Helensburgh is known as the Gateway to the Highlands and is ideally situated for exploring the Clyde Sea Lochs and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It is also a great jumping-off point for the rest of Argyll and the West Highlands.
Regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest domestic creation. Open April to October. The National Trust for Scotland. www.nts.org.uk/property/the-hill-house
The last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Various excursions from Helensburgh Pier from May - October. www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/
Open March - September. www.gardens-of-argyll.co.uk/gardens/glenarn.html
Open April to October. The National Trust for Scotland. www.nts.org.uk/property/geilston-garden
Adventure activities, bird watching and walking are among the pursuits available. www.lochlomond-trossachs.org
Take a breathtaking flight in a seaplane over Loch Lomond, the West Coast or Glasgow. www.lochlomondseaplanes.com
Leisure and shopping destination - Open all year. Farmers Market 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Shopping mall; Sea Life Centre; Bird of Prey Centre; Community Cinema; Maid of the Loch and Balloch Steam Slipway and Bike/Boat hire facilities. www.lochlomondshores.com
Home to 35 birds with over 25 species in a natural woodland location on the edge of Loch Lomond.
Open all year. Click on the logo for 25% discount.
Various short cruises available on Loch Lomond, departing from various points on the Loch. Available all year. www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk
Conservation village on the banks of Loch Lomond and within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Open all year. www.linnbotanicgardens.org.uk
Distillery tours. Open all year. www.auchentoshan.com
Distillery tours. Open all year. Click on the logo for 10% discount.
Indoor adventure activities including real snow ski slope, ice and rock climbing and an aerial adventure course as well as bowling, cinema, shops, bars and restaurants. Open all year. www.intubraeheadleisure.com
A tree top adventure, amidst the stunning scenery of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in Aberfoyle.
Open Feb - Nov. Click on the logo for 15% discount.
Sail across the Loch on the iconic SS Sir Walter Scott or The Lady of the Lake
Open March - Nov. Click on the logo for 20% discount.
Shops, museums, art galleries...Glasgow has it all. Direct trains from Helensburgh throughout the day (50 mins).
Brewery Tours. Open all year. www.fyneales.com
Visit Stirling Castle, the centre of art, culture and celebrity in the 16th century (Open all year. www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk) or The National Wallace Monument (Open all year. www.nationalwallacemonument.com)
Visit Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll (Open April - October; www.inveraray-castle.com)
Inveraray Jail - Inveraray Jail is a living museum where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Talk to
the prisoners, meet the warder and even sample the punishments. (Open all year).
Click on the logo for 20% discount.
Open all year. Winter - skiing. Summer - biking, hiking, climbing, archery, chairlift rides and cafe. www.glencoemountain.co.uk
.......and so much more!