"Dumbarton is a brutal concrete sprawl, fulfilling every last hellish cliche about post-war planning and architecture" - so says the 1994 edition of The Rough Guide to Scotland. However the town does has some attractions, notably the castle, which is on a districtive hill like Edinburgh and Stirling castles. The Denny Tank Museum is also worth a visit, but there is not a great deal to be seen in the modern town centre. The town could be comfortably explored as a day trip from Glasgow.
The population is just over 20,000. You may have seen the town on BBC television in Scotland as the set for the soap River City. Whisky blending and bonded storage is a major industry in the town. The bonded warehouses can be seen as you enter the town from the east.
ScotRail  serves the three stations in Dumbarton. On average, there are around four services from Glasgow Queen Street station per hour. Dumbarton Central is the station nearest the town centre, and is also a calling point for trains serving the West Highland Railway in addition to the Caledonian Sleeper to London six nights a week. Dumbarton East is the nearest station for the castle. Dalreoch is really only for fans of 1970 municipal housing.
Dumbarton Castle, Dumbarton (take the A82 south), +44 1389 732167. It features a castle on top of a rock, overlooking the Firth of Clyde. It was an important royal refuge. Historic Scotland information
Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank Castle Street, Dumbarton, G82 1QS +44 1389 763 444 A shipyard model test tank built in 1882. Now part of the Scottish Maritime Museum, but still used occasionally for real tests. Open Mon to Sat 10:00am - 4:00pm Adults £2.00
Geilston Gardens. A National Trust for Scotland Garden in Cardross.
The Counting House,17 High Street,G82 1NF, Built into an old bank building, the Counting House is part of a chain which offers pub food at reasonable prices. Drinks are often priced similarly and promotions are frequent on food and drink. Good for eating on a medium budget. Keep in mind that this establishment is at-heart a pub, and a quiet meal isn't likely during large sports events.
The Clipper,3 High Street, G82 1LF, Named for the shipbuilding history of the town (esp. The Cutty Sark tea clipper), The Clipper is a restaurant/pub which offers a wide selection of food in various styles. A separate dining area means that a meal can still be enjoyed while the pub is busy.
Frankie & Benny's,Unit 1, St James Retail Park, G82 1RB Chain restaurant serving Italian food. Can be a bit more expensive.