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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Nestled within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Lomond View Country House is a large six bedroomed modern detached residence built nearly 20 years ago, commanding a truly spectacular setting, elevated above Loch Lomond and in one of Scotland’s most iconic locations.
This delightful white stone painted cottage is steeped in history and has a fascinating tale to tell! The cottage dates back to the great Scottish Rebellion of 1745. It’s on this site that Robert the Bruce helped 200 of his men to safety by ferrying them across the waters of Loch Lomond and entertained them by a Yew tree situated at Stucan-T-lobart, with tales of valour and a singalong, whilst waiting until the last of his men were safely across.
Clyde Property Helensburgh recently sold a property in Clyde Court in three weeks for more than 25% over the Home Report value. Given that the Helensburgh branch has sold almost one third of the total properties in the Helensburgh area since the start of 2018, this is just one of many recent success stories!
Braeholm is an exclusive development of just 12 luxury bespoke two and three bedroom apartments located in the highly sought after sea side town of Helensburgh. (see more details here)
Helensburgh branch testimonials
“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!!
My Wife and I would like to record our complete satisfaction in our dealings with your Staff in the Helensburgh branch in relation to the sale of, and purchase of property in the town recently. Having not been involved in property dealing for 37 years, all the staff were very helpful in leading us through the sale and purchase, allowing us to complete the processes in a relatively stress free manner. We will remain very grateful to them for facilitating our downsize. Alex & Rosemary Clark
“We cannot recommend them highly enough”
We cannot thank the staff in the Helensburgh branch enough for their professional and efficient service when they recently sold our house. From start to finish they provided the best service, bar none. Their marketing and negotiating skills resulted in us achieving an excellent price for our property in the speediest manner. We cannot recommend them highly enough.