County (pre 1975): Stirlingshire; Region/District (1975-1996): Central/Stirling; Unitary Authority: Stirling
Drymen is a village in Stirling district in central Scotland. It lies to the west of the Campsie Fells and enjoys views to Dumgoyne on the east and to Loch Lomond on the west.The Queen Elizabeth Forest reaches down to the village edge, and the whole area is part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (the first National Park in Scotland).
Steeped in history
Centuries ago, Drymen was a collecting point and market place for cattle raised in the highlands on route for the major meat market at Smithfield London. The Endrick river which flows nearby and into Loch Lomond was the lowest crossing point for the driven cattle. The most famous drover of all, RobRoy MacGregor took 6-8 weeks to take the cattle to London covering around 18-20 miles in a day.
In 1669, the Scottish Parliament authorised a weekly market in Drymen and two annual cattle fairs in May and October.
There remains a strong agricultural tradition in the area. Every year, in May, an agricultural show, known as the Drymen Show, is held in the fields around the Endrick Water.
Nowadays the village is popular with tourists and walkers trekking the famous West Highland Way and the aptly named RobRoy way. Drymen is the traditional first stop on The West Highland Way 95 miles which begins in Milngavie and ends in Fort William. The Rob Roy Way starts at the doorstep of The Clachan Inn and finishes in Pitlochry approximately 92 miles away.
Buchanan Castle is situated west of the village. The building is still standing but in poor condition. It was used as a hospital during the Second World War - one of the patients there was Rudolf Hess. The roof was removed after the war, and the building fell into disrepair.
The Scottish family name Drummond is derived from an old form of the village's name.
The Oldest Pub in Scotland
The Clachan Inn, established in 1734 is reputed to be the oldest licensed premises in Scotland and is worth a visit when you are in the village, especially after a hard day on the West Highland Way.
Accommodation in Drymen
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