Drymen, Loch Lomond
Drymen, as its entrance sign proudly declares, is the gateway to East Loch Lomond, onto Balmaha, Rowardennan and Ben Lomond. The village also features in a number of significant long distance routes, such as The West Highland Way and National Number 7 Cycle Path. The Village Square is the starting point for the Rob Roy Way that finishes in Pitlochry. The John Muir Ways path is not far from the village.
Drymen Village Square
The heart of the village is its pretty village square, where in time gone by cattle were sold. On the corner of the square sits the oldest licensed pub in Scotland, The Clachan Inn. The first landlady of this pub was none other than Rob Roy MacGregor’s sister. The pub serves excellent food and has an extensive whisky collection.
The Winnock, a popular hotel, is also on the square, attracting coach parties from across the UK and indeed Europe. With The Drymen Inn, Buchanan Arms Hotel and Skoosh Take Away and Ice Cream shop, Winnock Hotel and Clachan Inn there are plenty of places for walkers and Loch Lomond visitors to eat and drink.
Drymen Paths Guide
The library for the village can be found on the square and includes some good tourist information publications that will be useful if you are visiting the area. You can also get a copy of the Drymen Paths Guide detailing the many local walk and trails. Finally for the square, a quick mention for the local butcher and in particular his award wining steak pies.
Piping In The Square
In the summer months on Thursday nights Strathendrick Pipe Band perform for locals and visitors for an hour from 7.30pm. This is organised by Drymen Community Development Trust and takes place on the green at the square. There is always a good atmosphere and a chance to meet people from all over the world who often describe this as one of the highlights of their holiday.
Back to The Buchanan Arms Hotel, it is worth noting that they have a swimming pool that is available also for non-residents, a good option for families and of course a rainy day. The hotel is also a popular wedding venue. Across from the hotel is a path to the viewpoint, with views to Loch Lomond, around 3 miles away.
Scotland’s longest running agricultural show takes place each year on the last Saturday in May. Held just outside of the village next to Drymen Bridge the show has all the exhibitions and competitions that you would expect at an agricultural show as wells as helicopter rides, pets tent and a fairground.
Buchanan, Croftamie & Drymen Gala Day
The three communities come together for the event in June each year. Scarecrow competitions, floats, stalls, music and entertainment on the football ground in Drymen.
West Highland Way
As mentioned Drymen is on the route of The West Highland Way. The 96-mile walk from Glasgow to Fort William is very popular and Drymen is ideally located as a first night stop. The vans that take walkers luggage to their next overnight stop can often be seen in the village.
The village has an excellent Village Shop, a small Spar supermarket and chemist so this is the ideal opportunity to get anything that may be needed before leaving the village.
The next stage of the West Highland Way takes walkers to Balmaha, over Conic Hill. Read our guide for that 7 mile walk at the link below.
Drymen is on a bus route from Balloch/Alexandria and Balmaha, with around half a dozen busses each day. A new cycle pathway is currently being introduced between Drymen and Balmaha with much of it already in operation (look for the cycle signs to Balmaha). As mentioned the village is on the route of the National Number 7. You can read about cycling from Balloch to Drymen at the link below.
As well as the two hotels there are many B&B options in the village, along with a nearby campsite. Peak walking seasons can get very busy so it is worth booking in advance. If you’re walking along the West Highland Way you will find an honesty box on the route at Glenelva B&B, just as you leave the village.
Drymen in Bloom
The volunteers of Drymen in Bloom do an excellent job to keep the village looking beautiful.
Drymen is our base, it is a beautiful village to live, work and visit. Let us know about your visit in the comments section below. Thank-you for reading this guide.
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