Things to do in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute
Helensburgh's history dates back to 1600 when Ardencaple Castle was built.
The site was later used by Sir Ian Colquhoun to build the spa in 1776 as part of his upscale planned town which he named after his wife, Helen.Greenock to live on the more pleasant north side of the Clyde.
The first commercial steamboat in Europe, the Comet, was built by Henry Bell in 1812 and an obelisk commemorating him stands on the waterfront close to the statue of John Logie Baird.
Present Day Helensburgh
Helensburgh has a pleasant town centre with a good mix of shops from independently owned shops to chain stores and supermarkets.
In the evening there are Indian and Chinese restaurants, fish and chip shops and several pubs serving home-cooked food.
The Tourist Information Office is a good source of information and is located in the Clock Tower on East Clyde Street.
Helensburgh has several churches including the lovely St Michaels and All Angels on William Street.
The seafront is given over to gardens and is a pleasant place to stroll with open views across the Clyde.
Things to Do Around Helensburgh
The Waverley Paddle Steamer is a popular local attraction.
It was built in 1903 for publisher Walter Blackie and is now managed by The National Trust for Scotland.
Rhu is at the west end of Helensburgh and is a centre for yachting on the Clyde estuary.
Hermitage Park has enjoyable walks, tennis and bowling facilities and a skateboarding park for youngsters.
Loch Lomond is within easy reach from Helensburgh and offers walking, cycling, horseriding, boat trips, kayaking and other water sports.
The area is ideal for scenic drives and for nature spotting amidst some glorious scenery.
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