DRIVE ALONG THE CREAR WEDDING MAP 

Founded in the fifth century, Dumbarton was once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde.  
Ten minutes from Glasgow airport, explore when you stop to shop and fill up with fuel. 

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ROCK OF THE CLYDE
THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY FORTIFIED PLACE IN BRITAIN

 

This place is the closest thing to Game of Thrones’ Casterly Rock as you can imagine. It ticks almost every historical box, too: Romans, Arthurian lore, Vikings, William Wallace, Mary, Queen of Scots and countless more.

 

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Dumbarton Rock is a stony sentinel in the Clyde – its fitting Brythonic name was Alt Clut, Rock of the Clyde. This dramatic volcanic plug in-filled the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago. It is the oldest continually fortified place in Britain, from the Iron Age to the Second World War. 

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In 1305 William Wallace was imprisoned in Dumbarton Castle,
before being led on a seventeen day journey in chains to his grisly execution in London. 

Mary Queen of Scots was kept at the castle as a young child for several months in 1548 for her safety,
before she embarked for France to become the bride of the Dauphin, the young French prince.

Putting any issues with wedding family dynamics you may be having into perspective,  
Elizabeth 1  ordered that her cousin Mary have her head chopped off in 1587.

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IVAR THE BONELESS CAPTURES THOUSANDS OF BRITISH SLAVES IN 870!

Ivar the Boneless may sound like a character from Game of Thrones, but he was a terrifying reality to communities across Britain in the ninth century.

Ivar was a particularly bloodthirsty Viking and was often referred to as a berserker: a fiercely violent warrior that would fight in almost a trance-like state of fury.

Dumbarton Rock was the capital of the British Kingdom.
Following the longest Viking siege in history lasting four months in 870, Ivar captured thousands of British slaves and it reportedly took 200 boats to sail them away.

Berserkers were recorded as wearing bear skin coats (the word berserker translates to bear skin)
and were a truly terrifying sight to behold on the battlefield.
Driven only by bloodlust and seemingly oblivious to the battle around them,
berserkers are the root origin of the word ‘berserk’.

A ROUND HOUSE STRAIGHT OUT OF GRAND DESIGNS OVER TWO THOUSAND YEARS OLD!

Dumbuck crannog lies on the north shore of the Firth of Clyde, close to Dumbarton Rock. It comprised a platform of layers of earth, stone and brushwood, revetted by timber piles, on top of which a timber round-house had originally been built.

Excavations on the site in the late 19th century revealed a dock, still containing a logboat, adjacent to the platform, and radiocarbon dates indicate that the crannog was built sometime between 200BC and AD200.

Here's a replica in Loch Tay.

MOST OF ALL THE SHIPS IN THE WORLD WERE AT ONE TIME BUILD ON THE CLYDE!

Visit the fascinating Denny Tank Museum.
The displays hark back to the glorious days of Clyde shipbuilding, offering a unique opportunity to step back in time to the days of the Victorian ship design, with displays of hull models and the working ship model testing tank.

The title was first created in 1675 for Lord George Douglas but became extinct in 1749 when Lord Dumbarton's only son died.
It was recreated in the UK Peerage along with the title, the Duke of Sussex,
as a wedding present for Harry by his granny, the late Queen Elizabeth 11

 


While Harry and Meghan are delighted to be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,
they didn't feel so warm and fuzzy about being known as the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton
and refused to use the title for their son Archie because it contains the word "dumb." 

Save time shopping with click and collect on your way to Crear
at the giant Asda and Morrisons superstores in Dumbarton.