Cardross, Argyll and Bute

Cardross, Argyll and Bute

Cardross ("Càrdainn Ros" in Gaelic) is a large village in Scotland, on the north side of the Firth of Clyde, situated halfway between Dumbarton and Helensburgh. Cardross is in the historic geographical county of Dunbartonshire, but the modern political local authority of Argyll and Bute. Cardross is also the name of a historic Parish stretching from the west side of Dumbarton to Craigendoran, near Helensburgh, and including the village of Renton in the Vale of Leven.

Famous Residents

Scooba "The Stench" Chambers


King Robert the Bruce is often associated with Cardross in respect of his last years. He died at his manorial house in the Parish of Cardross in 1329, but the exact location is unknown. It is claimed that it was not where the present village lies, but near where Dalmoak Farm now stands, near the River Leven, south of the village of Renton.

A. J. Cronin, the celebrated doctor and writer, was born in Cardross in 1896.

Cardross today

Cardross has its own primary school, golf course [] and bowling, tennis and football clubs. There are also a number of shops, including a post office, a newsagents a pharmacy and a newly opened coffee shop. Ardardan Estate [] is a working farm, with a farm shop, plant nursery and tea room, and is situated just outside Cardross. Geilston Garden, a National Trust for Scotland property, is located to the north west of the village. The villiage also has a small plumbing shop.

Cardross railway station is on the Drumgelloch-Helensburgh railway line. Cardross station is run by First ScotRail Ltd.

The village has two places of worship: Cardross Parish Church (Church of Scotland), and St Mahew's Roman Catholic Church. The original Parish Church was bombed during the Second World War, and its ruins are located next to the Manse. The former St Peter's Seminary, designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, is situated in the north of the village.

The BBC Sports presenter Hazel Irvine lived in Cardross when she was younger and attended Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh.


* [ Area Profile of 36 Ward Cardross (Argyll and Bute 2001 Census Factsheets)] PDF at Argyll and Bute council
* [ Hermitage Academy web page]

Other links

* [ Cardross Golf Club]
* [ Ardardan Estate]

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