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Alexandria is the largest town in the Vale of Leven – a collection of picturesque towns and villages in West Dunbartonshire between Loch Lomond in the North and the Firth of Clyde in the South. During the 19th century the town became a centre for the textile and printing industries in the area, before achieving an outstanding reputation for manufacturing cars. Nowadays the town is popular with commuters to Glasgow and those wishing to visit Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Travellers come to this scenic and relatively remote area to relax and enjoy traditional Scottish hospitality, exquisite Scottish cuisine and fresh Scottish air. Visitor attractions in the area range from fascinating local museums to world class golf courses with a few exciting outdoor pursuits and a distillery or two thrown in along the way. Alexandria, and indeed the whole of the greater Glasgow area, offer some fabulous hotel options for all tastes and budgets. Find your ideal accommodation in Greater Glasgow with Expedia.

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Travel to this dramatic area of Scotland’s countryside and you will find a huge variety of events, activities and days out for the entire family. Take a boat, kayak or jet ski out on the beautiful waters of Loch Lomond – wind surfing is also popular and if you’re feeling brave you could even go for a swim! With over 720 square miles of wild parkland to explore there are plenty of other options if the water isn’t for you. There are a wide variety of cycle routes from flat tarmac roads to wide forest tracks. Climbing and horse riding are also established activities in this stunning part of Scotland.

Museums & Galleries

Over the last couple of centuries, West Dunbartonshire has played a central role in Scotland’s heavy industry and there are plenty of Museums to celebrate the area’s history. Alexandria’s Motor Heritage Centre is dedicated to preserving Scottish motoring history and it holds the largest collection of historic motoring photographs in the country. In nearby Clydebank, the Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery again concentrates on the area’s proud industrial heritage with large model ships on show as well as a fascinating collection of iconic Singer Sewing Machines, the largest of its kind in Europe.

Whisky Galore

For an introduction to whisky production in the area take a trip to the Auchentoshan distillery in Clydebank. This archetypal lowland distillery dates back to 1823 and has a proud history. With welcoming staff, a fascinating tour and a good old tasting at the end what’s not to like? Other places to explore the whisky industry in West Dunbartonshire include the Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria and the Chivas Brothers distillery in Dumbarton.


Easy to reach from central Glasgow, Alexandria is a great place to base yourself if you are planning to explore West Dunbartonshire. With its rich history, stunning scenery and a wide range of great places to stay this truly is a must-see Scottish destination. Browse and book your ideal accommodation in the area using Expedia’s interactive search tool.