Overtoun House is a 19th-century country house and estate in West Dunbartonshire. The house, an example of Scottish Baronial architecture, was built in the 1860s, and was donated to the people of Dumbarton in 1938. It was subsequently a maternity hospital, and now houses a Christian centre. The house is protected as a category A listed building, while the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.

Overtoun Bridge is a structure over the Overtoun Burn. It was completed in 1895 to a design by the landscape architect H. E. Milner.

Since 2005, media publicity has been given to reports of a number of dogs either falling or jumping from the bridge, resulting in injury or death upon landing on the rocks some 15m below; the bridge has also been the site of a murder and an attempted suicide. Explanations for these deaths have ranged from claims of ghosts and supernatural causes to natural explanations of dogs being attracted to the scent or sounds of nearby animals in the undergrowth, and consequently losing their balance on the sloping surfaces of the bridge's parapet.



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Founded: 1860s
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Agnes Campbell Mcbride (2 months ago)
Overton House used to be a maternity hospital in the 60-70 it has now been brought back to its former glory by the religious group that run it now the grounds are spectacular stunning views over Dumbarton stunning walks up the Craggs great place for families to walk.
Jeff Johnston (3 months ago)
Brilliant views and excellent walking areas. Great for family outings and treks up the Lang Craigs. Excellent tea room with delicious food and fantastic service. The interior of the house is quite astonishing; especially the ceiling of the Angel Room where the tea room is located.
Richard Pearson (4 months ago)
First ever visit to Overtoun House on 19 September but it will be first of many! Beautiful house, brilliant cafe with great staff ( Thank you Jacob) and some of the most amazing walking trails in Scotland.
Laurze Ellen (4 months ago)
Bee three times already. Lovely walks
JustynaK (5 months ago)
Such A beautiful place with very interesting history. Lots of lovely paths around The Overtoun House. Unfortunately the Cafe was closed when I've been there but I've heard that you can have a tea and w cake There so maybe next time :)
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