Dumbarton Activities and Things to do
Dumbarton is a town in Strathclyde, Scotland. Dumbarton has a strong history of shipbuilding and whisky production; the town is also known for its glass making. However, these industries have all since declined.
The town was established in the Iron Age and it has developed into a popular tourist destination.
Getting to Dumbarton
To travel by Dumbarton by car, follow the M8 motorway or the A82. The junction for Dumbarton is J17. The main train station is Dumbarton Central. London’s Kings cross and Liverpool Lime Street both offer a direct service. The nearest airport is Glasgow International Airport. Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport are also close by.
What’s on and Where to Go
Major attractions include Dumbarton castle, Dumbarton manor and Geilston Gardens. For visitors that want to explore the town’s history, there are plenty of museums to visit such as the Denny Tank Museum.
Spring is a good time for festivals. The Spring Music Festival is held in May; this is an event where the local churches come together to put on a festival. The West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words is also in May.
The Jane Austen Film Festival is held throughout July and August. The event is an outdoor festival and it is open to visitors. Dumbarton Castle also has numerous events on throughout the year. As events at the castle might vary from year to year, it is best to check which events are on prior to visiting.
The Strathclyde County Park offers a host of water based activities for all levels. Events include rowing, skiing and windsurfing. They are happy to work with people that are taking part in teambuilding activities.
The Big Shoot offers Clay pigeon shooting and paint ball, but you’ll need to travel a bit to get to the nearest centre.
There are numerous restaurants in Dumbarton to choose from. The Jasmine Chinese Restaurant, One Up Indian Cuisine and Frankie and Bennys are good choices. For pubs, heading for the high street is probably the best bet as there are a number of pubs there, the Clipper and The Burgh Bar being just two of them. The Cheers Nigh club in Dumbarton often has special guests, and if you are really lucky, you could get to meet some of the “stars” from Geordie Shore. The Denny Civic Theatre is in the town centre; there are numerous music, dance and drama performances throughout the year.