Stop 1: The Hill House Box, Helensburgh, G84 9AJ

The Hill House is ‘dissolving like an aspirin in a glass of water’.

To protect the Hill House, The National Trust for Scotland have embarked on a pioneering conservation programme. The first stage has seen the construction of the Hill House Box, a protective steel frame structure covered in a chainmail mesh designed to protect the house from the rain. This will allow the walls to dry and prevent further damage.

Arguably as pioneering as the Hill House in 1904, the Box, along with a new visitor centre, will deliver a unique visitor experience.

Our entourage of vehicles from the tour will arrive here for around 11:26am and we will depart for around 12:30pm. The car park has been closed off for our vehicles during our visit. We will have flags at each side of the car parks entrance.

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Discover parts of the Hill House usually hidden from view on the walkways around the house. For those with a head for heights, venture onto the walkway over the roof to see the house in a way that even Mackintosh himself could not experience! While on the walkways, enjoy the spectacular views of Helensburgh and the surrounding area.

Whilst we enjoy breakfast on The Hill House Cafe Roof Terrace you will have the chance to wander around the exterior frames and truly take in every square inch of this protected and iconic building. The surrounding gardens are a spectacular sight too... today, the garden has the following main components: orchard and north wall herbaceous border, kitchen garden, glasshouse, rose garden, lilac circle, wildflower meadow, ‘plum pudding’ rockery and terraced lawns. The lower lawn was once a croquet lawn and tennis court!

We can't wait to show you this architectural masterpiece!

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