Cove and Kilcreggan heritage leaflet

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rosneath-heritage-trail-leaflet-wTHE REMARKABLE architecture of Cove and Kilcreggan is highlighted in a new heritage trail leaflet launched this month.

Houses, churches, shops and hotels feature in a leaflet produced by the Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust.

Cove and Kilcreggan is thought to have the largest concentration of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson-attributed architecture outside Glasgow, and Historic Scotland’s website lists a total of 88 listed buildings in this small area.

The trail starts at Kilcreggan’s pier — 118 years-old this month and the oldest wooden pier on the Clyde still in regular use — and runs to the Barbour cemetery.

There is information about Kilcreggan village, Kilcreggan Hotel, Cove Burgh Hall, the gates to the former Hartfield House, the Thomson-designed Dhualt bridge, Knockderry House Hotel, and several of the Victorian mansions which are such a feature of the area.

As well as Thomson, there is information about architects Campbell Douglas, James Chalmers, James Sellars, John Honeyman, William Leiper and William Motherwell.

The trail covering the west of the peninsula was produced by Ann Bray and Richard Reeve of Kilcreggan, and Richard said a companion guide to the eastern coast would soon be compiled.

He added: “The trail is for information for local people, but more specifically for visitors to give them a wee taster and arouse curiosity in the area. We printed 250 leaflets of the west trail and will wait for feedback before printing an additional 250.”

It was funded by a grant from the Health and Wellbeing Fund of the Argyll and Bute Community Health Partnership.

Copies are available at locations including Cove Shop, Cove Burgh Hall, Cove Library, Knockderry House Hotel, the Commodore Hotel in Helensburgh, the Ardencaple Hotel in Rhu, and Helensburgh Railway Station.