Balmillig B&B

Originating as the small fishing and farming settlement of Malig or Millig, Helensburgh gained its English name from Lady Helen, Countess of Sutherland and wife of Sir James Colquhoun of Luss who promoted the development of a new town on the site in 1776. The advent of Steam navigation spurred by town provost Henry Bell's pioneering steamship, Comet (1812), helped Helensburgh develop as a popular coastal spa for Glasgow's nouveau riche, but it was the arrival of the railway in 1858 which brought the most rapid growth as the town boomed as an upmarket residential dormitory for Glasgow's professional and business people. The town's 18th century tree lined grid street plan and its unparalleled collection of Victorian and Edwardian domestic and civic buildings by the leading architects of the day, lends Helensburgh an air of stylish elegance unequalled anywhere in Scotland. The images here tell you why Helensburgh is a "must visit". Click here for "PHOTO OF THE MONTH".

Balmillig B&B
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A 20 minute walk from Balmillig,, Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece, "The Hill House", is open to the public afternoons only.

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Visiting "Fife" yachts bring the elegance of yesteryear to the town's marina

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Helensburgh Bicentenary Piping and Dancing Competition is held in the town's Hermitage Park in June. Helensburgh also boasts its own Highland Games.

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Scots Baronial civic grandeur - Victoria Halls

Helensburgh is famous for its elegant Victorian villas

Edwardian villas grace Upper Colquhoun Street

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Leafy Colquhoun Street is typical of the town

Helesnburgh blossoms in a spring spectacular

Cherry blossom near Balmillig

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Tree lined streets glow with Autumn colour

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View over Gareloch from "Highlan'man's Road"

Rhu Kirk drifts in a crocus sea

Walk to Rhu by the "Highlan'man's Road"

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The area around Helensburgh is very beautiful, especially so Loch Lomond, which is a 'must see' at any time of year.