You can’t miss Dumbarton. Its 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. Times have moved on, and today it’s enjoying success as a well-placed commuter town for Glasgow and Faslane. You can’t miss Dumbarton by road either, as it’s on the key route that follows the northern shores of the Firth of Clyde out of Glasgow towards Loch Lomond, the area’s other iconic landmark.
The road network is straightforward here. 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. All three are on the North Clyde Line, with direct services to Helensburgh, Glasgow Queen Street, and on through to Edinburgh Waverley. 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. A bonus for travel further afield, Glasgow International Airport is just 11 miles south at Paisley.
Day to day
There’s a good range of local shops, as well as the Artizan Shopping Centre and the St James Retail Park, for all your essentials. 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 amongst the options 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.
Dumbarton has eight primary schools and two secondary schools, so you’ve got some good options for your children. 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.
Boat trips, bike trails, seascapes and landscapes. You can follow the coastal road or head inland to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Either way, you’ll love the views and how easy it is to get away from it all. At over 3,000 ft, Ben Lomond, on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, is one of the most popular hill walks in Scotland, or you can follow a scenic route all around the Gareloch Peninsular. For city life instead of country life, Glasgow is exciting and energetic and there’s be something new to see or do each time you visit.