Dumbuck quarry nowThis photograph of Dumbuck Hill at Milton by Bowling was posted on social media by Old Kilpatrick man James Harkins.

By Lizzie Healey

Many readers of The Democrat will be astonished at just how much of Dumbuck Hill has disappeared over the past 25 years.

And others will be surprised to find they have been driving over it for many years.

Not literally, of course, but the sand and gravel, hard core and aggregates from Dumbuck have been used to build mile after mile of roads in West Dunbartonshire.

This excellent photograph from Old Kilpatrick man James Harkins appeared on social media this week.

And it stirred memories from a number of people such as Elaine Deeney, who said: “I remember tourists on the train taking photos of it, thinking it was Dumbarton Rock!”

Isabel Ross said: “[They are] taking Dumbarton apart piece by piece.”

Rachel McIntyre asked: “Is that Dumbuck Hill? We used to go to the top where there was a wee building. I think had something to do with the war.”

There was a flagpole at the top of Dumbuck and a lookout post during the Second World War.

Julia Aird said she lived near it when she was just three years old – “I used to climb it. I thought it was a mountain.”

And Jen R Meikle: “That massive boulder that looks as if it’s overhanging. I was always wary of it actually falling.

Dumbuck Quarry

Viewed from the River Clyde – Dumbuck Hill above the whisky warehouses in Glasgow Road. Picture by Bill Heaney

“Seeing it from this view, it doesn’t seem to have much to hold it on to. Time to stop [digging] unless it was made much SAFER.  Surely I can’t be the only Numpty who hates travelling by this stretch of the road?”

Derek Camlin said: “Big changes since I worked there 1974 till 1978 , I operated excavators at the quarry face and we were knocking out 15,000 tons each week back then.”

Lorry driver Hugh Sweeney said: “I took quite a few tons out to the Dalmoak by-pass in 68. Where was it going in 1974?”

Cardross man Derek Camlin replied: “I think the Alexandria by pass was going on at that time, so thousands of tonnes of hard core and tarmac would have been going there.

“Dumbuck Hill covered a large area of the west of Scotland regarding tarmac and aggregates.

“I won’t complain about the quarry. It kept me in work for over four years, and lots of other local men as well.

“That also includes all the haulage companies that delivered the materials as well.

“It’s a natural resource, so why not make use of it?”

Dumbuck flagstaff


One comment

  1. when i met my wife in 64 we went up dumbuck there was a hut at the top and in 50yrs theres nothing left its as bad as knocking down dumbarton castle dumbuck was apart of our town and should never been demollished as it has but then again another example of the councils in our lovely town

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