Helensburgh and Lomond has lots of opportunities for wellness and relaxation, from a slow adventure to a relaxing spa day!
If there is anything the pandemic has taught us, it is to slow down a bit and think about our own personal wellness and wellbeing. Typical activities that might encourage wellness are slow adventure, a relaxing spa day or having a massage, and generally taking time out to soak up life at a relaxed pace.
Slow adventure can be many things, some activities are naturally slow, for example paddleboarding is a slow adventure activity. However, any activity can be turned into a slow adventure, including driving. It is all about the speed at which you do it and that you soak up your surroundings during the activity. So, running, cycling, walking, wild swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, etc. can all be done in a slow adventure way.
There are many local walking routes, and 2 short circular walks are Duchess Woods, a local woodland with information boards about local plants and animals, and Ardmore Point, a coastal walk with a fascinating geological history. You can also walk along the promenade at Helensburgh from the town centre to Kidston Park, perhaps enjoying an ice cream on the way! Or perhaps browse the Outdoor Museum in Colquhoun Square in Helensburgh.
If you enjoy a peaceful garden, Glenarn Garden in Rhu is one of the Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute, and well worth a visit. Geilston Garden is a National Trust for Scotland property with a walled garden and attractive waterfalls. You can also enjoy the colourful trees around the streets of Helensburgh, the only urban tree collection included in the National Tree Collections of Scotland.
For an adventure in the hills, you can walk or cycle on the Three Lochs Way, John Muir Way and Loch Lomond and Cowal Way. Drivers and cyclists can follow the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail, a 65 mile route linking coastal communities along the Clyde Coast between Dumbarton and Arrochar.
On the water, kayakers can enjoy the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail, and there are lots of local opportunities for wild swimming, paddleboarding and other water-based activities – see our watersports page for more information.
You can treat yourself to some indulgence in the tranquil surroundings at Cameron Spa (pictured right and below), part of Cameron House Resort on Loch Lomond. It has 17 treatment rooms and a rooftop infinity pool with views towards Ben Lomond. Individual or couples’ spa treatments are available, as well as a 2 hour Hydro & Thermal Experience, and full spa day packages. There is even a Cafe featuring healthy choice menus for a complete wellness experience.
Beauty and Massage
There are lots of places providing beauty and massage treatments in Helensburgh and Lomond, here are just a few (you can find full listings in our local business directory):
Beech Tree Clinic – massage, aromatherapy and Reiki
Erawan Massage – Thai / Swedish massage
Lomond Clinic – massage and holistic therapies
Argyll Aesthetics – massage, aromatherapy and aesthetic treatments
Top to Toe – massage, skincare and beauty
Zest for Life – massage, skincare and beauty
Dainty Digits Cardross – nail technician