Make Helensburgh & Lomond the gateway to your Argyll adventure!
Only 45 minutes by train from Glasgow, and within easy reach of both the west coast and central belt of Scotland, Helensburgh & Lomond is the ideal location for an outdoor adventure. Walking, hiking, munro-bagging, gorge-walking, cycling, mountain-biking, e-biking, wild swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, sailing, wakeboarding, golf, horse-riding, off-road driving, a self-guided road-trip – all these activities and more are on our doorstep!
Get outdoors on one of these great new short adventures developed by the John Muir Way team! Cycle the Glen Fruin Loop, follow the JMW bike route from Helensburgh to Balloch, or take a walk on the Highlandman’s Hike or the Ben Bowie Loop. Route maps are available to download for all routes.
And don’t forget our other local routes: John Muir Way, Three Lochs Way, Argyll Sea Kayak Trail and Clyde Sea Lochs Trail.
Find out more about local watersports, munro-bagging, cycling and mountain biking, and browse our blog posts for more ideas.
There are lots of local adventure events, and details will appear on our calendar below as they become available. Annual events usually include:
|JANUARY||Rhu New Year’s Day Swim||APRIL||The Cobbler Hill Race / Beinn Dubh Hill Race||JULY||Luss Highland Games / WOD on the Loch / Helensburgh Sportive Cycle Race / Loch Lomond Beastie Triathlons|
|FEBRUARY||Ardgartan Trail Race||MAY||Babcock Helensburgh 10K / Loch Long Adventure Challenge||AUGUST|
|MARCH||JUNE||Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games / Cove & Kilcreggan 10K / Run Loch Lomond||SEPTEMBER||Arrochar 10K / Hel ‘n’ Back / 3 Lochs Ultra / Go Swim Loch Lomond|
Watch Me See
Travel Blogger and Podcaster Kathi Kamleitner, Watch Me See, came to have a taste of adventure in February 2022. Kathi had an action-packed visit, taking part in activities including hiking, guided by John Urquhart of Loch Lomond Guides, an e-bike cycle trip with Loch Lomond Leisure, and gorge-walking with In Your Element, also finding time for some wellbeing and relaxation. She travelled sustainably, using the West Highland Line to help explore the area, and stayed in Helensburgh B&B Balmillig, a self-catering apartment at Arrochar Alps Retreat, and also enjoyed a luxury experience at Lodge on Loch Lomond.
You can read about all the trip and all the other activities she took part in at the blog on her website or at her Facebook Page – this might give you some ideas for adventures in Helensburgh and Lomond! You can also follow Kathi on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.