Centre 81

Multi-activity Centre

Old School Road, Garelochhead, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, G84 0AT

    Centre 81 is a recently refurbished community centre offering a cafe, internet, free wi-fi, table tennis, outdoor equipment hire, nature trails and more.

    Centre 81 is a recently refurbished community centre with hostel accomodation situated at the head of the Gare Loch in the picturesque highland village of Garelochhead on the Clyde coast. Entry is Free.

    We can provide you with kayaking or canoeing equipment, an indoor sports hall, ICT suite, seminar room, party venue with disco, bouncy castle and/or indoor climbing and even a bed for the night.

    For kids we have a Detective trail and an A-Z Nature Trail for £2

    We offer for hire:

    Canadian Canoes and Kayaks including boyancy aids and paddles.

    Walking boots

    Wellington boots

    Waterproof jackets and trousers



    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening times 2014
    4 Jan 2014 - 22 Dec 2014

    Other times by arrangement.


    • Breakfast Available with overnight stay, cafe open at 10am
    • Evening Meal Available On request for groups
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement
    • Kiosk/ Shop Sweet & Drinks
    • Vegan Meals Available By prior request
    • Halal Meals By prior arrangement
    • Kosher Meals By prior arrangement
    • Dairy Free by prior arrangement
    • Lunch Available Cafe open 10am-2pm, larger groups on request
    • Gluten Free By prior arrangement
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian Some vegetarian options available
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Open from 10am - 2pm
    • Dinner Available On request for groups

    Dietary Options

    • Nut Free Meals By prior arrangement - Nuts are present in the kitchen.


    • Disabled Access
    • Smoking Restricted
    • Equipment Hire


    • Village Location
    • Rural Location
    • Lochside Location
    • Waterfront Location
    • Coastal Location

    Special Requirements

    • Senior Citizens
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Single Travellers
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Hen/Stag Parties Welcome
    • Young People
    • Business Travellers
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Children Welcome

    Wedding Services

    • Can use own suppliers
    • Reception Facilities
    • Accommodation Available


    • Indoor Play Area
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • Shower
    • Covered Drying Facilities Available
    • Toilets
    • Changing Room/Lockers
    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Health & Wellbeing

    • Fitness Training

    Payment Methods

    • No credit cards accepted
    • Cash
    • Cheque


    • Parking
    • Public Parking Nearby
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Bike Storage Available
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Free Parking On-Site

    Road Directions

    Centre 81 can easily be found in the Village of Garelochead.

    From South -  take the A82 north from Glasgow. The follow the coast road through Helensburgh A814 to Garelochhead. On entering the village take the first left just infront of the Church. Centre 81 can be found a few houses down on your left.

    From North or West - Take the A83/A82 to Arrochar, then follow the coast road A814 (signposted Helensburgh) for 8 miles to a roundabout. Go straight on at roundabout and follow road down into the village. Take the second right and Centre 81 will be on your right.

    From East - Once on the A82 go North along Loch Lomond. Take the A817 on the left (signposted Garelochhead) 9miles. At the 1st roundabout go left, at the 2nd go right. On entering the village take the first left just infront of the Church. Centre 81 can be found a few houses down on your left.

    SATNAV - G84 0AT 

    Public Transport Directions

    Train - A short walk form Garelochhead train station. London - Fort William Sleeper service stops here.

    Bus - A half hourly bus service runs from Helensburgh. 

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the information point


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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