What to do and see in Dumbarton, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

April 6, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Dumbarton in United Kingdom (UK), from Europe region, is best know for Visitor Centers. Discover best things to do in Dumbarton with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Dumbarton

1. Scottish Maritime Museum

Castle Street, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1QS, Scotland +44 1389 763444
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4.5 based on 190 reviews

Scottish Maritime Museum

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 john g - Largs, United Kingdom

Another excellent museum to complete the overall maritime experience started at Irvine. Our guide, Anne, was extremely knowledgeable and explained the history and workings of the Company in an interesting and intriguing manner. Wonderful to recall the great days of shipbuilding and innovation that was the Clyde.

2. Scotland's Wild Tours

Balloch, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
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5 based on 101 reviews

Scotland's Wild Tours

We provide 5 Star, Extra Small Group, Active Sightseeing Tours around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Tours for up to 8 visitors, ensuring an inclusive and personable experience Departing from with the National park See and walk the best bits of 720 square miles Active Sightseeing, or as we like to call it, #Sightdoing We get out and walk the beautiful scenery we are seeing

Reviewed By ananke2 - Central Poland, Poland

A really well planned trip by the profesional guide. A schedule was presented at the beginning of the trip.
John was fully prepared for any circumstances ( water, water proof clothes, cookies, etc)
He was very nice and caring, he had big knowledge of the history of Scotland, patiently answered milions of our guestions. Even though the wether
was rainy and unpleasant ( typically scottish) the time passed quickly.
On the whole the trip was really successful and we can recommend it to everybody.
If you are not prepared for the trip John always is.
Karolina, Edyta, Ewelina from Poland

3. Newark Castle

Castle Road, Port Glasgow PA14 5NG, Scotland +44 1475 741858
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Newark Castle

Built by George Maxwell in the 15th century, this elegant and still virtually intact castle was enlarged by his descendent Patrick Maxwell in the 16th century. Patrick was infamous for murdering two of his neighbours and beating his wife of 44 years who bore him 16 children. The oldest part of the castle is a tower built soon after 1478, with a gatehouse. The connecting range was added in 1597-1599 by the wicked Patrick Maxwell, in a most elegant style.

Reviewed By jimboSaundersfoot - Saundersfoot

Didn't know the castle had been kept "alive" ... thanks to Historic Scotland... played around here as a child After the war... we were always warned that the " monsters will get you " ... it was interesting to learn from the curator(knowledgeable informative and enthusiastic guy) that animals like lions tigers etc were kept in the cellar by one of the castle keepers...
Some restoration still in process but many noooks and crannies to be found and the " anti-clockwise winding stairs were an unusual feature.... great commanding views of the Clyde..
Car park was occupied mainly by workers from the adjacent shipyard.... lets assume that the owners will compensate Historic Scotland for this "ab use"
Well worth a vIsit ... the children today appeared to be having a brilliant time

4. Delta Force Paintball West Glasgow

Turningshaw Road, Houston PA6 7BP, Scotland +44 844 477 5058
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Delta Force Paintball West Glasgow

Delta Force Paintball West Glasgow is located just a few miles from Junction 29 of the M8, making it easily accessible to paintball players from Glasgow, Paisley, Greenock and surrounding areas. It's very close to Glasgow Airport, so much so you can see our pyramid game zone from the windows of aircraft flying in and out. Our centre has 7 action-packed game scenarios, including 2 double-decker buses, Viet Cong Village and Afghan Command posts.

Reviewed By Aileen P - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Great day out for a group of kids. Different maps, themes to play. Was just like being in a video game according to my son. Marshals could do with listening to the kids and helping rather than sending them to the dead zone if there's a problem. Great facility.

5. Decleor Spa at Mar Hall

Mar Hall Drive, Bishopton PA7 5NW, Scotland +44 141 812 9999
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4 based on 134 reviews

Decleor Spa at Mar Hall

The Decleor Spa at Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort is the perfect place for a girlie Spa Day or overnight Spa Break.With 7 treatment Rooms, Relaxation area, Rasul Mud Chamber,Vichy Shower, Aroma Steam, 20 metre swimming pool and fully equipped gymnasium this is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the benefits of our fantastic array of Decleor treatments.

Reviewed By ScottishGrace - Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Spa at Mar Hall is totally luxurious. Sumptuous, plus furnishings, mood lighting, restful lounges. I'd highly recommend a trip there. I spend the first day swimming and relaxing and then on the following day had the Rasul Mud Bath. Gorgeous smelling mud applied all over then a spell in the steam room. Rinsed off and then covered in a beautiful body lotion. I followed that will lying down in their lounge area with some gentle music before being called for my Wheat facial, which was absolutely glorious, could have dropped off quite easily. Went home with my skin being the softest it's ever felt. Can't wait to go back.

6. Dumbarton Castle

Castle Road, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1JJ, Scotland +44 1389 732167
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4.5 based on 373 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 Swedishtomcat - Diss

This is more of a fortress on a rock than a castle. Most of the military buildings are no longer there, that said, there are a couple of buildings which house information boards. The outstanding thing about the ‘castle’ is the 360-degree vista from the top of the rock. Be prepared for over 500 steps but the spectacular views are worth the effort.

7. TreeZone Loch Lomond Shores

Loch Lomond Shores Ben Lomond Way | The Cabin, Balloch, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G83 8QL, Scotland
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5 based on 99 reviews

TreeZone Loch Lomond Shores

Treezone is a fun, action packed Aerial Adventure course on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond, one of Scotland's most spectacular visitor destinations. You will balance on beams dangle from vines and zip through the trees surrounded by wildlife. This adventure is suitable for adventurers from 7 years old and upwards, with a minimum height restriction of 110cm. Prepare for the ultimate high wire forest adventure!

Reviewed By Natasha M

We have just completed this and myself, my partner and our friends had a great time! From entering Viv was so friendly and a good laugh, one of my acrylics broke doing my harness and Viv came to the rescue with a file then Fiona managed to save my nail ! Thanks girls. Through the adventure Viv was so supportive and without her myself and my friend would have gave up! We all had a laugh and would go back again !

8. Finlaystone Country Estate

Finlaystone Estate, Port Glasgow PA14 6TJ, Scotland +44 1475 540505
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3.5 based on 99 reviews

Finlaystone Country Estate

Welcome to Finlaystone Country Estate, an established visitor attraction managed by the family of the Chief of the Clan MacMillan.The estate, with its spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde, is open all year and is situated on the A8 ten minutes west of Glasgow Airport. Finlaystone offers a great family day out with imaginative play areas, woodland walks, picnic areas & bbq sites, colourful Gardens, tumbling Waterfalls, events & activities, tearoom, shop and visitor centre. In addition, you can also rent holiday flats or rooms for craft stalls, conferences, childrens' parties or other needs.

Reviewed By rosemarie h - Kilmacolm, United Kingdom

This is a very pleasant place to visit with a very good play area for children pleasant walks dogs admitted on leads and very nice Gardens A good cafe is also on site where you can either sit inside or out. I would visit the cafe more regularly except the entry fee for the estate is expected before you can use the cafe

9. River City Set Tour

BBC Scotland, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 2QW, Scotland
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5 based on 51 reviews

River City Set Tour

Reviewed By Margaret O - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Felt so lucky to get tickets as we have tried or couple of years. The tour was absolutely excellent. The staff were very friendly and informative. We were taken in small groups of about people. This meant we could all hear the guide and get plenty of opportunity to nosey about the sets. The guide told us lots of stuff about filming/ actors and the job of the prop people and the set designers who are constantly updating fine details .The guide was happy to take plenty of photos for us. Would definitely recommend.

10. Balloch VisitScotland iCentre

Old Station Building Balloch Road | Old Station Building, Balloch, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G83 8LQ, Scotland +44 1389 753533
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Balloch VisitScotland iCentre

Balloch Information Centre is located in the beautiful red sandstone Old Station Building in the centre of Balloch, directly opposite Balloch Central train station. Balloch is a charming town located at the southern edge of Loch Lomond and is a great base for exploring the beautiful Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. For those that enjoy the great outdoors, Balloch is a great place to get active both on land and on water with a wide range of activities on offer throughout the year. A warm welcome awaits you at Balloch VisitScotland Information Centre where the knowledgeable staff will assist you in how to spend the perfect day in Balloch, providing you with a local map and many suggestions as to what you can do. You can also purchase discounted tickets for local attractions to include the Loch Lomond Sealife Centre and the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre. There is also a wide selection of Scottish gifts that can be purchased from the Information Centre, such as Harris Tweed bags and purses, shortbread and a wide selection of guide books and maps. Getting to Balloch couldn't be easier! Trains leave frequently from Glasgow city centre directly to Balloch and Scottish Citylink coaches pass Balloch as they travel north. Balloch is well connected by road by the A82 and A811.

Reviewed By phuismans154 - Uden, The Netherlands

The people from Visit Scotland Information Centre in Balloch were a fantastic help when we had trouble finding B&B accommodation. Carolyn has been searching and making phonecalls for more than 2 hours to find us 5 B&B's! But she hung in there until she found all the accommodations we needed! Thanks again!

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