Things to do, places to visit.

In and around Helensburgh

“The Hill House”, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 100 year old masterpiece of domestic architecture. Only a 15 minute walk from Balmillig.

As one of the UK’s prime realisations of a “Garden City”, Helensburgh is justly renowned for its fine villas, and superb gardens and streets set out with an outstanding array of ornamental flowering trees and shrubs which create a stunning display in spring. Late April and early May is the time to see this at its best, although the Autumn colours can also be a very beautiful.

Many quality specialist shops – jewellery, scottish gifts, art galleries. The Tower Digital Arts Centre streams world class events directly into the town venue.

Summertime cruises on PS Waverley – the world’s last sea going paddle steamer.
Glenarn – Springtime rhododendron gardens in elevated woodland setting.

Golf – many superb courses within the area. Discount play available locally.

Lots of pleasant walking on extensive footpath network in and around town.

Cycling – a great way to get around the area and we can lend you bikes.

The West Highland Railway Line from Helensburgh Upper Station offers one of the World’s Most Scenic railway journeys. Not to be missed!

Helensburgh’s Hogmanay Ceilidh, December 31st every year – just a few minutes walk from Balmillig.

Within 15 mins drive

Beautiful Loch Lomond &Trossachs National Park just a short distance away.
Balloch – Loch Cruises, Country Park. Loch Lomond Shores – Aquarium, Shopping, Maid of the Loch static steamship.

Luss – pretty estate village famous for its floral displays and lovely walks.

Coarse and game fishing on Loch Lomond & Rivers Fruin, Leven & Endrick.

Suburban, woodland, farmland, wetland, coastal, moorland and upland habitats mean birdwatching opportunities abound. Nearest RSPB reserve is at Gartocharn.

Loch Lomond Golf Course and the Carrick Golf Course and Spa.

Within 25 mins drive

Arrochar – hiking and climbing on the ‘Arrochar Alps’ including ‘The Cobbler’.
Tarbet – loch cruises.

Alexandria – Shopping at Antartex & Loch Lomond Factory Outlets.

Dumbarton – Medieval castle, Denny Ship Tank Maritime Museum, walks on the Lang Crags.

Rosneath Peninsula – Lovely views over sealochs, good walks and quiet cycling, Linn Botanic Gardens.

Within 1 hour’s drive

East Loch Lomond – Glengoyne Distillery, galleries, footpaths, Inchcailloch Nature Reserve, Ben Lomond.

Inveraray – 18thC planned town, old town jail, stately home of Duke of Argyll.

Glasgow – Interesting architecture, shopping malls , theatres & concert halls, world renowned galleries & museums, lively cafes and restaurants. Easily reached by train in 40 mins.

Trossachs – Forest walks, woollen centres, SS ‘Sir Walter Scott’ cruises, Rob Roy Centre, Mountain biking, Go Ape aerial adventure.

Cowal Peninsula – Benmore Botanic Gardens, Puck’s Glen, forest walks & bike rides

Stirling – mediaeval fortified town, superb ancient buildings, castle, shopping centre, Wallace Monument.


Hiking and Hillwalking and skiing/boarding

Located as it is on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, Helensburgh enjoys good access to many of the more southern “Munros” including the iconic Ben Lomond, on the shores of the incomparably scenic Loch Lomond. Nearby too are the craggy Arrochar Alps which include the impressive and well known “Corbett”, The Cobbler, a “must climb” for all keen hillwalkers¬† Bigger peaks like Bens More, Lui, Cruachan and even the Glencoe tops and Ski Centre are only an hour or so away.

Your hosts are qualified mountain leaders, and operate the guiding service, Lomondguides. We are also well placed for The Three Lochs Way long distance walking route which passes through Helensburgh. Click on Lomond Guides to find out how we make it easy and safe for you to discover the very best of Scotland’s wild and beautiful places.


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