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Rosneath Castle Park

8 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 6
Rosneath Castle Park is a quiet and peaceful retreat with a beautiful lochside setting near Helensburgh in Argyll on Scotland’s West Coast.
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4.8

Loch Lomond Waterfront Luxury Lodges

9 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 6
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Situated on the east side of Loch Lomond near the village of Balmaha are these stunning lodges all nestled around the edge of the loch.
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3.7

Wemyss Bay

13 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 8
Pets 2
Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, nestled in the scenic region of Renfrewshire in Western Scotland, is a haven for families and adventurers alike, blending modern amenities with the natural beauty of the Scottish landscape.
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4.4

Hunters Quay

14 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
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Hunters Quay is part of our Go Active+ Breaks Collection, located just outside the seaside town of Dunoon. Award-winning Hunters Quay Holiday Village is perfect for a fun family adventure.
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5

Ardgartan Argyll Lodges

18 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 6
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Located on the shores of Loch Long and surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery in Argyll Forest Park, these contemporary architect designed lodges are ideally situated to explore the beauty of the Trossachs.
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4.6

Stratheck Holiday Park

18 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
Nestled between Benmore and Loch Eck, Stratheck Holiday Park is set in a stunning mountainside location, just a short distance from Dunoon, on the Cowal Peninsula within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
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Arran Hills

19 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 4
Pets 1
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Arran Hills sits in an ideal location in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside, near the west coast of Scotland.
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4.5

Viewfield Manor Leisure Park

19 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 6
Located in the heart of the Ayrshire countryside, but just a short drive to the beach, Viewfield Manor offers something for everyone.
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Loch Lomond Holiday Park

21 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 8
Pets 2
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Loch Lomond Holiday Park is part of our Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection.
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Sandylands

22 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 6
Sandylands Holiday Park, located in the region of Ayrshire, Scotland, offers a welcoming retreat for families and visitors seeking a blend of indoor leisure and outdoor exploration.
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Dundonald Lodge Retreat

25 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 12
Pets 2
Escape to the ultimate luxury retreat at Dundonald Links. Our newly opened resort in 2021 offers an unforgettable Scottish experience, combining exquisite accommodations with world-class amenities.
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Strathyre Lodges

25 Miles from Dumbartonshire
Sleeps 2
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Located among the scenic lochs and mountains of the Trossachs, this beautiful setting is overlooked by the majestic Ben Ledi, which provides a stunning backdrop to the cabins which are all nestled between the heart of the forest and the banks of Loch Lubnaig.
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dumbartonshire Park & Visitor Guide

Dumbartonshire, a gem in Scotland's west, offers families a vibrant mix of outdoor adventures and cultural treats. Imagine tucking into fresh, locally-sourced seafood after a day exploring Loch Lomond's serene waters or hiking the rugged Trossachs. Kids will love the interactive exhibits at the Denny Tank Museum, where shipbuilding heritage comes alive. Here's a quirky tidbit: the region's famed for inventing the world's first commercial steamship! Opting for a holiday park break? It's a no-brainer. You get a comfy base with amenities at your fingertips, plus the freedom to explore or relax at your own pace. Perfect for creating those cherished family memories.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Dumbartonshire?

Dumbartonshire, with its rolling hills and proximity to Loch Lomond, offers a scenic backdrop for a family break. It's steeped in history, from the iconic Dumbarton Castle to the engineering marvel of the Titan Clydebank crane. In 2024, look out for new attractions or upgrades to existing parks. Local festivals like the Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival add flavour to your stay. Holiday parks here give you a base to explore the unique mix of natural beauty, history, and Scottish culture that Dumbartonshire boasts.

If you're visiting Dumbartonshire with kids

Absolutely, Dumbartonshire is a hit for families. Kids can explore castles, enjoy the Maid of the Loch paddle steamer, or have a blast at the SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium. UK holiday parks cater to families with kids' clubs, playgrounds, and safe environments to roam.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Waterproof clothing – it's Scotland, after all!
  3. Sunscreen and hats for unpredictable weather
  4. Swimwear for pool or loch-side fun
  5. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  6. Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  7. Reusable water bottles to stay hydrated
  8. Favourite toys or games for downtime
  9. Travel first-aid kit for minor scrapes
  10. Snacks for energy boosts on the go

Pet Friendly Dumbartonshire Adventures

Dumbartonshire welcomes pets, with many trails and open spaces for them to enjoy. Pubs like The Dog House in Balloch and The Drovers Inn near Loch Lomond are known for their pet-friendly policies. Always bring a lead, water bowl, and waste bags when out and about.

Dog walking ideas in Dumbartonshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Balloch Castle Country Park Varies Parkland & Loch Views G83 8LX
John Muir Way 134 (total) Coastal & Countryside G83 0TL
Overtoun House Walk 3 Woodland & Historic Buildings G82 2SH
Luss Heritage Path 1.5 Village & Loch Views G83 8PA
The West Highland Way 96 (total) Highlands G83 7DP

Dining at the park, or heading out

Many holiday parks have their own restaurants, offering convenience and family-friendly menus. Local cuisine includes fresh seafood from the loch and traditional Scottish dishes like haggis. For a family meal, try the Balloch House in Balloch, while couples might enjoy the intimate setting of Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond.

Outdoor Family Adventures

Dumbartonshire's outdoor centres, like Loch Lomond Wakeboard, offer activities from wakeboarding to canoeing. Prices vary, with wakeboarding starting around £25 for a taster session. Seasonal opening times generally run from April to October for most water-based activities.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Loch Lomond Shores Shopping Centre Branded Goods & Local Crafts G83 8QL
Antartex Village Outlet Shopping Scottish Textiles & Gifts G83 0TP
Lomond Galleries Shopping Centre High Street Brands G83 0UG
Jenners Department Store Luxury & Designer Brands G83 8QL
The Green Welly Stop Gift Shop Outdoor Gear & Souvenirs FK20 8RY

Top Parks for 2024 in Dumbartonshire

Wemyss Bay, County Antrim

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 1 minute | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Wemyss Bay Holiday Park is a haven for families and explorers alike, offering a plethora of activities, stunning island views, and direct access to the Isles of Bute and Arran for unforgettable day trips.

For the kids - Young adventurers will be thrilled with the outdoor adventure playground, complete with a climbing wall, and the amusement arcade for endless fun. The heated indoor pool also hosts exciting water activity sessions.

What's on-site? On-site amenities include The Livingstone’s Bar and Grill for hearty meals, Café@Wemyss for a relaxing Costa Coffee, and the Showbar for evening entertainment. The park also boasts a sauna, perfect after a day of activities.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Lyle Hill (20 minutes drive) with panoramic views, and the McLean Museum (15 minutes drive) for a cultural outing. The ferry to the Isle of Bute is a short journey away, offering access to Mount Stuart House and its gardens (ferry plus 20 minutes drive).

Accommodation options: Wemyss Bay offers a range of caravans and lodges, suitable for families, couples, and groups, with pet-friendly options available. The Burns caravan sleeps up to 8 and includes a DVD and soundbar, while the Buchanan WFA is wheelchair friendly and sleeps 5.


Drimsynie Holiday Village, Argyll

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 1 minute | Sleeps: 10 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Drimsynie Holiday Village is nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, offering luxurious hot tub lodges, a full suite of Go Active Breaks activities, and a serene spa for the ultimate relaxation experience.

For the kids - The park is a paradise for children with activities like Laser Tag, Archery, a VIP Cinema, and Golf Simulator. The Go Cove Adventures add even more excitement with paddle boarding and gorge walking.

What's on-site? On-site facilities include The View Restaurant, a takeaway service, Rob Roy Suite for entertainment, a gym, and an indoor pool with a sauna, spa bath, and steam room. The spa offers a range of treatments for a rejuvenating experience.

What's nearby? The park is close to the Argyll Forest Park (30 minutes drive) for hiking and wildlife spotting. The historic Inveraray Castle is around a 45-minute drive away, offering a glimpse into Scotland's past.

Accommodation options: Accommodation ranges from caravans to luxury lodges with hot tubs, catering to couples, families, and large groups. The Luxury 5 bed Hot Tub Lodge is pet-friendly and sleeps up to 10, featuring en-suite bedrooms and a private hot tub.


Hunters Quay, Argyll

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 29 minutes | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Hunters Quay Holiday Village is an award-winning park with panoramic views, offering a plethora of activities, a new showbar, and a partnership with Papa John’s for delicious dining options.

For the kids - Children can enjoy the Loch & Play area with 85 arcade machines, Captain Jacks pirate ship play centre, and Adventure Golf starting in summer 2023.

What's on-site? The park features Hunters Arena for entertainment, Quay Fitness with a range of exercise classes, and Fyne Nails and Beauty for a pampering session. The Go Cove offers activities like fencing, archery, and laser tag.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Benmore Botanic Garden (20 minutes drive) and the Castle House Museum in Dunoon (10 minutes drive). The Holy Loch Marina offers boating opportunities (15 minutes drive).

Accommodation options: Hunters Quay offers a variety of caravans and lodges, including pet-friendly options. The Gold Caravan 2 WF is wheelchair friendly and sleeps 4, while the Platinum Caravan 3 is perfect for larger families or groups.


Viewfield Manor Leisure Park, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: About 1 hour | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Viewfield Manor Leisure Park is set in the picturesque Ayrshire countryside, offering a tranquil setting with easy access to local beaches and a variety of accommodation to suit all preferences.

For the kids - The park features a children’s play area and arcade games, ensuring that younger guests have plenty to keep them entertained during their stay.

What's on-site? Facilities include an indoor heated pool, gym, sauna, Rabbie’s bar with Sky Sports, a restaurant with takeaway service, and free Wi-Fi in communal areas.

What's nearby? Local attractions include the seaside town of Irvine (15 minutes drive), the Scottish Maritime Museum (15 minutes drive), and several golf courses with discounts available for park guests.

Accommodation options: Viewfield Manor offers a range of caravans, including Sage Caravans that are modern and affordable. The Sage Caravan 3 sleeps up to 6 and is available in pet-friendly and accessible options.


Family Days Out In Dumbartonshire

Dumbartonshire, a picturesque area in Scotland, offers a variety of attractions perfect for families staying at holiday parks in the region. Here's a rundown of the top six venues that promise a fun-filled day for everyone.

Balloch Castle Country Park

  • Opening Times: Dawn until dusk
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: G83 8LX
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site (charges may apply)

Balloch Castle Country Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and families. With stunning views over Loch Lomond and plenty of space for picnics and games, it's ideal for a relaxed day out. The park also has a walled garden, nature trails, and a playground for kids. The best time to visit is during spring or summer when the gardens are in full bloom.

Web: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org


SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £13.95, Children £9.95 (online discounts available)
  • Postcode: G83 8QL
  • Est. time required: 1.5-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Loch Lomond Shores complex

The SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium is a hit with families, especially those with young children fascinated by marine life. The aquarium features a variety of sea creatures, from local species to tropical fish. Don't miss the interactive rock pool experience. To avoid crowds, visit on a weekday or early morning during weekends.

Phone number: 01389 721500 | Web: www.visitsealife.com/loch-lomond/


Overtoun House

  • Opening Times: Grounds open year-round
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: G82 2SH
  • Est. time required: 1-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Overtoun House is a stunning Victorian mansion with grounds that are perfect for a family stroll. The house itself isn't always open to the public, but the surrounding woodland walks and the views of the River Clyde are the real drawcards. It's a peaceful spot for a family picnic or a casual walk with the dog.

Web: www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk


Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 16:30 (seasonal variations)
  • Prices: Adults £7.50, Children £5.50
  • Postcode: G83 8QL
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Loch Lomond Shores complex

For a more educational experience, the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is a must-visit. Home to over 30 birds, including eagles, falcons, and owls, it's a great opportunity to learn about these majestic creatures up close. The knowledgeable staff offer insightful talks and flying displays that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages.

Phone number: 01389 729239 | Web: www.llbopc.co.uk


The Maid of the Loch

  • Opening Times: Varies (check website)
  • Prices: Free entry (donations welcome), charges for sailings
  • Postcode: G83 8QX
  • Est. time required: 1-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Loch Lomond Shores complex

Step aboard The Maid of the Loch, the last paddle steamer built in Britain, and soak up the nostalgia. While the ship is currently undergoing restoration, visitors can explore the deck and enjoy the onboard tearoom. Check their website for special event days when the steam engines are in operation for a truly unique experience.

Web: www.maidoftheloch.org


Dumbarton Castle

  • Opening Times: 09:30 - 17:30 (summer), reduced hours in winter
  • Prices: Adults £6.00, Children £3.60
  • Postcode: G82 1JJ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site (limited) or nearby streets

Dumbarton Castle commands attention with its striking location atop a volcanic rock. It's a bit of a climb, but the views from the top are worth the effort. The castle has a rich history, and there's plenty to explore, including the Governor's House and the medieval keep. It's a great spot for those interested in Scottish history and panoramic views.

Phone number: 01389 732167 | Web: www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/dumbarton-castle/

When planning your visit to these attractions, remember to check the latest opening times and any COVID-19 restrictions that may be in place. Enjoy your time in Dumbartonshire, and make sure to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and rich heritage that this area has to offer, all easily accessible from the comfort of your chosen holiday park.

FAQs

This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a laid-back vibe with a community feel. Holiday parks like Loch Lomond Holiday Park offer a mix of relaxation and activities. You'll find kids' clubs, entertainment, and facilities like pools or play areas. Accommodations range from caravans to lodges, some with hot tubs for that extra splash of luxury.

What should I pack when visiting Dumbartonshire?

Pack for the unpredictable Scottish weather – layers are key. Include waterproofs and sturdy shoes for exploring. Don't forget swimwear for pool days at your holiday park. Essentials like toiletries are a must, but check if your park provides items like towels to save space in your luggage.

Is Dumbartonshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Dumbartonshire's stunning landscapes are year-round stunners. Off-season means fewer crowds at attractions like Dumbarton Castle. Plus, holiday parks often have indoor facilities, so you can enjoy a swim or a meal out even when it's chilly.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Holiday parks in Dumbartonshire take cleanliness seriously. Hot tubs are thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked between guests. For example, Loch Lomond Holiday Park ensures a pristine soak upon your arrival.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in Dumbartonshire are pet-friendly, like Argyll Holidays. Always check the park's pet policy before booking. There might be a small extra charge, but it means your furry friend can join the adventure.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

Booking activities can usually be done online or at the park's reception. During peak times, it's wise to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Some activities might be drop-in, but for popular ones like water sports at Loch Lomond, secure your spot early.

Are there any discounts available for local attractions?

Yes, holiday parks often have partnerships with local attractions. Ask at reception for any discount vouchers or special offers. Places like SEA LIFE Loch Lomond might have reduced rates for holiday park guests.

What dining options will we have on-site?

You'll usually find a range of options, from casual cafes to sit-down restaurants. For instance, Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village has a restaurant with stunning loch views. Plus, most parks have shops for self-catering needs.

Is there Wi-Fi available, and is it free?

Most holiday parks offer Wi-Fi, often free in communal areas. In your accommodation, it might be free or come with a small charge. It's perfect for streaming movies on a rainy day or planning your next day's adventure in Dumbartonshire.

What emergency services are available in case of an incident?

Safety's a top priority. Holiday parks have first aid trained staff and emergency procedures in place. For anything serious, local services in Dumbartonshire are on call. Always familiarize yourself with the park's emergency contacts and nearest hospital, just in case.

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