Helensburgh, Scotland: a Hidden Gem

Helensburgh, Scotland is a charming, culture-filled town with plenty to do (or not do). With really excellent local shopping, a handful of great restaurants (check out my post on it here), and ideal bed and breakfasts, it’s a prime location to base yourself out of to explore Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Helensburgh, Scotland. A hidden gem in the Scottish highlands.
Helensburgh, Scotland. A hidden gem in the Scottish highlands. An old doc along the River Clyde.

The town is a quiet haven if you need to get away and relax. Helensburgh is near Glasgow, recognized as a commuter town for the big city. It’s the place to start if you are interested in walking the John Muir Way, along with a few other foot trails. The Hill House is a historical home that is worth a look.

Downtown Helensburgh, Scotland.  Helensburgh Parish Church.
Low tide along the Clyde. Helensburgh, Scotland.

My favourite part of the little town is walking around its close-knit downtown. It’s very scenic and along the water. You can often spot people finding treasure along the shore during low tide. If there was ever a place to do sunset watching in Scotland, it would be right here on the docs.

Sunset on the Clyde. Helensburgh, Scotland.
Helensburgh, Scotland. A hidden gem in the Scottish highlands. A sea wall at sunset.
Visiting Helensburgh in Scotland.

I personally would be interested in heading back for the annual highland games. For those taking the train, the town has a great rail network. If you’re ever in Scotland, check it out!

Visiting Helensburgh, Scotland. A Scottish port town along the river Clyde.
Visiting Helensburgh, Scotland. A Scottish port town along the river Clyde.
Need a place to stay in Helensburgh, Scotland?

Visit No. 20 B&B and read my reviews on it: here and here.

Helensburgh, Scotland. One of Scotland's hidden gems.

P.S. This post has been updated. Some photos are from my first trip in December of 2016 and others are from May 2018.

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