Helensburgh Tour

Helensburgh Tour

Guided Walks in Argyll, Scotland

Guided Walks in Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

Helensburgh Tour

Reserving is essential/ Runs from 01/03/24 to 31/12/25

Helensburgh Tour

Reserving is essential/ Runs from 01/03/24 to 31/12/25

Helensburgh is a charming Victorian coastal town on the north side of the Firth of Forth and the east side of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It is an elegant town with many fine houses and fair gardens set with mountains on the horizon, and a sunken sugar boat in the Firth of Fort, the gateway to the secret Argyll west coast. There is an award-winning bistro called the Sugar Boat with the same name. Helensburgh was built in 1752 by James Colquhoun, it sits on the river Clyde, and named the town “my Lady Helen’s burgh” after his wife Lady Helen Sutherland. It has great food eateries to rival any in the West End of Glasgow. It is 40 minutes from Glasgow by train, and we will begin the guided walking history tour at Helensburgh Lower train station see Scotrail.

Guided Walks in Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

We will see highlights on the walking tour, of the various architectural designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh former Conservative club, theatre converted to civic use by John Honeyman and Helensburgh Parish Church, a fine Victorian Gothic building by J. M. Hay. The walking is on level tree-lined streets with pink cherry blossoms in the spring. Local walk guide Gerena explores dark secrets, opulent churches, historical landmarks, and a 1.5km promenade on the waterfront that stretches to Cairndhu Point, relaxing for an evening stroll to see the lights of Greenock and Inverclyde area. We will cover only a small part of the waterfront on the guided walking tour. On a clear day we can see towards Roseneath peninsula and right up Gareloch to Loch Long to the fabulous Arrochar Alps.

Reveal tales of Sir James Colquhoun a Black watch officer, and Lady Helen Colquhoun who had eight children. John Logie Baird with his famous invention, and Henry Bell with his maritime achievements, stand on the beginning of the John Muir Way, a 134 mile long distance trail from Helensburgh to Dunbar, and all who contributed to the heritage and affluence of Helensburgh.

Walking Highlights in Helensburgh

  • Local knowledgeable and personable walking guide.

  • Explore hidden gems around Helensburgh’s Colquhoun Square and Sinclair Street.

  • How to identify different architectural eras by looking for clues.

Helensburgh Tours

The Helensburgh Tour is a 60-minute walk and will be on the flat around the town. Choose Monday to Saturday. Tours depart every 60 minutes from 2pm,3pm,4pm.

Adult Price £14.

Argyll Walks

Testimonials

Testimonials

“We thoroughly enjoyed our tour through Luss. It was at the tail end of our adventure through Scotland, and it gave us a chance to ask our burning questions while also learning about the area of Luss. Gerena thoughtfully tailored information for us both my husband and I are interested in the Macfarlane Clan’s history. We are leaving Scotland with a much more robust understanding, eager to return.”

Anna, Dirk June 12, 2023

“The walking tour was an unexpected gem of my visit to Scotland! Gerena is very knowledgeable about history of the sacred land of Luss and delivered it in an engaging way. We had a lovely connection with each other, to the land and our ancestry. I look forward to returning.”

Rachel, June 8, 2023

“A fantastic tour with Gerena which we would highly recommend to anyone staying in or visiting Luss. We learnt so much about the fascinating history of Luss which really helped make what a beautiful place come alive even more. Gerena also had lots of tips and advice for other things to do and see in the local area which we really appreciated. We hope to be back soon!”

Iona, May 3, 2023

“Gerena gives an amazing tour. You can see her great intelligence, love of history and culture and all things Scottish. It is a transformative experience to spend a couple of hours with her, especially in the magical beauty of Loch Lomond and surrounding fields.”

Louise, August 16, 2023