Scotland’s Best Bed & Breakfast

Back in December 2016, my boyfriend and I stayed at a charming B&B that I found on Instagram, of all places. Out of all the lodgings we’ve stayed at across the globe, we love this one best. In May of 2018, we had the opportunity to return to Scotland’s best bed & breakfast, and of course we couldn’t not go.

Visiting Scotland's best bed & breakfast.

Staying at Scotland’s Best Bed & Breakfast

No. 20 B&B on Craigendoran Ave, in Helensburgh is a quiet, family run bed and breakfast. It’s traditional, yet serves up a fresh take on the old school B&Bs we’re so familiar with.

Catriona, owner and operator of No. 20, is the most welcoming host I’ve ever had. The place is filled with professional hospitality that can’t be met elsewhere. Having travelled herself, Catriona knows what the best of the best is, and certainly meets that standard for everyone who comes to stay.

Craigendoran in Scotland along the Clyde.
Looking out of Craigendoran Ave.

Although I did write a post about No. 20 already (read the initial story here), I felt the need to update based on our last stay.

Signing the guest book at No. 20 B&B in Scotland. Feeling Nostalgic.
Our original entry in The Heron’s guestbook.

Enjoying the tranquility and coziness of this Scottish home-turned-B&B is the perfect way to end any UK holiday, or begin any Highland adventure. Catriona is full of ideas for your next day-trip, or night out to dinner. Make sure to pick her brain about what to do and see in the area!

Stack of Scottish books to read.

Dining at Scotland’s Best Bed & Breakfast

The morning meal is what really makes this place Scotland’s best bed & breakfast. It might as well be cooked by a Michelin Star chef. The Full Scottish Breakfast is the best we had on our trips (and we’ve had more full Scottish breakfasts than I’d like to admit). Locally-sourced food makes all the difference. But if a traditional meal isn’t your thing, there are a few healthier options.

Scotland's best bed & breakfast. A rustic breakfast nook complete with Highland coo.
The cutest pineapple fruit cup with yogurt.
Fresh fruit and yogurt.
A proper Full Scottish Breakfast.
The Full Scottish Breakfast.
A breakfast serving bar with fresh cereals and juices and jams.
A Scottish breakfast room complete with tartan accents.

Oh, and the scones. When offered tea and homemade scones, don’t think twice. If you read the note we left, you’ll know that my boyfriend’s favourite thing at the B&B was the scones. I’m still begging for the recipe!

Scottish tea and scones with jam.
Scottish tea served with freshly-baked scones and homemade jam.
A cozy Scotland inspired living room. Rustic sitting area with leather couch and fireplace.
Tea is served in this charming sitting area, open to guests to relax and hang out in.
Rustic side table with whisky and a mirror made of antlers.
A wee dram - lovely display of whisky. Slàinte!
A beautiful Scottish inspired rustic living room. Scotland's best bed & breakfast.

Sleeping at Scotland’s Best Bed & Breakfast

What’s good accommodation without the most heavenly place to rest your head?

No. 20 B&B is complete with the coziest of blankets and pillows, and mattresses that feel like a cloud. The rooms are quite spacious for the UK, and are kept very tidy.

We’ve stayed in The Heron both times, which has a King size bed (so unusual for Europe, but welcomed!) and a separate bathroom complete with a deep tub. Showers are great, but there’s nothing quite like drawing a bath after a full day exploring the damp countryside.

The coziest bed decorated in a rustic Scottish decor, at Scotland's best bed & breakfast.
The Heron bedroom.
A large Narnia-inspired wardrobe.
A dressing table for doing your hair and makeup.
An old fireplace at a family home in Scotland.
Always remember to take photos first, and unpack later!
A golden rabbit and mirror, decorations in a bed & breakfast.
The sweetest details.
A sitting area in Scotland's best bed & breakfast.
The view of the Clyde out a window in Helensburgh, Scotland.
The view from the window of The Heron.

There is so much value in local hospitality and tourism when traveling.

When you come to stay at someone’s home and you can visibly see all the hard work they put into every single detail to make your stay more comfortable, it truly puts you in the best holiday mindset. It’s what makes you want to come back time and time again. That’s why B&Bs are my number one choice for accommodation.

No. 20 B&B, without a doubt, is Scotland’s best bed & breakfast.

Scotland's best bed & breakfast. No. 20 B&B in Helensburgh, Scotland.

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The cutest dog - a westie, or West Highland Terrier.
Thistle – the resident Westie.


  1. February 20, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    This place is beautiful! I love their attention to even the smallest details. And scones… oh my goodness! My absolute favorite! Looks like you had a lovely stay!

    • catekittlitz
      February 21, 2019 / 3:51 am

      Isn’t it? Me too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, I definitely did!!

  2. February 20, 2019 / 9:58 pm

    Wow this place looks lovely! As a Digital Nomad myself who is currently staying in England (visiting from the U.S.), I should consider heading up to check out this place! I make YouTube videos teaching Instagram growth hacks and how to make YouTube videos, so this could be a really great backdrop for some new videos. Especially since it’s already proven itself as Instagram-worthy! Thanks so much for sharing this gem. I had no idea about it before this!

    • catekittlitz
      February 21, 2019 / 3:52 am

      It’s a very lovely place to stay, no matter your purpose there! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • February 21, 2019 / 4:04 am

        Good point. I think I would definitely enjoy my time there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Haley
    February 22, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    How cute are these little places, also. I. Am hungry. You are just so talented Cate. I definitely want to go to Scotland!

    • catekittlitz
      February 22, 2019 / 6:54 pm

      Aw thanks so much! It’s such a beautiful place, so I’m happy to share.

  4. February 22, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    Omg I would stay here to be with that dog <3 and the place is absolutely beautiful!

    • catekittlitz
      February 22, 2019 / 6:56 pm

      Haha I know what you mean! A dog makes a place much more home-y ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. February 23, 2019 / 12:38 am

    I’ve actually never stayed in a bed and breakfast! This one makes me excited to try tho! I’m a believer!!

    • catekittlitz
      February 26, 2019 / 1:59 am

      WHAT?! You must now! But the UK B&B culture is the best really.

  6. February 24, 2019 / 3:48 pm

    This b&b looks so cozy! I definitely want to stay there one day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • catekittlitz
      February 26, 2019 / 2:00 am

      It really is one of the coziest places! If you can, do!!

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