The visitor guide on Helensburgh in Argyll gives you information on and around the place, including getting in and around, sights, accommodation and hotels in Helensburgh.
On the west coast, the Lowlands and Highlands are separated by the Firth of Clyde, which leads eventually into the heart of the city of Glasgow. Twenty-three miles northwest of Glasgow on the A814, overlooking the Clyde, is the town of Helensburgh, its wide, grid-plan streets lined with elegant Georgian houses. The town boasts a few very notable connections; both Henry Bell, originator of the steamship, and John Logie Baird, who invented the television, were born here.
Phone code: +44 (0) 1436 Population: 14,000
Local Sights & Activities for Helensburgh
Helensburgh is most famously known for its connection with the great Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. In the upper part of the town, on Upper Colquhoun Street, is Hill House, one of the best examples of Mackintosh's work. The house was designed for Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie in 1902-04, and is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The house is a masterpiece of balanced perfection and artistry and there's much to admire. The attention to detail, the use of natural light, the symbolism of the floral patterns and use of light and dark – hallmarks of his personal Art Nouveau style – are all very much in evidence.
After exploring the house, you can visit the kitchen, which has been tastefully converted into a tearoom (open 1330-1630). Tel. 673900. Apr-Oct daily 1330-1730. To get there from the Central Train Station, walk about a mile and a half up Sinclair St, then turn left at Kennedy St and follow the signs. From Helensburgh Upper Station it's a 5-min walk.
Helensburgh Hotels & Accommodation
The most upmarket place to stay is The Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde St, Tel. 676924, Fax. 677112. 45 rooms. West Clyde Street overlooks the loch and is where , Tel. 673461,
There are lots of B&Bs, including Ava Lodge, 44 Glasgow St, Tel. 677751
Self Catering Cottages in Helensburgh
- Middledrift Sleeps 4 - 6