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Dumbarton in General
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Dumbarton in General
Date: 23/02/01, updated on 23/02/01 (97 review reads)
Advantages: Very bonny
Do you like ships or ancient rocks?
DUMBARTON is on the River Clyde just a little North West of Glasgow on the A82. On Castle Street, visit the excellent SCOTTISH MARITIME MUSEUM. This is where models of ships used to be tested. In fact they still are tested! Now you can imagine you are a Victorian ship designer.
Dumbarton means fortress of the Britons, and it has the famous Dumbarton Rock, a fortified site down through the centuries. Take a photo of the rock and maybe visit the castle.
Near DUMBARTON is the OVERTOUN ESTATE (by Milton, via Milton Brae). Here you will find historic gardens and superb views of the Clyde. There are picnic areas and other attractions.
Want to see the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond?
Head North from Dumbarton to BALLOCH which is at the southern end of Loch Lomond, Britain's largest lake!(There is a frequent train service between Glasgow and Balloch.)
Take a passenger boat from Balloch to one of the wooded islands or one of the lochside towns such as BALMAHA, DRYMEN, LUSS, TARBET and ARDLUI. Or cycle. Or walk.
BALMAHA has wonderful fishing (permits and rods and boats available from the Boatyard)
BALMAHA also has the Loch Lomond Park Centre with its audio visual show explaining about geology and landscapes. The centre is at The Old Station, Balloch Road.
Also, try a visit to Balloch Castle Country Park and visitor centre: beautiful parkland and gardens bordering the loch.
BALLOCH has the Ballagan Garden Centre at Gartocharn Road, if you want to buy some heathers or shrubs.
Want to sail on the Clyde?
From Dumbarton take the A814 to HELENSBURGH, which is on the North side of the Firth of Forth, opposite Greenock (or take a train from Glasgow to Helensburgh).
Helensburgh is a respectable little place popular with yachtsmen and people who want to take a cruise on a great big boat to BUTE or DUNOON or GOUROCK. Look out
for one of Britain's NUCLEAR SUBMARINES as you sail between Gourock and Dunoon.
HELENSBURGH has the HELENSBURGH PIER FAMILY AMUSEMENT PARK, at the Pier Car Park, West Clyde St. Don't you just love WALTZERS, DODGEMS AND CANDY FLOSS! Open April-September.
Like water skiing?
ALEXANDRIA has the Loch Lomond Water Ski Club, at the Cameron House Marina. Tuition and equipment available. Open April-Sept.
ALEXANDRIA has the Motoring Heritage Centre, at Loch Lomond Factory outlets, on Main Street. This centre is on the site of what was once the world's largest motor works!
What else is in Dumbartonshire?
INVERBEG has the Inverbeg Galleries, showing paintings by Scottish and International artists. Quite a big collection.
BEARSDEN : is a posh suburb of Glasgow and was once the site of a Roman settlement. You may be able to see part of the Antonine Wall.
MILNGAVIE: pronounced 'mull guy', is another affluent suburb of Glasgow, 8km North West of the centre. If you are interested in SOCIAL WORK, then visit the Heatherbank Museum and Library of Social Work in Mugdock Road.
If you are a keen WALKER, then Milngavie is the place for you. It is the starting point of the WEST HIGHLAND WAY!
And near MILNGAVIE is the MUGDOCK COUNTRY PARK, acres and acres of grass and trees and stuff. There are good quality PLAY AREAS. there's a tearoom, barbecue sites, visitor centre...
So, there you have it. Lots of things to do and lots of scenery. Also a mild climate at lower levels. (Can be Arctic in the hills.)