Cove and the Rosneath peninsula across Loch Long
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Cove is a village in Dunbartonshire, on the southwest of the Rosneath peninsula, the long, narrow, hilly snip of land isolated between Loch Long and Gairloch. Cove lies on the east shore of Loch Long, squashed along the shoreline by the rising bulk of the peninsula behind.
Just to the south, barely separated from it, is the village of Kilcreggan, which sits on the Clyde shore and with which once Cove was linked as a burgh.
In common with many villages in the area, Cove was home to wealthy Glasgow merchants and shipowners in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Several of the large houses have either been converted or have gone. Survivors include over a dozen houses by Alexander "Greek" Thomson: Craigrownie Castle, Glen Eden, Craig Ailey, Ferndean and Seymour Lodge, all dating from the 1850s.
Of those not by Thomson, Hartfield was the summer residence of James Burns, 3rd Baron Inverclyde became a YMCA hostel before its dereliction and demolition in the 1960s by Fraser Hamilton of Knockderry Farm.
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