River Leven (Uisge Leamhna in Gaelic) is
a stretch of water in West
Dunbartonshire, Scotland, flowing
Lomond in the North to the River
Clyde in the South.
The total length of the river is
approximately six miles and is very popular with salmon
and sea trout
anglers, trying to catch one of these migratory fish going up to
Vale of Leven is a collection of
communities in the northern part of the river, whilst the town of
Dumbarton sits at the southern end. Dumbarton
Castle sits at the confluence of the river with the
Clyde. The Leven is a relatively short river but is
widely claimed to be the second fastest flowing river in Scotland,
after the River
The river is crossed by nine bridges and two weirs. There is a path for
pedestrians and cyclists near the river, which connects with a
cycle path to Glasgow.
follows the river very closely from Balloch
, less closely from Renton to
In the past the river was used to get steamers into Loch Lomond,
although they sometimes did not find it an easy journey and could
have difficulty getting past the bridges. Nowadays the river is
considered to be not navigable. The height of the river can vary,
sometimes being a good deal higher in winter than summer.
- A plaque beside the river in Balloch makes this claim.
- The Old Vale and its Memories