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victoria-hallONE of Helensburgh's most impressive buildings is the Victoria Hall, halfway up Sinclair Street.

It was built at the end of the 19th century and has been added to and improved on several occasions.

the-barracksA GROUP of buildings known as ‘The Barracks’ once stood in Helensburgh's James Street, on the site now occupied by a children's play area. Built around the middle of the 19th century, they became notorious as a trouble spot.

Local historian Alistair McIntyre discovered that local newspapers of the time frequently reported on disturbances which happened there.

collychippen_cottageA DERELICT cottage overlooking Loch Lomond at Luss sold at auction to an unknown buyer for £58,000 in May 2008.

The asking price for Collychippen Farm Cottage in Glen Luss, a stone shell, had been £40,000.

lyntonONE of Helensburgh’s most splendid mansions, Lynton at 6 Upper Colquhoun Street, was offered for sale for over £1.5 million in the summer of 2008.

Designed by William Leiper and built in 1908, it contains a reception hall, four reception rooms, and six bedrooms, and is set in an acre of gardens.

Drumfork-HouseHELENSBURGH’S oldest house is believed to be Drumfork House at Colgrain, said by some to have been built in 1720 and today hidden behind a screen of trees and beside the primary school.

However, according to a local historian, the late George R.Stocks, whose first job after leaving school was working in the then rather more extensive grounds, it was built for John Stevenson, a Glasgow merchant, in 1748.

Carbeth-House-wA RHU mansion built by Madeleine Smith’s father was offered for sale in July 2008 with an asking price of £795,000.

Carbeth House is high above the village of Rhu and has superb views over the Gareloch and the Clyde.

ardencaplecastleONLY one tower of Helensburgh’s Ardencaple Castle now remains, but it is still a beacon which calls members of the Clan MacAulay from all over the world.

Most of the ancient castle was demolished in July 1959, but it is very close to the hearts of clan members no matter which variant of the spelling of their name they use.

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