Drymen is a Village 4 miles southeast of
Loch Lomond in Scotland, 18 miles north of
The Village is popular for its Hotels and
Inns as is ideally situated to explore the Loch
Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
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Camping & Touring Parks in
The image top is of Drymen Church of
Scotland, first building you see when entering
from the south, built in 1771 on the site of an
The Buchanan Arms Hotel
& Spa is also on the south side of the
Village, built from 1763 as an Inn.
The Main Street runs up from the Buchanan
Arms past a Cafe, Village Shop, and War
The Road to the east side of Loch Lomond is
at the War Memorial.
There are Boat Tours on Loch Lomond from
4 miles west, Conic Hill at Balmaha, a long
Beach 6 miles, and Ben Lomond
Mountain 11 miles.
At the Village Square there is the Ptarmigan Bar
Diner, part of the Winnock Hotel.
Next door is the Winnock Hotel, built in 1795.
This Hotel has been extended to the rear with a
more modern building, now with 73 rooms.
At the top of The Square is the Clachan Inn, a Bar Diner with Rooms,
operating since 1734, claimed to be the oldest
Licensed Pub in Scotland, once run by a sister
Roy MacGregor, the famous Scottish
By The Square is the Drymen Inn, with 6 Guest Rooms
and a Restaurant.
The Remains of Buchanan Castle
are about 1 mile southwest, on the road into
Buchanan Castle Golf Course. The Castle was
built in 1858 for James Graham, 4th Duke of
Montrose. The roof was removed in 1954 to avoid
paying Property Tax, as happened with a lot of
Historic Houses at that time in Scotland.
Buchanan Castle Golf
Club is about half of a mile past the
Castle, opened in 1936, owned by the Duke of
Club is also about 1 mile south of Drymen,
but on the east side of the Main Road, opened
Pulpit is a popular large Pool 3 miles
south of Drymen on the Carnock Burn, although
there is limited car parking in the area.
The east side of Loch Lomond is more remote
than the west side, with the road running up
through Balmaha, where Conic Hill is situated,
and ending at the Rowardennan Hotel and
Lomond Mountain 11 miles northwest, where
there is also Water Sports.
It is about a 9 mile drive round to the west
side of Loch Lomond from Drymen with Loch
Lomond Shores being the first Main
Attraction on that side
Katrine is 17 miles northeast, popular for
Boat Trips and its Cycle Lane around the
1100s? - there was a motte-and-bailey Castle
where the Village of Drymen is today, little
Clan Buchanan became the main Clan in the
area around Drymen.
1600s - Clan Buchanan sold their land and
Old House to Clan Graham.
1671 - Rob Roy MacGregor was born at Loch
Katrine 17 miles northeast of Drymen, becoming
a Cattle Drover, Jacobite Soldier, and famous
1700s & 1800s - Drymen was used as a
stopover when Drovers were taking Cattle down
from the Highlands to central Scotland
1734 - the Clachan Inn was opened, thought
to be the first licensed pub in Scotland, with
the first licensee of the Inn claimed to have
been Mistress Gow, sister of Rob Roy
1763 - the Buchanan Arms Hotel was opened as
1771 - Drymen Church was completed on the
site of an earlier Church.
1795 - the Winnock Hotel was opened.
1858 - Buchanan Castle
/ House was built about 1 mile southwest of
Drymen for James Graham, 4th Duke of Montrose.
More a Mansion with some Castle features.
1901 - Strathendrick Golf Club was opened
about 1 mile south of Drymen.
1925 - the Graham's sold Buchanan Castle
with it serving as a Hotel for a short
1936 - Buchanan Castle Golf Club was opened
on the Grounds of Buchanan Castle.
1940s - Buchanan Castle was used as a
Hospital during World War Two.
1941 - the German senior officer Rudolf Hess
was held at Buchanan Castle. Hess had been on a
secrete mission to the UK when his Aircraft ran
out of fuel and he was injured parachuting
1954 - the roof of Buchanan Castle was
removed to avoid paying Property Tax.
1980 - the West Highland Way
walking route between Milngavie at north
Glasgow and Fort William was opened, covering
154 km /96 miles, with the first or last
stopover being at Drymen.