The Overtoun Bridge in Dumbarton

The Overtoun Bridge in Dumbarton

This article will be taking a look at the mystery of the Overtoun Bridge in Dumbarton, Scotland…also known as the Dog Suicide Bridge…

The Overtoun Bridge Dogs

Since the 1950’s, the bridge has witnessed at least fifty, unexplained, dog deaths, which has earned it the gruesome title of ‘Dog Suicide Bridge’.

For some reason, most of the dog breeds seem to have been long-nosed, like Labradors or Retrievers.

The canine suicides only seem to take place on clear days, and there’s not that many of them in this part of Scotland! Also, they only jump off one side of the bridge.

There is a legend linked to this strange place – apparently centuries ago, a local man threw his baby over the bridge because he thought it had been possessed by a demon.

The Suicide Dogs

Over the last decade, the amount of dogs that have perished from the bridge has risen dramatically…and nobody knows why?

The story continues to attract widespread media attention – are these dogs really committing suicide?

Many paranormal experts believe that nearby Overtoun House is the epicenter of these strange happenings. Many locals believe that the house supports a ‘thin place’ – a location that connects Heaven and Earth.

The Suicide Dogs

A Scottish psychic named Mary Armour has spent a lot of sessions on the bridge, trying her best to find out what’s behind the strange suicides. She believes that some animals are hypersensitive to the spirit world.

She has also walked across the bridge many times with her own dog. She describes the bridge’s feeling as pure calmness and serenity. Her dog has not attempted to jump off, although it has gravitated towards the right-hand side of the bridge on every occasion (the side the dogs jump off!).

Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Biologist, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, believes that dogs have abilities beyond current scientific understanding, and he has also offered a theory to Overtoun Bridge.

He suggests that maybe the dogs are responding to some sort of human depressive impulse at the bridge which then causes suicide.

Could the dark past of the area have left a ‘footprint’ on the bridge that only dogs can pick up on?


Scottish Wildlife expert David Sexton has concluded that there are three main species active in the bridge area – mice, squirrel and mink.

Now, a recent study shows that a high percentage of dogs go for the smell of mink, probably because they are not native to Britain and they have a heavy smell.

It is thought that mink have only really started breeding in the UK since the 1950’s – around about the time when these strange suicides started.


Are these dogs flinging themselves over the brick walls of the bridge in excitement at the smell of mink…or is something more sinister, and paranormal, at work here?

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