Helensburgh & Clyde Sea Lochs

Scotland's Adventure Coast

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Helensburgh. The town is easy to reach, with regular direct trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh, and Helensburgh Upper Station is on the world famous West Highland Line.

Named for Helen, the wife of Sir James Colquhoun who founded the town in the late 18th Century, Helensburgh developed into a grand Victorian seaside resort for the wealthy merchants of Glasgow. Of the many architectural gems in the area, the finest is surely Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s internationally renowned Hill House, currently protected by an award-winning architectural chainmail ‘Box’ which offers visitors a unique perspective from its walkways.

Helensburgh is a great place to explore, with a fantastic range of unique independent shops and galleries, and a market twice a month. There are also many wonderful eateries to enjoy, with everything from patisserie and cosy cafés to award-winning restaurants or fish and chips on the seafront promenade.

The ‘Garden City of the Clyde’, Helensburgh is also famous for its tree lined streets, particularly the spectacular Spring cherry blossom, and beautiful gardens nearby include Geilston and Glenarn. Families are well catered for with the Helensburgh Leisure Centre and play facilities at Hermitage Park, and boat trips on the River Clyde allow visitors to get up close to the famous Sugar Boat shipwreck and maybe even see some dolphins!

The free Discover Helensburgh App features over 50 places of interest, 8 self-guided trails and family fun activities. If you are feeling adventurous, Helensburgh is also a great base to explore the John Muir Way, Three Lochs Way, Argyll Sea Kayak Trail and Clyde Sea Lochs Trail, all of which pass through the town. There is a busy local programme of events and activities and you can find the latest listings on the Destination Helensburgh website or in their Visitor Information Centre in the town.

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Knockderry Country House Hotel

Relax in comfort and dine in an award winning restaurant overlooking Loch Long, one of the magnificent lochs of Scotland and in the heart of rural Argyll and...

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G84 0NX

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McKinlay Kidd Ltd

Award-winning specialist tour operator making holidays differently throughout Argyll and the Isles. At McKinlay Kidd, we like to get up close and personal wi...

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6/1 (front) The Hatrack
144 St Vincent St
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G2 5LQ

Tel: 0141 260 9260

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Heathery Heights

Heathery Heights offers bespoke guided walks and tailored outdoor experiences for individuals and small groups across Argyll & the Isles. With so much on...

Head Office, Heathery Heights
Upper Erskine
Manse Brae
PA31 8QZ

Tel: 07899 765240

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The Wild Scot

Failte - My name is Perri Hopkinson and I am a Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide offering private luxury tours around Scotland. I have boundless energy and e...

Head Office, Portsonachan
Dalmally
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PA33 1BJ

Tel: +44 7943613334

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Argyll Chefs Table

At Argyll Chefs Table, our team is dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience, driven by our unwavering passion for culinary excellence. Led by...

Argyll & Bute

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Mansefield House

Mansefield House, situated in the picturesque highland village of Arrochar, on the shores of Loch Long, is a fine Grade B listed Victorian house. Full of cha...

Mansefield House
Arrochar
G83 7AG

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Live Argyll - Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

A hub for community events since its opening in 1887, the Victoria Halls still provides an essential service to local people and remains Helensburgh’s first...

Sinclair Street
Helensburgh
Argyll
G84 8TU

Tel: 01436 673275

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Campbell Cottage

Campbell Cottage, situated in the picturesque Argyll village of Arrochar, Loch Long, is a cosy listed cottage. The cottage forms one side of The Steadings. B...

Campbell Cottage
1 Invereoch Court
Arrochar
Argyll & Bute
G83 7AB

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Follow the traditional road route into Argyll & the Isles along the A82 as far as Dumbarton, Balloch and Loch Lomond.

Travellers can diverge from the A82 at Dumbarton to travel along the edge of the Clyde on the A814 to Cardross and Helensburgh and on to Garelochhead and Arrochar – look out for the route markers of the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail which starts in Dumbarton, a 65 mile road route which also takes in the beautiful Rosneath Peninsula.

Alternatively, continue up the A82 on Loch Lomondside. Helensburgh is only around 10 minutes from Loch Lomond on the A818, or there is the A817 connecting to Garelochhead, which is a stunning drive in either direction offering panoramic views to the east and west.

You can also access Helensburgh by bus, train (including the Highland Explorer on the West Highland Line), cycle routes, or walk along the John Muir Way or Three Lochs Way

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