National Trust for Scotland in Helensburgh and Lomond
Helensburgh and Lomond is lucky to be home to two fabulous National Trust for Scotland properties:
The Hill House and Geilston Garden.
The National Trust for Scotland are an independent charity that protects and shares some of the country’s most precious historic places and natural landscapes on behalf of the people of Scotland. It is also the largest membership organisation in Scotland. They care for 88 properties across Scotland, including ancient houses, battlefields, castles, mills, gardens, coastlines, islands, mountain ranges and all the communities, plants and animals which depend upon them. For full details of opening times and the current programme of events at all of their properties, please visit the NTS website.
The Hill House in Helensburgh is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. Working to a commission from Glasgow book publisher Walter Blackie, up-and-coming architect Mackintosh and his wife Margaret created almost everything you see here, from the building itself to the furniture and textiles. Currently the building is encased in a chainmail mesh Box to protect it from the elements whilst it undergoes a 10 year renovation programme. The walkways of the Box give a unique opportunity for visitors to see the house from a new perspective.
Geilston Garden dates back over 200 years, and is typical of the small country estates on the banks of the Clyde. Geilston is celebrated for its landscaping, which harmonises nature and cultivation. At the centre is the walled garden, dating back to 1797, dominated by a mammoth Wellingtonia tree. Be inspired by the 40m long herbaceous perennial border, or wander into wilder territory down by the Geilston Burn to connect with nature. The kitchen garden springs to life in April and May. Children will love the playground, floral mini-maze and exploring the bluebell woods along the Geilston Burn.