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
A 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!
Food 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.
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.
“Just amazing, excellent taste” July 2015
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.
“Wonderful place to stay” November 2015
Comfortable and relaxing place to stay. John and Anne are excellent, friendly and extremely helpful hosts. B&B is conveniently located with a short walk to downtown Helensburgh and close to numerous local attractions in the Loch Lomond area. I travel to Helensburgh frequently on business and have stayed at numerous hotels in the area. This was my first time staying at the Balmillig and I was very pleased with the accommodations. I’d highly recommend it for anyone looking for a relaxing, comfortable and quiet stay in the area whether traveling for business or pleasure.
"Lovely accommodation and hospitality” February 2016
Have just returned following a 2 night stay at Balmillig whilst visiting family in Helensburgh. We stayed in the Blue room which was so lovely – it is very roomy and has added extras to make your stay very comfortable. The room and ensuite were excellent – the huge bed so inviting it was hard to get up each morning for the excellent breakfast!
The location was ideal for us. We visited local restaurants for some lovely food and it was only a short drive to reach Loch Lomond or Arrochar for some beautiful walks.
An added bonus for me was the garden – although January, it had shrubs in bloom and the wildlife pond welcomed the various birds to use as a bird bath or to drink. We ate breakfast in the conservatory whilst watching numerous birds on the feeders close up.
Can highly recommend Balmillig – John and Anne are very welcoming hosts with lots of local knowledge. A pleasure to visit and we would definitely book again.