Helensburgh

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For other places with the same name, see Helensburgh (disambiguation).
View from Helensburgh Pier

Helensburgh is a town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

The town is notable for being the birthplace of "John Logie Baird", the inventor of television.

The Tourist Information Office is in the Clock Tower, East Clyde Street, (01436 672642), open in the summer only. From the station, walk one block towards the sea down Sinclair Street, then cross the road to the office in the clock tower of the former Old Parish Church (the rest of the building was demolished).

Get in[edit]

It is around 30 miles west of Glasgow.

By car[edit]

Helensburgh can be accessed via the A82/A814.

By train[edit]

Regular trains (usually 2 per hour) run to Helensburgh Central from Edinburgh via Glasgow (Queen Street Station Low Level). A few services a day also run to Helensburgh Upper on the West Highland Railway from Oban, Fort William and Glasgow Queen Street. Helensburgh Upper is also served by a 6 days a week sleeper from [[London | London Euston]

By Ferry[edit]

The passenger ferries from Kilcreggan and/or Gourock ceased operation in April 2012. It is still possible to get a ferry from Gourock to Kilcreggan and then get a bus to Helensburgh.

The paddle steamer Waverley occasionally calls at Helensburgh during the summer.

Get around[edit]

Buses run services into most of the town's areas on a regular basis until around 11pm at night. Regular buses also run to Glasgow and various other outlaying villages and towns.

See[edit]

  •    Hill House. Upper Colquhoun Street, G84 9AJ. About 1 mile up the hill from the seafront. A house designed by renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, managed by the National Trust for Scotland, 23 Mar to 31 Oct, daily 1.30-5.30, admission £10.
  •    GlenarnGlenarn Road, Rhu, G84 8LL (1 mile west of Helensburgh off the A814 in the conservation village of Rhu.),  +44 1436 820493. Open daily 21 March - 21 September from sunrise to sunset.. A special woodland garden with a Himalayan atmosphere where you can walk under superb giant species rhododendrons or look out across the Gareloch. £4.00.
  •    Henry Bell Monument (West Clyde Street, at the bottom of James Street). Erected in memory of Henry Bell, first Provost of the town in 1807 and builder of the Comet paddle-steamer in 1812 to link Glasgow, Greenock and Helensburgh.

Do[edit]

  •    Waverley Paddle Steamer. Sails from Helensburgh to Inellan, Dunoon,Rothesay and round the Kyles of Bute during the summer season.

Buy[edit]

As well as its supermarkets and multiple stores, Helensburgh has a great variety of privately owned retail shops and other businesses. There are hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafés and coffee shops, some with outside tables in the square.

Eat[edit]

There are lots of places in the centre of town for a daytime snack or cup of tea, but less for evenings. There are Indian and Chinese Restaurants, and Fish and Chip shops.

  • Riverbank 41 West Clyde Street G84 8AW and La Barca 33 West Clyde Street are two different restaurants a few doors apart run by the same family.
  • Commodore Hotel112 - 117 West Clyde St 01436 676924. Hotel serving "pub grub".
  •    Ardencaple HotelShore Road Rhu 01436 820200. Hotel serving "pub grub"
  •    Kidston Park Cafe. Small cafe with great views in a park at the Western end of the seafront promenade.
  •    The Henry Bell19/29 James Street. G84 8AS. Wetherspoon pub.

Drink[edit]

Helensburgh has many pubs and restaurants to choose from. The Clyde Bar a warm and friendly local pub with many entertainment evenings, it has a unique style and charm that makes it a popular draw for locals and visitors, young and old. A must not miss for a flavour of Helensburgh.

Sleep[edit]

Helensburgh has a wide mix of accommodation from homely B&Bs/guest houses to hotels.

Bed and Breakfasts[edit]

Hotels[edit]

  •    Commodore Hotel112-117 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, G84 8ES +44 1436 676924. The biggest hotel in town with rooms from £55. Refurbished in about 2004. On the sea front about 1/2 mile from the town centre.
  •    Imperial Hotel12-14 West Clyde St,Helensburgh, G84 8SQ. +44 1436 672320. In the centre of town on the sea front.
  •    County Lodge HotelOld Luss Road, Helensburgh, G84 7BH. +44 1436 672034. Nearly 1 mile east of the town centre, near Colgrain Station. Rooms £40-£55.

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