The delightful town of Helensburgh sits just 20 miles west of Glasgow, overlooking Gare Loch. Take in the picturesque waterside views from the Kilcreggan pier, before heading to The Hill House, a restored mansion with bespoke interiors designed by the renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Clustered around the station you'll find a sprinkling of friendly and traditional British pubs.
Long walks in Loch Lomond
Just 15 minutes from Helensburgh by car brings you to the southern edge of the sprawling Loch Lomand and the Trossachs National Park, the fourth largest in Britain. It's perfect for walkers, cyclists and serious trekkers, not to mention watersports enthusiasts, who can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and fishing on Loch Lomond itself. For the best views, hikers should head up to Ben Lomond via the lesser-used Ptarmigan trail and drink in stunning vistas from almost 1,000 metres high,
Jump on the train from Helensburgh and you can be in Scotland's largest city in 40 minutes. Glasgow has a thriving music scene, as venues like Barrowlands, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and Dingwall's lead the way with eclectic live music programmes. For stylish bars, head to the Glasgow's West End.
Looking for a cheap hotel Near Helensburgh? Travelodge Helensburgh Seafront Hotel is perfectly placed, whilst Travelodge Dubarton Hotel has great road links.