Sinclair Street show the town in its heyday, while half a dozen photographs cover neighbouring Rhu and Shandon.

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