Situated approximately 30 miles West of Glasgow and nestled between the North shore of the Clyde estuary and beautiful Loch Lomond, Helensburgh is the largest settlement in Argyll & Bute with a population of around 15,400 (inc nearby Rhu). Regarded as an affluent commuter town for Glasgow it’s also home to Faslane Naval Base, the largest employer in the area and a source of significant commercial income for the township and its people. It is also a popular seaside resort for day trippers and a summer stop-off point for The Waverley paddle-steamer on its way ‘Doon the Water’.
Living locally in Helensburgh
The town is served by three railway stations, Helensburgh Upper on the West Highland Line, Craigendoran, on the North Clyde Line and Helensburgh Central, the terminus of the North Clyde Line. It takes 50 minutes to reach the shops and offices of Glasgow City Centre and another 50 minutes to Edinburgh and the East Coast.
The seafront has an indoor swimming pool, an esplanade walk, a range of shops, cafes and pubs and sailing facilities including a marina in Rhu. The streets are built on a gentle slope rising to the north east, and at the brow of the hill a golf club has views looking south out over the town where numerous other sports are active including football, rugby, cricket, athletics, netball, hockey, curling, bowling, sailing and fishing.
The locality is well served by a number of excellent state primary schools providing the high attainment secondary school, Hermitage Academy, with an annual influx of children eager to learn about well known townspeople such as John Logie Baird, the inventor of television; Henry Bell, who built the first passenger steamship ‘The Comet’ ; architect William Leiper ; actress Deborah Kerr ; poet WH Auden ; writer AJ Cronin ; and Prime Minister Bonar Law amongst many others. Lomond School, an independent, co-educational and boarding school also offers private education in central Helensburgh.
The areas we cover
Helensburgh is an affluent commuter town of Glasgow, part of Argyll and Bute council and lying on the north shore of the Firth of Clyde where it meets the shore entrance to Gareloch.
The town is 31.9 miles (51 km) by road and is served by three rail stations, with direct links to Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. Helensburgh is also the birthplace of John Logie Baird, the inventor of the television.
The town is home to handsome buildings, elegant tree lined streets and a long promenade, being the location of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's famous "Hill House". There are good schooling options, both state and private institutions. Ideal for the outdoor enthusiast and very close to Loch Lomond, there are also numerous sports clubs, including sailing on the Clyde Estuary.
Roseneath is a village in Argyll and Bute, sitting near the tip of the Roseneath peninsula on the western edge of Gareloch, enjoying views over the Clyde Estuary and the Cowal Hills. It has a population of 931 and is 45.7 miles (73 km) away from Glasgow.
The nearest railway station is Garelochead (13.2 miles, 21 km) and there is also nearby access to the Kilcreaggan to Gourock pedestrian ferry. There is a local Roseneath Primary School, with the majority of secondary pupils attending Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Fjord-like sea lochs and great walking routes around. There is an annual Highland Gathering Games in July, popular with local residents.
Garelochhead is a village in Argyll and Bute, at the top of the Gareloch and 35.9 miles (57 km) from Glasgow. Loch Lomond is a few miles to the east and Loch Long lies to the west.
1,265 residents are served by Gareloch Railway station on the West Highland Line and there are good local village amenities including local shops, pubs, two village halls, a church and a bowling club. There is a local primary school, with secondary education available at the nearby Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh.
It is very close to the Faslane naval base, with many of the villagers employed at the base. It is surrounded by lovely mountainous scenery on the banks of the loch – great for water sport enthusiasts.
Cardross is an historic and picturesque village equidistant from Dumbarton and Helensburgh, 4 miles (6 km) from each and 20 miles (32 km) from Glasgow. It is a large village, part of Argyll and Bute council, with a population of 2,193.
There are train services from Cardross station to Helensburgh, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The village amenities include shops, post office, pharmacy and a primary school.
There is renowned local parkland around, including a nature trail at Ardmore point, also good for fishing and bird spotting. Geilston Garden, a National Trust property, is in the area and open to visitors. There are also plenty of sports facilities including a golf course, football, tennis and bowling clubs.
Rhu and Shandon
Rhu and Shandon is a village and historic parish on the eastern shore of the Gareloch, in the county of Argyll and Bute. It sits 2.5 miles (4 km) away from Helensburgh and 27.9 (44.9 km) miles from Glasgow.
Residents share many of the amenities and transport links available in nearby Helensburgh, but there is a small local primary school, a church and a few hotels with bar restaurants. Rhu amateur football club have been in existence since 1896.
Set in a delightful conservation area, Rhu is famous for yachting, with great sailing on the Gareloch and Clyde estuary from Rhu marina, where there is also a café that serves all day breakfasts and tasty snacks.
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Helensburgh branch testimonials
"First class service all the way"
First class service all the way.
Clyde Property have done a superb job marketing and selling my property. I'm very grateful to them for their professionalism and seamless team work throughout the whole process. From the initial visit and valuation to dropping the house keys off to the solicitor after the sale, the team at Clyde Property in Helensburgh made what's traditionally known as a major life-stress event into a positive and smooth experience.
My thanks go first to Allan for the initial visit and valuation, where he was honest about the selling process, managed my expectations, as well as listening and being respectful throughout the visit. The marketing put together was excellent, particularly the video of the property which was incredibly professional and beautifully shot.
Once the sale was on, the team in the office were awesome. They kept me informed of every development, every interest, as well as updating their log page on the internet which I could go in and view at any time. Impressively, they seem to work together on a sixth-sense basis. If I spoke to one member of the team and then another later that day, they all seemed to know exactly what was going on with each development, knew what questions I wanted answering, and always got back to me when they said they would. Jane, Gemma, and Marion: thank you for the impromptu counselling sessions when it all got too much, and thank you also for administering the concise and accurate communications between me and the potential buyers.
And a big thank you to Seona for getting the house sold at closing, and for your depth of knowledge and expertise in this area. The can-do attitude you display is mirrored in the other staff members, and is much appreciated.
House selling or buying isn't what you'd call a fun process, but Clyde Property managed to make this experience a positive one. I would most definitely recommend using them for buying or selling.
We experienced Clyde through selling our own house, and also as it turned out through the purchase of our new home. We were very impressed with the experience and helpfulness of the staff and the excellent communications keeping us updated and giving us guidance when required. This made the whole process run very smoothly for us and we are very grateful to Clyde for their assistance.
“Helpful and kind”
From the beginning to the end of the process of selling my house, every member of staff has been incredibly helpful and kind. Clyde came highly recommend to me by a friend who is also a client. Her recommendation was not wrong. I am now about to rent in Helensburgh before buying a new property and I wouldn't think of using any other agency, so helpful are all the staff in Helensburgh. A very grateful thanks to them all I would recommend them to anyone.
“I found the service was excellent”
We looked at other Estate Agents in Helensburgh but it was a friend who recommended Clyde Property that convinced us to use them in selling our house. My wife and I found the service was excellent throughout the process. Not only were the staff professional but they were always understanding, courteous at all times and always seemed to be able to solve problems easily and quickly. The marketing was widespread and our house was presented in a wonderful way. So much so that the sale was achieved within 1 month. We also asked the prospective buyers what they thought of Clyde and all were very complimentary. I have already recommended Clyde to other prospective 'movers'.
“There are no words to describe the absolute excellence of Clyde Property! “
There are no words to describe the absolute excellence of Clyde Property! We needed a property to rent urgently and Clyde Property in Helensburgh worked a miracle to help us in our venture. Their professionalism and superb customer service is outstanding! We would like to especially thank Eilidh Howell for all her patience and help that she provided us with at what could have been an extremely stressful time. We can’t recommend using Clyde Property highly enough.
“Super customer service”
Can't praise Clyde Property enough for their quick and fantastic service on getting us a property to LET so quickly. Super customer service from Eilidh for her patience and understanding. Would highly recommend the Helensburgh Branch to everyone!!