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Population: 19200
Council: Argyll and Bute
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With gallons of ice cream, bales of candy floss, fish and chips, and the bright neon fun-fare of amusements, visitors to Helensburgh will be glad to learn that the sea air will eventually have a sedative effect on the kids. A proper seaside town – windswept, interesting, and overlooking the Gareloch – Helensburgh was created with leisure in mind. It owes its creation to Sir Ian Colquhoun of Luss; in 1776 he built spa baths on the site of Ardencaple Castle, and as the town took shape, modelled on the Georgian sensibilities of Edinburgh’s New Town, he named it after his wife, Helen. Colquhoun commissioned ferry links and created a commuter town that soon attracted holidaymakers from Glasgow and beyond. Sailing down the Clyde to Helensburgh became a habit practised every summer. With the arrival of the railway in 1858, Helensburgh was becoming more accessible – it was becoming so popular that a second station was opened in 1894. The town’s most famous building was designed by that iconic modernist and Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and built in 1903 for the wealthy publisher Walter Blackie. Now owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, its aggressively avant-garde design is now enjoyed by visitors the world over. Helensburgh is still a prosperous town, with both its share of visitors and house prices that reflect its idyllic setting, and perfect position for discovering the sea lochs and wild life of the Clyde Estuary.

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The County Lodge Hotel (0.93 miles)

The County Lodge Hotel
The County Lodge Hotel is not far from breathtaking views of the Helensburgh seafront, our hotel is only a 10 minute drive away from Rhu Marina. If you are planning to visit family or friends ... More | visit website
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The County Hotel (0.93 miles)

The County Hotel
The town of Helensburgh is 20 miles west of Glasgow and 15 miles from Glasgow Airport. (40 mins drive). The town and the hotel are an ideal location for visitors to Glasgow, Loch Lomond and ... More | visit website
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Ardencaple Hotel (1.29 miles)

Ardencaple Hotel

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Located in the picturesque setting of Rhu near Helensburgh, and overlooking the east side of Gareloch, this hotel assures a traditional warm and friendly Scottish welcome. Rooms are fully en suite and ... More

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Rosslea Hall Country House Hotel (2.04 miles)

Rosslea Hall Country House Hotel

Built in 1849 by merchant businessman Daniel Walkinshaw, Rosslea Hall retains much of its traditional charm whilst also offering the modern day facilities that you would naturally expect to find.
The much loved garden offers a ... More | visit website

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Tontine Hotel (3.98 miles)

Tontine Hotel

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The Tontine Hotel, Greenock's Premier Hotel, is a place to stay for a holiday or as a venue for a Wedding/Conference. There is no doubt this is a fabulous hotel,with ... More

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The Carrick at Cameron House Luxury Lodges (4.16 miles)

The Carrick at Cameron House Luxury Lodges

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Experience relaxation at De Vere at any time of year through our uniquely flexible seasonal ownership scheme. When you're at a De Vere resort you'll feel relaxed, pampered and revitalised. ... More

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Premier Inn Greenock (4.45 miles)

Premier Inn Greenock
Just off the A8, alongside the waterfront on the site of a former shipyard, this hotel boasts excellent views of the River Clyde. Conveniently located for Cartsdyke train station, enabling easy access to Glasgow. For ... More | visit website
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Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond (4.76 miles)

Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond
De Vere Hotel Cameron House on Loch Lomond is a stunning five star Scottish Baronial Mansion on the banks of Loch Lomond a perfectly located within Scotland’s first national park. An ideal base for those ... More | visit website
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Tullie Inn (5.83 miles)

Tullie Inn

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The Tullie Inn is a 12 bedroom inn in the heartland of Scotland facing one of Scotland's most famous lochs - Loch Lomond. The Tullie Inn offers excellent hospitality, together ... More

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Innkeeper's Lodge Loch Lomond (5.94 miles)

** ALL OUR RATES INCLUDE COMPLIMENTARY CONTINENTAL BUFFET BREAKFAST ** Situated on the edge of Loch Lomond next to the Balloch House Vintage Inn, this lodge is surrounded by some of the country's most stunningly ... More | visit website

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