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      14.10.2009 22:53
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      An ok day trip but no more

      Helensburgh is a small town which is on the west coast of Scotland approximately one hour on the train from Glasgow. The town is placed with a beach beside the River Clyde (although to call the beach by that name is somewhat unfair as it is a simply some sand and not clean) and is popular with elderly bus tours. The town itself has a variety of shops on offer including Boots, Thorntons, WH Smith, Abbey, M&Co, Superdrug, Happit, Co-Op, Tesco, a butchers and hairdressers. The town is laid out in a simple way with the town itself actually a designed place and the thinking to make it in blocks. There are a large amount of pubs with differing quality and prices on offer as can also be said for the takeaways with 3 chinese take aways and about 3 indian take aways added to the numerous chips shops. The money for the town comes in a large part from the nearby Faslane naval base and most of the residents of the town are either workers for the armed forces, former employees or related to someone in the armed forces. The town does offer some nice views across the River Clyde and some excellent photography available. There is also at the top end of Helensburgh Glen Fruin which if you are able to drive then this is a nice place for great views. The transport links for Helensburgh are good with 2 train stations on offer and buses also running between the town and its nearest city (Glasgow). Positives: - A scenic town - Good transport links - Numerous pubs - Numerous take aways and restaurants - A leisure centre offering a swimming pool and gym - A seafront car park - Helensburgh pier (ferry running on occassion) - Golf course - Park Negatives: - Dirty beach - Large amount of elderly causing progression and money available to be invested to be held up - Lack of activities Helensburgh is scenic but offers little to do so if you are looking for a day out is nice but I would not recommend living there as there are no signs of development.

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