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Gateway to Loch Lomond

One of Scotland's most breath-taking landscapes is right on your doorstep here. Nestled between Loch Lomond and Dumbarton, this former industrial town is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It was once home to the world's largest car factory, Argyll Motor Works. This ornate Edwardian building now houses Lomond Galleries, where you'll find shops and a motor museum. Alexandria is thought to be the only town in Britain to have a pub and a railway station in the middle of a roundabout.

Explore the Trossachs

Take in the stunning natural beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It offers a wealth of opportunities for walking, cycling, horse trekking and wildlife watching. On the loch itself you can take part in watersports, including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and fishing. There's also a Sea Life aquarium on the banks of the loch, where you can get up close to clownfish, sharks, sea turtles, seahorses and otters.

Climb up Dumbarton Castle

Alexandria is a short drive from Dumbarton Castle. Perched on volcanic rock, this 17th-century monument was a refuge for many royals, including James IV of Scotland and Mary Queen of Scots. Climb the White Tower Crag for stunning views over the River Clyde, and discover fascinating artefacts inside the Governor's House. Tickets cost from �3. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Alexandria? Travelodge Dumbarton Hotel is around 4 miles away, perfect for exploring the castle and Loch Lomond. If you want sea views, try our hotel on Helensburgh seafront.