Welcome to Balmillig

Bed & Breakfast and Self-Catering near Loch Lomond in Scotland

  • Great rooms – tasty breakfasts – friendly welcome
  • Off street parking, iPad in every room and wifi everywhere!
  • Few minutes walk to rail & bus, restaurants, seashore & National Park
  • On John Muir Way & Three Lochs Way
  • Electric car charging point

VS-4-Star-BandBA completely smoke free house, Balmillig offers cosy underfloor heating, excellent spacious showers and extra long beds in either twin/superking or double bedded options. The heated lounge/conservatory is comfortably furnished and has games, books and lots of information about the local area.

In the morning, enjoy fruit juice, cereals or porridge, fruit, toasted bread, oatcakes, homemade preserves, and a choice of freshly cooked eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and tattie scones. Have some or all; the choice is yours!

W---Taste-Our-Best-2015-2016Food Provenance – we serve our own homemade marmalade. Delicious Jam is made from Victoria Plums grown in the garden. Honey, when available, is supplied by local beekeepers. Decaffeinated Tea or Coffee or a selection of Fruit, Herbal, Earl Grey or Green Teas. Our teas and coffee are all Fairtrade certified.  Yoghurts are often Rowan’s, oatcakes are usually Stockan’s of Orkney and porridge is Scott’s Porage Oats from Cupar. Bacon and black pudding is from Bill McCune our butcher here in Helensburgh  while tattie scones are made by McGhee’s of Glasgow.

Gluten free bread/muesli/oatcakes and white bread available on request. If you would prefer something else not listed, just ask and we will try to provide it.

There is off street parking within the spacious and colourful garden which has a patio area where you can enjoy  the varied collection of shrubs, trees and herbaceous perennials selected to support wildlife as well as providing year round fragrance, floral and foliage interest.

“Like being at home” October 2015

We were warmly received by John and Anne and found their home to be relaxing, extremely clean, totally equipped bedrooms with wifi, tablet, tea preparations all ready to go. Breakfast was outstanding with cereals, hot dishes and delightful conversation. Complete travel brochures available in their conservatory. Beautiful flowers in their garden. Highly recommend their home for exploring the town and hiking the area. They are exceptional tour guides as well.

“Just amazing, excellent taste” July 2015

I stayed here with my husband for only one night but we only needed 2 minutes to realize that this is a lovely place. The room was beyond expectations, very big, full of light, nicely decorated, the bed was very big and super comfy, bathroom spotless, wifi very very good, location excellent. In the bathroom we even had make up remover which was a real help, as I didn’t have mine.
The conservatory where we had breakfast was really nice and the garden beautiful. We were very lucky to have excellent weather which made our holiday even better.
The host, Anne was just incredibly friendly but not intrusive so we had that privacy we needed. I just can’t stress enough how good the experience was and how homely our stay felt. Thank you very much Anne for such a warm stay!
We will definitely come back with some friends, as Helensburgh it’s a nice place, very very clean, with many good restaurants (La Barca) , nice views and friendly people.

“One of our favorites” – June 2015

We spent four nights at Balmillig, and felt like we were visiting family. The warm, helpful hosts designed and built the eco-friendly home especially to accommodate B&B, after many years of hosting in their former home. The house was also designed to fit into the neighborhood of nice older houses, and to have a wildlife-friendly garden. Besides running the B&B John and Anne are outdoor guides and promote activities in Loch Lomond National Park. Delicious breakfasts served family-style in a conservatory/lounge full of light. A folder of menus from recommended restaurants, with locations marked on a map (not much open on Sunday night, but we had a delicious Sunday Roast Special at the Riverbank Pub & Restaurant.) Halfway between the two rail stations, on a hill but when possible John provides a ride. Nicely decorated (no flowered wallpaper) with whimsical touches and art by local artists. It’s worth ordering a boiled egg for breakfast, just to see the amusing egg cup. We were lucky enough to get our toast served by a visiting grandson, age “three AND A HALF” who wore his fireman’s hat for the occasion (and his grandmother wore one with him.) Anytime access to rooms. Definitely a place to return to.


“Wonderful place”

“…Our room was extremely comfortable and spotlessly clean with a lovely en suite bathroom. The house itself is beautiful, well decorated and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was top notch, with plenty of choice and Jenny, the lovely host, is only too happy to cater to you…