Helensburgh is well situated for golfers, with easy access to Helensburgh Golf Club, Cardross Golf Club, the world famous Loch Lomond Golf Club and the new Carrick course at Loch Lomond. Cameron House Hotel and Spa is only a short drive away.

Loch Lomond Seaplanes is based only 20 minutes drive from Rhu and offers scenic flights over the area, or can transport you and your guests to remote five star restaurants or inaccessible lochs and beaches.

There are beautiful local gardens to visit including the National Trust’s Geilston and spectacular rhodendrons at Glenarn in Rhu. Ben More Botanic Gardens is a is a magnificent 120-acre mountainside garden surrounded by the dramatic scenery of Argyllshire. Steeped in history, it is home to a world-famous collection of plants.Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House (both National Trust for Scotland).

There are numerous historic houses, castle and sites within 2 hours’ drive of Helensburgh and Rhu. Inverary Castle, the home of the Duke of Argyll is situated on Loch Fyne, Stirling Castle in central Scotland is worth a visit, as is Mount Stuart on Bute. Edinburgh Castle is one of the oldest fortified places in Europe, with a long history as a royal residence, military garrison, prison and fortress. Locally in Helensburgh is the architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous Hill House.

Glasgow, situated further up the River Clyde, famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city’s 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. There are many places of interest to see, including Pollok House, Kelvingrove Museum and the Tennants Brewery.

Visit the world’s one and only rotating boat lift, the Falkirk Wheel.  A marvel of engineering and Scottish Canals’ flagship destination, it connects the Forth & Clyde Canal with the Union Canal in a half-turn that takes only five minutes and provides safe passage for boats between east and west of Scotland’s lowlands.

If you enjoy walking, then explore some of the local trails like the John Muir Way and Three Lochs Way or climb Ben Lomond. At 3,193ft/974m, it is the most southerly Munro (mountains over 3,000ft/914m). One of the most popular hill-walks in Scotland, you are rewarded with great views from the summit. The Cobbler, towering over Loch Long is also a popular local climb.

Scotland’s west coast is vast, remote, and varied. From the dark skies of Coll to the the wild flowers of Gigha, from the whisky distilleries on Islay and Jura to the golden beaches, castles, and stone circles – there’s so much to see and do and so many islands to explore; many can be reached on a day trip from Helensburgh.

For details on any of the above and for further information on where to go in Scotland, check out

the Visit Scotland website.