8 reasons to go wild about Glasgow & Clyde Sea Lochs

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Glasgow is a city of culture, bursting with great buildings, galleries and venues. Scotland’s most celebrated architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, left a beautiful and lasting mark on the city. 

And just a short train journey away is the lovely coastal town of Helensburgh where you’ll find even more magnificent work by Mackintosh, as well as oodles of fabulous attractions and eateries. Here are eight reasons why your short break should pair Glasgow with Helensburgh.  


#1 Transport yourself

The Riverside Museum is Glasgow's free transport museum located on the banks of the River Clyde. There are thousands of objects on display. Climb aboard a tram, check out the motorbikes and walk down an old cobbled Glasgow street. The Tall Ship, Glenlee, the only one of her kind in the UK, is berthed outside. 

#2 Cheers!

Glasgow is a city with a centuries-old heritage of brewing pioneers. Visit the historic Wellpark Brewery, where Tennent’s lager is made. Take a tour and learn about one of Scotland’s best loved brands. There are loads of other micro breweries and brewpubs in Glasgow, including Drygate Brewery, Jaw Brew and Shilling Brewing Co.

#3 Lighting up

The former Glasgow Herald building, the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, houses The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design. Check out the brilliant Mackintosh Interpretation Centre before making your way to the viewing platform for fantastic views over Glasgow.

#4 Eat, Drink and Play

Grab some lunch at Bar Ten in the city centre. For dinner head to The Spanish Butcher in Merchants’ Quarter and get stuck into mouth-watering modern Spanish dishes. Another good spot for dinner is Alston Bar & Beef. For evening drinks it’s over to Glasgow’s East End to BaaD, Barras Art & Design. The BackYard, made entirely of shipping containers, combines indoor and outdoor bars, deck and beer garden.

Stay at Malmaison. This boutique hotel, formerly a Greek Orthodox Church, is full of style and located at the heart of the city.

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#5 The ride of your life

Take an exhilarating trip with Peninsula Trikes Scotland to explore the Clyde Sea Lochs and stunning landscape around Helensburgh. Ride in style in a luxurious chauffeur-driven ‘Billy Connolly’ style custom-built Rewaco 3-seater motor trike! There’s no better way to experience the scenery.

#6 Head for the hills

Hill House is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation. The celebrated architect and his artist wife Margaret MacDonald created almost everything you see here, from the building itself to its furniture and textiles. Hill House is currently undergoing extensive renovation, so check it’s open before you visit. In the heart of the town you’ll also find the Mackintosh Club, Mackintosh’s first complete commission built in 1894 and now a gallery, library and pop up tearoom.

#7 Get submerged

The UK’s submarine service is based in Helensburgh, so it’s fitting that the town is now home to the new Scottish Submarine Centre located next door to the Tower Digital Arts Centre. It’s a unique visitor experience with a decommissioned submarine as the centrepiece, and fully immersive video and audio.

#8 Eat, drink and play

For lunch try Padrone Pizza or Cattle & Creel, where you can tuck into the best Scottish steak and seafood right on the seafront of Helensburgh. Dive into a seafood platter or take a seat at the bar and enjoy freshly caught seafood on ice with a cold glass of fizz. For dinner head to the Sugar Boat, the neighbourhood bistro on Colquhoun Square. Or how about treating yourself to a fish supper from the Wee Kelpie and a stroll along the promenade!

Stay at Knockderry House, an award-winning country house hotel sitting on the shore of Loch Long.



The Glasgow Subway is the easiest way to get around the city centre and west end of Glasgow. There’s a regular Scotrail train service from Glasgow to Helensburgh. Hop on the train at Glasgow’s Queen Street and in just 45 minutes you’ll be in the heart of Helensburgh.

Glasgow is served by Glasgow Airport and there are regular bus links from the airport into Glasgow city centre. It's well connected by train from across the UK and is easily accessible by Scotland's extensive road network. 

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'The Heart & Soul of Scotland' campaign is a partnership between Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative and Glasgow Life, supported by partners: Visit Scotland, Argyll & Bute Council, Love Loch Lomond, ScotRail, Calmac Ferries, Loganair, Enterprise rent-a-car and West Coast Motors.