Top 10 Things to do in Dumbarton, Scotland

20,527  (2001 census)

1. Dumbarton Castle

Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Castles, Historic Sites More
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4.5 based on 447 reviews

Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle is located in the ancient capital of Scotland and is spectacularly sited on a volcanic rock overlooking the River Clyde. Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. The iconic Rock of the Clyde has heritage as breathtaking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll. This dramatic volcanic plug, which is Dumbarton Rock, in-filled the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago. The rock is well exposed and inaccessible on all sides. Click here if you want to learn more about this fascinating geological feature. Admire great examples of 18th century Georgian military architecture and stunning views from the Tower Crag. Throughout Dumbarton Castle’s long history it has been a royal residence and a fortress, and has many fascinating connections from the Vikings to the Scottish Wars of Independence. Mary Queen of Scots sailed to France from here as a child in 1548.

Reviewed By scotjam - Dumbarton, United KingdomDumbarton, United Kingdom

Best castle in the uk!!

Absolutely love this castle it’s a hidden gem and always stop by whenever in the area heading north, it has soooo much history as does the town of Dumbarton, loving the regen going on in the town and can see a tourism boom coming!100% recommend to any tri

2. Geilston Garden

Cardross, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 5HD, Scotland Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 102 reviews

Geilston Garden

Reviewed By RRJ55 - Glasgow, United KingdomGlasgow, United Kingdom

So Much to See in this Modest Sized Garden

We were given a warm welcome by the volunteer manning the ticket hut. The vegetable garden was in first class condition. The labelling was instructive. Much thought had gone into the layout and plantings with good use made of flowers to assist pollination

3. Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton

Castle Street | Near ASDA, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1QS, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Historic Sites, History Museums More
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4.5 based on 227 reviews

Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton

The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, part of the Scottish Maritime Museum, is a fantastic collection of working exhibits, models and artefacts based in the last remaining building of Alexander Denny and Sons one of the Clydes most famous and innovative shipyards.

Reviewed By Mike S - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

Slightly disappointing

Anticipated many maritime exhibits from the title of this museum.Actually a small museum which is interesting in its own way.Essentially an establishment which constructed prototype models of boat hulls and tested them in a large tank.The items associated

4. Overtoun House

Overtoun House Overtoun House Milton Brae, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 2SH, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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4 based on 34 reviews

Overtoun House

Reviewed By fmck49 - Glasgow, United KingdomGlasgow, United Kingdom

Interesting bousd

As others have said, the house is still in some disrepair inside but they are working on it and the results look great. The tearoom is somewhat soulless, although the walls and ceiling are quite beautiful, but it has a lovely view out onto the lawn. The s

5. Dumbarton Football Stadium

Strathclyde Homes Stadium Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Arenas & Stadiums
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4 based on 6 reviews

Dumbarton Football Stadium

Reviewed By Swedishtomcat - Diss, United KingdomDiss, United Kingdom

Aka The Rock

This ground has been home to Dumbarton FC since 2000 and features a single 2,020-capacity stand. It is overshadowed by the huge Dumbarton Rock hence the ground’s nickname. It is located half a mile from Dumbarton East train station and double that to Dumb

6. John Cobb Memorial Cairn

A82, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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3.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By rainbowrod - MiddlewichMiddlewich

Never visited this memorial cairn before

I have been passing this cairn for as long as I can remember on public transport so this was the first occasion when travelling by car that I was able to park up and visit this historic memorial cairn.

7. River City Set Tour

Enter a destinationDumbarton, United Kingdom
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5 based on 74 reviews

River City Set Tour

Reviewed By thetravellingmanUk - ukuk

Thoroughly enjoyable visit

Visited Dumbarton, and took part in a River City Set Tour today with my wife, after being fortunate enough to obtain tickets when they went on sale back on the 19th April 2018.This is one review which I am not going to wax lyrical about, as I don't want to spoil the enjoyment for others, but suffice to say that we both thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the set both indoors and outdoors.Our tour lasted approximately two hours, and the tour guide was both pleasant and interesting.The only other thing I am going to say is that we were both amazed at the attention to detail, even down to the smallest, and most trivial of things.If you are a River City fan, get in early next year as soon as the tickets go on sale.The tour represents excellent value for money, and you will not be disappointed!

8. Stags Head

116-118 Glasgow Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JN, Scotland Nightlife, Bars & Clubs
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5 based on 37 reviews

Reviewed By Georgia D

Great night!

Went to Dumbarton for the first time. Ended up in this pub and had a wonderful time! Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Staff were very attentive; especially Sinead, who always made sure we were looked after. Whenever I’m back in Dumbarton, will make

9. Meadow Centre

Bankend Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 2RB, Scotland Outdoor Activities, Other Outdoor Activities
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Meadow Centre

Reviewed By Sharon M

Aqua aerobics

I go to the meadow every tues n thurs for aqua aerobics!Pools great really enjoy our classThe meadow goes numerous classes and activities!Great steam room and saunaTheirs the gym upstairs its quite a busy place!You need to have a leisure card! Makesure yo

10. Unit 23 Skatepark

45-50 Castlegreen Street | Unit 23 Skatepark, The Old Bond, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JD, Scotland Fun & Games, Game & Entertainment Centers
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5 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By Suspect45

UNIT!

one of if not the best skate park in the UK and probably the world, there is a reason people travel far and wide to visit unit23. its massive and it has a great deal of ever changing ramps,ledges,stairs and vert walls. its basically refomed anytime Kriss

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