Dumbarton is a town situated near the beautiful Loch Lomond and its stunning scenery, and is within easy reach of the City of Glasgow. If you’re eating out, you’ll find a wide range of restaurants in the town which cater for all tastes, and there’s also a good selection of pubs.
For shopping, you’ll find all you need in the town and includes the Artizan Shopping Centre. Conference venues for business here include those at the Dumbuck House Hotel and the Abbotsford Hotel, and the nearest major airport is Glasgow Airport.
Dumbarton Car Hire
Wherever you are in Dumbarton, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Dumbarton car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Here are some places to visit while you’re in Dumbarton:
You can visit this impressive fortress and learn all about the rich history of the Castle including its associations with the Vikings and Mary Queen of Scots. The fortress is situated on Dumbarton Rock, an imposing ancient volcanic basalt plug, which towers over the River Clyde. Visitors can climb the many steps and enjoy great views from the top of the White Tower across the region including Loch Lomond, and see the fortifications that were constructed in the 1600’s and 1700’s, as well as the Governor’s House with a number of exhibits.
Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank
The Denny Brothers were pioneering shipbuilders and you can come and visit their huge Experiment Tank and learn how they tested models of vessels to see how they would work on the water. This was the first commercial experiment tank for models of ships in the world, and was first used in the 19th century. You can also see various exhibits relating to the Tank and the history of the Denny Brothers.
Not far from Dumbarton, you can visit this beautiful loch and the stunning surrounding scenery of woodlands and mountains. You can walk around the shore of the loch and enjoy the peaceful waters and wildlife of the nature Reserve. There are islands including Inchcailloch with many oak trees, along with the wetlands of Endrick, and an abundance of nature and wildlife to be seen.
This is a lovely garden to visit where you can enjoy the beautiful displays of flowers, shrubs and trees. There’s a walled garden where you can see a towering Wellingtonia tree, and a herbaceous border of many colourful flowers, a peaceful woodland area and a kitchen garden with a variety of vegetables.
Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium
This is a great place to come with all the family and have a fun time seeing a large variety of marine creatures close up, including white tip reef sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, green sea turtle as well as otters. There several zones which have different themes, such as the Tropical Ocean Tunnel and there’s an interactive rockpool, and you can enjoy beautiful views over Loch Lomond.
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