Drymen (Pronounced "Dri - men") The Gaelic name for the town is Dromainn, meaning ‘ridge’ or ‘high ground’
The village of Drymen is located on the south east shores of Loch Lomond, 12 miles west of Milngavie and is the second point on the West Highland Way route. Drymen lies within an extrmemly historical and important geographical area. It also lies within Scotland's first National Park.
Drymen itself dates back to the middle ages and was once a stronghold of one of the most powerful families in Scotland - the Grahams. The Grahams of Montrose bought nearby Buchanan Castle in the 1640s and they also invested a lot of money into developing Drymen town. The Grahams famously went head to head with local hooligan Rob Roy MacGregor.
The area was made famous by author Sir Walter Scott who wrote about the Trossachs area with novels such as Rob Roy & Lady of the Lake in the early 19th century. Subsequently the Trossachs became one of Britian's first tourist destinations as people wanted to see for themselves the beautiful countryside which Scott described in these stories.
So if you have a few days in Drymen, take some time to explore the many quirky village shops, restaurants, and pubs. (The Clachan Inn claims to be the oldest in Scotland). Enjoy the peaceful surroundings with many walking and outdoor activities,or wander along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. The Trossachs is right on Drymen’s doorstep making it an ideal base to explore the area. You will be spoilt for choice of things to do and beautiful places to see.
How to get there
Drymen is not on a railway line, but you can still take the train to the nearby town Balloch. There are regular bus links to Drymen from there.
Rail and Bus:
Rail From Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch
Journey Time: 40 mins- First Scotrail operates a half hourly train service from Glasgow Queen Street
Bus from Balloch to Drymen
Bus: No. 309 or 509 Journey Time: 14 mins.
Bus from Glasgow to Drymen
Bus : No.8 (Glasgow to Balfron via Drymen) leaving from Buchannan Bus station,
Follow the A81 to Milngavie and then follow signs for Drymen
Strathendrick Golf Club
Buchanan Castle Golf Club