Access Trust

When Helensburgh was part of Dumbarton District Council, HGBG worked with Council officials about access. The Upland Way was the first new path which evolved from this cooperation. Once Helensburgh had become part of Argyll and Bute, HGBG and the Council took the initiative to create the Helensburgh and District Access Forum. That included a wide range of interests. It subsequently became a registered charity, a company limited by guarantee and changed its name to the Helensburgh and District Access Trust, its current name. We continue to work closely with it.

The Trust consists of representatives of 14 local groups, including Argyll & Bute Council, the Scottish Landowners’ Federation,the National Farmers’ Union, three Community Councils and other interested organisations, eg. Natural History Society, Tourist Association, British Horse Society, and Friends of Loch Lomond.

HGBG remains part of it, but feels that the broader coverage is an improvement. All three of the Access Forum convenors to date have been HGBG committee members.

In 2005 the Helensburgh and District Access Trust compiled and published a very useful and detailed guide to footpaths and walks in and around Helensburgh and into nearby Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park . It can be purchased from the local tourist information office and other outlets in Helensburgh. It is intended to be updated.

The latest exciting initiative by the Access Trust is a planned 50 km. footpath from Balloch to Inveruglas, via Helensburgh, to be called the “Three Lochs Way”. For a map of it and photographs, see the HGBG feature on it in this website. In March 2010 the Trust completed a 1km section of this route in Glen Fruin with liaison and agreement from Luss Estates, through funding from the National Park Heritage Grant Scheme.