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Barnhill House Milton Brae, Milton


Local Area & Activities

Barnhill House is the perfect starting place to begin your holiday tour, wether you are visiting Loch Lomond (just a short drive away) or Glasgow (30 minutes by car/train) our location of Dumbarton is in easy reach of great days out. If you want to stay local and enjoy Dumbarton, there are lots of local pubs, restaurants and shops to explore as well as our very own historical landmarks.


Historic Scotland

Dumbarton Castle guards the point where the River Leven joins the River Clyde. Its recorded history reaches back over 1,500 years and overlooks the Scottish town of Dumbarton, sitting on a plug of volcanic basalt known as Dumbarton Rock it measures at 240 feet (73 m) high.

The castle is open on a daily basis during the summer season and Saturday-Wednesday in the winter. Visitors must climb the 557 steps to see the White Tower Crag and other features taking in the magnificent panoramic views of the Clyde and Ben Lomond in the distance.

website: Dumbarton Castle


Scottish Maritime Museum

With the newly refurbished Denny Tank Museum in Dumbarton it has become a popular place of interest to passing tourists. Discover the worlds first commercial ship model experiment tank, the length of a football pitch, you can see the ship model carriage running.

Experience the working environment of the model makers, clay moulders
and carpenters in 1882 and try your hand at smoothing and carving a real wax hull model.

Why not test different hull designs in our own mini experiment tank...and enter the world of the Victorian ship designer as in William Denny's drawing office, while finding out how to design your own ship.

Come and Join us on a guided tour of the building and learn about the Denny Brothers, builders of the famous Cutty Sark and inventors of the Denny helicopter, Denny hovercraft and Denny-Brown stabilisers.

website: Scottish Maritime Museum

West Highland Train Line Day Trip

Leaving from Dumbarton Central train Station, this is one of the most scenic train journeys in Britain linking the ports of Mallaig and Oban on the west coast of Scotland to Glasgow. The line was voted the top rail journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust in 2009 and again in 2010 making this a special day trip for all the family. The trip takes you from Dumbarton to Mallaig via Fort William. More info>>

Popular Day Trips & Activities


Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Balloch more>>
Helensburgh and Cardross more>>
Clydebank (Shopping Centre info)
Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery more>>

Further a field

Glasgow City Centre wide selection of museums, shops, restaurants and night life is only 30 minutes away. more>>
Stirling (60 minute drive) more>>
Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park (outside Stirling) more>>
Falkirk (60 minute drive east) more>>
(70-75 minutes east from us) more>>
Gourock, Skelmorlie, Largs, Troon, Ayr (and the Ayrshire coast) (40-70min) more>>
Glencoe is only about a 90 minute drive to the north more>>
Fort William a 2 hour drive. more>>

Pubs & Restaurants

Milton Inn Hotel, Bar & Restaurant
401 Milton, Dumbarton G82 2TD