I found it difficult to get a good photograph of Drymen. That possibly
says more about me as a photographer than the photogenic qualities of
Drymen, in that I'm probably not very good at photography. But there's
not a great deal to the place. In fact about all Drymen has is a few
buildings - cafes, inns and hotels - gathered around a square, one
that is not very square
at all (I measured it!). My gut feeling is that the village needs a
focal point, maybe a bit of sculpture or a statue or something placed
right in the middle of the-square-that-is-not-square.
The thing about Drymen is that it sits on two long-distance walking
trails: the West Highland Way and the Rob Roy Way. In fact, the Rob Roy
Way starts at Drymen, and I feel a statue of Rob Roy MacGregor right in
the village's square would be exactly what is required to gee the place
up. It would, of course, have to be a good statue. We've had some pretty
naff statues of famous Scottish men in recent times: a Mel Gibsonish
William Wallace near Stirling and a Rob Roy MacGregor in Stirling
itself. The latter has Rob Roy with such long arms that he looks like a
hominid who has only partially moved up the evolutionary tree and
emerged with a few small ape-like defects.
And as well as being the start of the Rob Roy Way, Drymen is a haven for
those finishing Day One of a trek from Milngavie on the West Highland
Way; a place to eat and drink and sleep and rest and strive for a good
photo of a rather nice little place.