For other places with the same name, see Helensburgh (disambiguation).
View from Helensburgh Pier

Helensburgh is a town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

The town is notable for being the birthplace of "John Logie Baird", the inventor of television.

The Tourist Information Office is in the Clock Tower, East Clyde Street, (01436 672642), open in the summer only. From the station, walk one block towards the sea down Sinclair Street, then cross the road to the office in the clock tower of the former Old Parish Church (the rest of the building was demolished).

Get in

It is around 30 miles west of Glasgow.

By car

Helensburgh can be accessed via the A82/A814.

By train

Regular trains (usually 2 per hour) run to Helensburgh Central from Edinburgh via Glasgow (Queen Street Station Low Level). A few services a day also run to Helensburgh Upper on the West Highland Railway from Oban, Fort William and Glasgow Queen Street. Helensburgh Upper is also served by a 6 days a week sleeper from London Euston.

By Ferry

The passenger ferries from Kilcreggan and/or Gourock ceased operation in April 2012. It is still possible to get a ferry from Gourock to Kilcreggan and then get a bus to Helensburgh.

The paddle steamer Waverley occasionally calls at Helensburgh during the summer.

Get around

Buses run services into most of the town's areas on a regular basis until around 11pm at night. Regular buses also run to Glasgow and various other outlaying villages and towns.




As well as its supermarkets and multiple stores, Helensburgh has a great variety of privately owned retail shops and other businesses. There are hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafés and coffee shops, some with outside tables in the square.


There are lots of places in the centre of town for a daytime snack or cup of tea, but less for evenings. There are Indian and Chinese Restaurants, and Fish and Chip shops.


Helensburgh has many pubs and restaurants to choose from. The Clyde Bar a warm and friendly local pub with many entertainment evenings, it has a unique style and charm that makes it a popular draw for locals and visitors, young and old. A must not miss for a flavour of Helensburgh.


Helensburgh has a wide mix of accommodation from homely B&Bs/guest houses to hotels.

Bed and Breakfasts


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