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Rhu - Argyll and Bute

Morning all,

we are a family of four staying in Rhu next week. We have two young but active kids and looking for input, advice as to what we can do in the area.
We love the west coast and typically stay a little further North so this is our first outing here - love the scenery, hiking and being outdoors. Any input as to where you would suggest, we love the coast, the hills - probably avoid Loch Lomond just because of the crowds, am assuming will be very busy at this time.....

Thanks for the help.....looking forward to the stay....



  • VisitScotlandLyndsayVisitScotlandLyndsay Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff

    Hi @MartinP . The village of Rhu is a pretty village that sits just at the mouth of the Gareloch. The village has a marina and a small beach, and at low tide you can follow the beach out to the point known as Rhu Narrows. If you are lucky you may see a submarine or naval ship sailing up the Gare loch heading towards the Faslane submarine base.

    As you enjoy hiking and scenery, then you should try the Highlandman’s Road footpath. This leaves from Glenarn Road in Rhu, heading through Glen Fruin and then out at the top end of the town of Helensburgh where the path passes by the National Trust property The Hill House, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Guided tours are available at this property every day from 11.30am. The path then continues downhill to Helensburgh town centre towards the River Clyde and then take a right back along the esplanade to the village of Rhu. However should you legs be weary by the time you reach Helensburgh town centre, then there is a half hourly bus service back to the Village.

    Helensburgh is close by and is a typical seafront town, with fish and chip shops and ice cream shops a plenty and fantastic views overlooking the Clyde estuary toward Greenock. Perfect place to sit and eat your chips or ice cream! :D Helensburgh also has a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes and should the weather not be in your favour then the Tower Cinema shows all the latest films.

    The Clyde Sea Lochs trail is also really nice. The route can start from Rhu and you drive alongside the Gare loch towards the village of Garelochhead. Follow the road through the village and travel down the other side of the Gare loch. Come around the peninsula towards Kilgreggan, here you will find an antiques and curiosities shop, and then continue the route up Loch Long towards Arrochar. After Arrochar the route then heads south down the west side of Loch Lomond and back over to Helensburgh finishing back at Rhu.

    There is certainly plenty to keep the family entertained! Hope you enjoy your holiday!

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