"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.
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