Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Other Important Destinations|
|Arrochar • Clydebank • Cumbernauld • Dumbarton • Helensburgh • Kirkintilloch • Tarbet|
|Current Highway Authorities|
|Argyll & Bute • East Dunbartonshire • Glasgow • North Lanarkshire • Stirling • West Dunbartonshire|
|Argyll • Lanarkshire • Perthshire • Renfrewshire • Stirlingshire|
|Transport Scotland Roads|
|M80 • A82 • A83 • A898|
Dunbartonshire is a traditional county in the central belt of Scotland. Historically, many counties had exclaves elsewhere, but in the Detached Parts Act of 1844 most had been tidied up, though Dunbartonshire was not one of them and it remains in two parts. The main area of the county is in the west around the county town of Dumbarton and stretching up the west shore of Loch Lomond. The Eastern, detached portion contains Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld. These two parts of the county should not be confused with the modern East and West Dunbartonshire Council areas, which have very different borders, meaning that there are a total of 6 local authorities now covering the historic county.
Geography & Economy
Today much of the county of Dunbartonshire forms the suburban commuter belt of Northern Glasgow. However, a hundred years ago, even Clydebank was a separate town surrounded by fields and farmland. This rapid urbanisation has led to large housing estates surrounding former village and town centres, none more so than the new town of Cumbernauld. However, all is not lost, with the western end of the county along the shores of Loch Lomond and the Rosneath Peninsula remain largely rural, in part due to the more Highland nature of the terrain, with steep forested slopes and bare moorland above.
The county extends up to include Tarbet midway up Loch Lomond and the neighbouring village of Arrochar on Loch Long. Both provide a series of tourist attractions from loch cruises to adventure activities, whilst the urban fringe of Glasgow has a much more varied economy as befits their position as commuter belt for both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Much of the rural western part of the county falls under the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, with a visitor centre and attractions at Ballch at the foot of the Loch.
Many of the non-trunk roads within the western part of the traditional county are maintained by West Dunbartonshire Council. However, the north west area around Helensburgh and Rosneath is covered by Argyll & Bute while the detached part is maintained by East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Stirling Councils. Small portions are also maintained by Glasgow Council.
The Trunk Roads are maintained by Transport Scotland and include the A82, A83 and A898 in the western portion and the M80 in the detached area. The A898 enters the county across the Erskine Bridge one of the major crossings of the River Clyde.
|A739||Craigton, Cardonald||Canniesburn Toll, Bearsden||5.0 miles||View|
|A740||Paisley||Old Kilpatrick||6.5 miles||View|
|A8006||Glasgow Road||Waterside Road||0.6 miles||View|
|A8011||Low Wood Junction||Old Inns Junction||3.6 miles||View|
|A808||Bearsden Cross||Hillfoot Station||0.5 miles||View|
|A817||Loch Lomondside||Garelochhead||8.9 miles||View|
|A878||Old Kilpatrick||Great Western Road||0.3 miles||View|
|A879||Glasgow||Allander Toll||4.5 miles||View|
|A898||Erskine||Old Kilpatrick Interchange||1.5 miles||View|
|Argyll Coastal Route||Tarbet||North Ballachulish||149 miles||View|
|B757||Auchinloch||Milton of Campsie||4.2 miles||View|
|B8030||Glasgow Road, Milngavie||Strathblane Road, Milngavie||0.71 miles||View|
|B8039||Riggend||Central Way, Cumbernauld||2.7 miles||View|
|B8049||Hillfoot||Allander Toll||1.9 miles||View|
|B8050||Faifley (E)||Milngavie||2.5 miles||View|
|B8054||Central Way||Jane's Brae||1.6 miles||View|
|B814||Kilbowie Roundabout||Dalmuir||1.2 miles||View|
|B816||Falkirk||Cumbernauld Village||8.0 miles||View|
|B820||Glasgow Road||Kilsyth Road||0.5 miles||View|
|B830||Glasgow Road||Stirling Road||0.8 miles||View|
|B854||Drumkinnon||Haldane's Mill||1.2 miles||View|
|Clyde Sea Lochs Trail||Dumbarton||Arrochar||43.7 miles||View|
|Hamilton - Cumbernauld Motorway||Hamilton||Cumbernauld||View|
|M80||Glasgow||Bannockburn, Stirlingshire||25 miles||View|