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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 and Helensburgh.

Guest House/B&B Self Catering Self Catering

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 touches. 

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 clubs.


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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.

Sir 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 sign posted.

If 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 hotel.

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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.

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