Argyll & Bute - Helensburgh
Helensburgh is a town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It lies on
the north shore of the Firth of Clyde and the eastern shore of the
entrance to the Gareloch.
Helensburgh was formerly in Dumbarton District, but was re-allocated
under local government reorganisation in 1996. Prior to 1975 it was
part of the former Dunbartonshire.
Helensburgh was founded in 1776 when Sir James Colquhoun of Luss
built spa baths on the site of Ardencaple Castle, which dated back
to about 1600. He then had the seaside resort town constructed to
the east of the spa on a formal layout in the style of Edinburgh New
Town, and named it after his wife Helen. A ferry service he arranged
across the Firth of Clyde to Greenock was successful in attracting
residents who could commute from jobs there to attractive homes in
the new town.
In 1808, Henry Bell bought the public baths and hotel, which his
wife superintended while he continued his interest in early
steamboats such as the nearby Charlotte Dundas and the North River
Steamboat which Robert Fulton had just introduced at New York City.
To improve hotel trade, he had the paddle steamer Comet constructed
and in 1812 introduced Europe's first successful steamboat service,
bringing passengers down the River Clyde from Glasgow to Greenock
Whistlers Dell B&B
Tel: 01436 820195 / 07725 555233
Escape – to a tranquil stay for
2 nights or more in one of our two beautifully refurbished
rooms – each with private facilities, flowers, chocolates,
fluffy dressing gowns and slippers, and other personal
Your stay includes a delicious
Scottish breakfast with freshly squeezed juice and
home-baked bread and free internet access and parking.
A beautifully appointed
boutique bed and breakfast (B&B) in a unique detached family
home – in its own very peaceful and private
woodland garden and stream (an ancient smugglers’ route …)
very close to the Gareloch – in Rhu, Helensburgh, near
Faslane and Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Scotland.
Rhu is a lovely
conservation village, 5 minutes by car from both Helensburgh
town centre and Faslane, and 15 minutes from the world
renowned and beautifully romantic Loch Lomond.
If you wish to visit Scotland,
we are very well placed as a start point or end point for
touring Scotland’s wonderful west coast and Western Isles.
The Gareloch is very popular for water sports such as
yachting. Rhu Marina is very close to us, as are two yacht
The County Hotel
Tel: 01436 672034
The County Hotel is a family run business. We are customer
focused and endeavour to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable
as we can. Situated approximately 2 miles from the banks of Loch
Lomond, one of the magnificent sea lochs of Scotland, our Hotel
provides 10 en-suite bedrooms, a public bar and a 50 seater dining
area for you to enjoy your evening meals in. The County Hotel is
based at the entrance of Helensburgh birthplace of Television
inventor John Logie Baird.
Ian Colqhoun named the town after his wife Helen. He built spa’s,
ferry links and attracted visitors from Glasgow and beyond.
The County Hotel is a brisk 10 minute walk away from spectacular
views of the seafront and the town centre. The Hill House is a fine
tourist attraction situated on the top of Sinclair Streetand is well
you would like to add any supplements such as a bottle of malt
whisky, wine or chocolates to be placed in the room ready for your
arrival please do not hesitate to phone ahead and arrange this with
The Coach House
Tel: 01436 820806
The Coach House at Aros is ideally
suited to individuals or couples who are looking for the highest
standard of self catering accommodation.
It offers the luxury & style you would
expect from a Boutique Hotel with full sky television & wi-fi
included. Situated in a very private & secluded setting on the
outskirts of the picturesque village of Rhu which is famous for its
sailing clubs & marina and sitting in the beautiful grounds of Aros
House with stunning views overlooking the GareLoch.
Loch Lomond is just 10 mins away going
via the A817 which has recently been voted “The most scenic road in
Scotland”. The ideal base for exploring the National Park with
excellent walking, fishing, sailing, climbing & golf all nearby or
if you simply wish to relax in beautiful surroundings then the Coach
House at Aros is the perfect location.
There are numerous restaurants & cafes
in the area to suit all budgets.