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Looking for a new home in Dumbarton?

Dumbarton is on the key route that follows the northern shores of the Firth of Clyde out of Glasgow towards Loch Lomond. As well as being conveniently placed for commuting to Glasgow, it's also within easy reach of the important naval base at Faslane. Dumbarton's landmark castle is set against a dramatic volcanic rock that rises up above the shores of the Clyde. Its more recent background and history included two of Scotland’s iconic industries, shipbuilding, and whisky. Today Dumbarton enjoys popularity as a well-placed commuter town.

Living in Dumbarton

Travel and transport

Dumbarton sits on the A82, 22 miles out of Glasgow, as well as on the A814 coastal route to Faslane via Helensburgh. The two roads are linked across the town by the B830, which then mirrors the A82 northwards to Balloch and Loch Lomond. From there you can take the A811 Stirling road. Three train stations serve the town; Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East, and Dalreoch Station on the North Clyde line. The train journey into Glasgow takes around half an hour, much the same as the drive time. First Bus operates services between Glasgow, Clydebank, Dumbarton, and Balloch. Glasgow International Airport is just 11 miles south, at Paisley.

Local information

Dumbarton has a good range of local shops, supplemented by the Artizan Shopping Centre and the St James Retail Park. Supermarkets include an Asda Superstore, an M&S Simply Food, a Lidl, and a Morrisons. The Meadow Leisure Centre and the Vale of Leven Swimming Pool, just north of the town, are amenities for family fitness and fun, as well as a golf club, recreation ground, skatepark, and the wonderful Levengrove Park – a real asset for the town and its residents.

Local schools

Dumbarton has eight primary schools and two secondary schools, all good local education options. The secondary schools are Dumbarton Academy, a mixed secondary school to the east of the town, and Our Lady & St Patrick’s High School, a co-educational comprehensive school in the Dalreoch area of the town.