Visit Dumbarton and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire. An important shipbuilding royal burgh, Dumbarton is dominated by a 240-ft rock, a volcanic plug of basalt. This rock has a longer history as a stronghold than any other place in Britain; from at least the 5th century to 1018, it was the centre of the kingdom of Strathclyde, and was a royal castle in medieval times. Later it. became a barracks, and remained such until the 20th century; it is now a museum. The medieval buildings have gone, but the 17th- and l8th-century fortifications are still visible. The Castle was taken by Thomas Crawford of Jordanhill in 1571 after holding out for Mary Queen of Scots during a longer period than anywhere except Edinburgh Castle. The tower-arch in Church Street is all that remains of the Collegiate Church of St Mary founded in the mid-l5th century.
Boat-building (mentioned in James IV's reign) was, and is, an industry here. The Leven shipyard of Denny, a long-famous firm, started in 1844 and was liquidated in 1963; it was associated with the Cutty Sark, Shamrock II and Shamrock III, and the Denny-Brown stabilizer; and finally it was the first firm in Britain to develop the hovercraft. Nowadays Dumbarton's main industry is the blending and bonding of whisky.
Nearby cities: Glasgow
Nearby towns: Alexandria, Clydebank, Helensburgh
Nearby villages: Baljaffray, Balloch, Bishopton, Bonhill, Bowling, Bridge of Weir, Brookfield, Cardross, Croftamie, Crosslee, Dalmuir, Drumry, Dumbarton, Duntocher, Erskine, Faifley, Hardgate, Houston, Inchinnan, Jamestown, Killearn, Kilmacolm, Langbank, Linwood, Milton, Old Kilpatrick, Paisley, Port Glasgow, Ralston, Ranfurly, Renfrew, Renton, Townend
Have you decided to visit Dumbarton or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Dumbarton bed and breakfast (a Dumbarton B&B or Dumbarton b and b)
- a Dumbarton guesthouse
- a Dumbarton hotel (or motel)
- a Dumbarton self-catering establishment, or
- other Dumbarton accommodation