Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Iar
|• Body||West Dunbartonshire Council|
|• Total||61 sq mi (159 km2)|
|Area rank||Ranked 31st|
|Population (2010 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 22nd|
|• Density||1,500/sq mi (570/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-WDU|
West Dunbartonshire (Scots: Wast Dunbartanshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Iar, pronounced [ʃirˠəxk ɣumˈpɾʲɛʰt̪ɪɲ ə ɲiəɾ]) is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland. The area lies to the west of the City of Glasgow and contains many of Glasgow's commuter towns and villages, as well as the city's suburbs. West Dunbartonshire also borders onto Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Stirling.
The area was formed on 1 April 1996 from part of the former Strathclyde Region, namely the entire district of Clydebank and the Dumbarton district less the Helensburgh area. In the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 that created the council area its name was Dumbarton and Clydebank. The council, elected as a shadow authority in 1995, resolved to change the name of the area to West Dunbartonshire.
West Dunbartonshire is administered from Dumbarton, although Clydebank is the largest town.
Governance and politics
The Labour Party regained control of the council from an SNP/independent coalition at the 2012 local election.
Towns and villages
- Old Kilpatrick
- Erskine Bridge
- Dumbarton Castle
- Inchmurrin, the largest fresh water island in the British Isles.
- Kilpatrick Hills
- Loch Lomond
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
- River Leven