Live the life
Located close to Glasgow and bordering Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire is a great place to live if you’re looking for family attractions, beautiful countryside and good commuter routes into the city. Encompassing the towns of Alexandria, Clydebank, Dumbarton and Bonhill, there’s something for everyone close to your new home in West Dunbartonshire, whether you love playing golf, hiking or discovering local history.
Things to see and do
West Dunbartonshire is home to lots of great historical attractions, where you can learn more about Scotland through the ages, whether you’re exploring Dumbarton Castle, walking the nature trails at Balloch Castle Country Park, or enjoying the National Trust for Scotland’s Geilston Garden.
If you like getting out and about in the great outdoors, you can go walking in the Kilpatrick Hills, spend a day at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, or explore the woodland of Boden Boo. There are lots of popular days out for kids nearby, including Loch Lomond Aquarium, Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre and the island of Inchmurrin.
Other attractions in West Dunbartonshire include the Scottish Maritime Museum and Clydebank Museum, while nearby Glasgow is home to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Science Centre, and football rivals Celtic F.C. and Rangers F.C.
If you’re moving to West Dunbartonshire with school-age children, you’ll be keen to find out more about local education. Schools in the area include Vale of Leven Academy, Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School, Clydebank High School, Boclair Academy, Dumbarton Academy and St Columba’s High School, while Clydebank College has further education courses.
Glasgow’s many universities are just a short commute away if your children want to study for a degree while living close to home.
Getting to West Dunbartonshire
West Dunbartonshire is well-connected by rail, making it a popular place for commuters to live. The M8 motorway is convenient for drives to nearby Glasgow and beyond, while Glasgow Airport is only a short 20-minute car journey from Dumbarton, ideal if you’re returning from holiday or a business trip abroad.
Clydebank is around 25 minutes away from Glasgow by either car or train, while Dumbarton can be reached in 35 minutes by car via the M8 or 30 minutes by train. The drive to Balloch from Glasgow takes 40 minutes, while the train journey takes around 45 minutes.