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West Dunbartonshire is a region located on the South Western coast of Scotland. It is formed of three towns: Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven. The area has dramatic contrasts, from the borders of Loch Lomond to the majestic promenades of Clyde and the beauty of Trossachs National Park. The Southern part of Loch Lomond’s shores form a fertile valley all the way to River Leven, a river famous for its salmon and sea trout populations. There are some pretty villages on the shores of the river, all the way to the old town of Dumbarton.
Dumbarton was established in the 5th century, as the capital of the Kingdom of Strathclyde. The original success of the town is the volcanic rock, that came from a 350 million years old volcano and it is the prime matter Dumbarton Castle was built from. The castle is one of the oldest sites in Britain, and it has proved its significant importance through the ages. The Western part of the town is home to the famous Overtoun Estate, a superb mansion built in 1859. The grounds will simply fascinate you with their beautiful landscapes, gorges, wooded glens and exotic gardens with species brought all the way from the Himalayas. You can also enjoy a stunning view of Kilpatrick Hills from the estate. Denny Tank Museum is one of the most popular attractions. It takes you back to the Victorian days, where you will see ship designs and a history of Clyde shipbuilding. It is a unique chance step back in time and discover the working ship model testing tank.
Scotland will tempt your taste buds with some very special dishes, you just have to pack your bags and come. Get ready to be amazed by all the stuff you will get for breakfast: a selection of juices, yoghurt, fruit, cereal, hot porridge, delicious toast, a full Scottish breakfast, tea or coffee. Sounds great, right? Let us clear up for you what a Scottish breakfast is: bacon, eggs, sausages, potato scone, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and black pudding. It is a full meal; that will keep your tummy satisfied so that you can enjoy long days of sightseeing. The meat delicacies also include Haggis, Stovies and Lorne sausages. The desserts menu is a delight, with its Cranachan, Atholl Brose, Tablet, Shortbread and Clottie dumplings. Here are some places where you can sample all these goodies: The Stables Restaurant, The Lochside, The Gleincairn Lodge. Don’t miss McMonagles, The Stonefield, Rigo’s Bistro, The Coach House Inn, Cameron House, The Coothi, Waterhouse Inn, The Kited Skirlie, The Tullie Inn, The Clipper.
There are plenty accommodation units, which are more than likely to meet your greatest expectations. It only depends on the manner in which you would like to spend your holiday: in a luxurious hotel, a traditional inn or a cozy bed & breakfast. Here are the top places you should consider booking: Premier Inn Dunbarton, Travelodge Dumbarton, Balloch Hotel, West Park Hotel, Braeburn Cottage, Vahaa B&B, Dumbain Farm and Woodvale B&B.
Inchmurrin Island lies on the extreme South of Loch Lomond. Its name derives from St. Miren Chapel, an attraction no longer available on the island. It is a destination for many important visitors, such as Queen Mary of Scots, Robert the Bruce. In the past, it was a getaway spot for Earl of Lennox and his family. You will come across many serene beaches and important archaeological sites, like the ruins of Lennox Castle. Inchmurrin is easily accessible by boat; you just have to take a 15 minutes ferry from Arden.
The beaches are most of all divine. You will love the impressive cliffs, the sound of waves rushing to hit the shore and the seagulls. Feel the sense of freedom deep buried in the sand, let the wind play with your hair and take in the fresh salty air. All in all, the precious moments you share in West Dumbartonshire, will forever have a place in your heart.
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