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Ardencaple Hotel (Rhu)

(Show map) Tel: 01436 820200
Hotel Policies
Check-in From 14:00 hours
Check-Out 07:00 – 12:00 hours
Cancellation/Prepayment Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the room conditions when selecting your room above.
Children Up to two Children under the age of 16 sharing a room with adults stay free of charge subject to the availability of a suitable room. Cots are available at most of our Hotels and at no extra charge. Please specify at the time of booking if a cot is required.  Any request for additional extra beds needs to be confirmed by management as this will be subject to availability and a room supplement may apply. Room supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay. Please ring the hotel directly for further information.
Pets Pets are not allowed.
Accepted Credit Cards American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Maestro, Solo, Switch. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.
Bar/Lounge On-site bar & lounge
Restaurant Pub restaurant on-site
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair access to the hotel
Hairdryer In-room hairdryer
Free Wi-Fi Unlimited free Wi-Fi available
Television Flat-screen digital TV
Free Parking Ample on-site free parking
Tea & Coffee Making Facilities In-room tea & coffee making facilities
Telephone Facilities In-room telephone facilities

Imagine the serene shores of the Gare Loch forming the backdrop to your wedding snaps. Our hotel sits in an area of stunning natural beauty with breathtaking views out across the water. And with first-class catering and function room, you and your guests will be guaranteed a warm Scottish welcome on your special day.

About the Hotel

A retreat hotel just 20 miles from Glasgow Airport
Glasgow International Airport is 20 miles from The Ardencaple Hotel, just a 35 minute drive along the north bank of the Clyde. Helensburgh railway station is only three miles away too, just a short ride in a taxi. It means wherever in the country you’re coming from, you’ll find the hotel to be the perfect retreat for touring Scotland.


An idyllic hotel retreat that’s perfect for walkers
If you’re planning a walking holiday, you’ll find plenty of exhilarating walks that will invigorate your senses here. The Three Lochs Way is a 34-mile tour round the fringes of Scotland’s first National Park, taking in rural landscapes, dramatic mountain crags and glaciated glens. To conquer the whole thing will take you three to four days, though there are plenty of shorter walks for those looking for something more leisurely.

How to get here

Free Parking for guests

With a large on-site car park, it is never a problem parking your vehicle at the Ardencaple Hotel. Our rural location overlooking the Gareloch and surrounded by woodlands means that fresh air and spectacular views are just a short walk away.


How to get here
The Ardencaple Hotel is conveniently located on the A814, a short distance between Rhu and Helensburgh, towards the eastern side of the Gare Loch. From the A82 you simply follow the A814 through Dumbarton heading to Helensburgh. If you are using satnav, please type in the following postcode: G84 8LA

Area & Hotel History

Rhu sits 2 miles from Helensburgh, a 35-minute drive from the centre of Glasgow and Glasgow International Airport. The village dates back to the mid 19th century, when it was a popular residence for wealthy Glaswegian shipping merchants.


The parish church is the final resting place of Henry Bell, inventor of the world’s first commercially successful steamship.


Rhu looks out onto the spectacular Gareloch, Rhu Bay and the Rosneath peninsula. Needles to say it is a popular haunt for sailing enthusiasts yet, thanks to it areas of natural beauty, it regularly welcomes bird watchers, anglers and hill walkers too.


The town of Helensburgh is only 5 minutes away, offering a variety of independent boutiques, cafés and coffee shops, some with outside tables where visitors can sit and take in the dinghies bobbing on the sprawling bay.


Given the hotel’s tranquil rural location, it offers a haven of peace and quiet close to some of the areas most spectacular landscapes.

Local Attractions

Gare Loch

Located 13 miles from Glasgow, the Gare Loch is 7 miles long and a mile wide, offering spectacular sightseeing, sailing and sea angling. A sea loch, Gare Loch is one of the three lochs bounding The Three Lochs Way, along with Loch Lomond and Loch Long.


Rhu Marina

Situated on the north side of the Firth of Clyde and close to The Ardencaple Hotel, Rhu Marina is a picturesque yacht marina, boasting 235 deep-water berths and 35 swinging moorings. Sailing enthusiasts will love taking to the tranquil deep waters, which flow south towards the sea.


Loch Lomond

Four miles from the hotel, you can take in awe-inspiring landscapes blanketed in early morning mists at Loch Lomond… and you’ll be experiencing Scotland’s natural beauty at its finest. Walking, fishing and water sports are just a few of the activities you can enjoy against some truly breathtaking backdrops.


Hill House National Trust

Standing proudly on a Helensburgh hillside amid beautiful formal gardens overlooking the River Clyde, Hill House is regarded by many as one of Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest creations. He designed every aspect of the house, from the arresting exterior to the decorative interior, with its flamboyant Art Nouveau furniture and fittings.


Sea Life Centre Loch Lomond

Based on the shores of Loch Lomond, Sea Life Aquarium offers a great family day out from coastline to ocean depths. Experience heart-racing moments face-to-face with lethal hunters of the sea and be captivated as sea otters frolic and play. The opportunity to stroke a starfish is enchanting for children and will be sure to arouse curiosity.



Scotland’s largest city, built on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow earned the European City of Culture title in 1990, based on the host of cultural attractions that the city offers, including a wealth of museums, art galleries, theatres and concert venues. Shopping on Argyll Street and Buchanan Street, exploring the fine Georgian and Victorian buildings in Glasgow’s cultural centre in Merchant City, or enjoying the buzz of the more bohemian cafe culture in Glasgow’s West End, there is always something more to see.

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