The Square, Drymen, showing The Winnock Hotel in 2013
Drymen Church, dating to 1771
West Highland Way waymarker between Drymen and Balmaha
Drymen
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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.
THE SQUARE, DRYMEN
DRYMEN CHURCH
WEST HIGHLAND WAY SIGN
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How to
GET THERE

You can get a bus to Drymen from Milngavie or Balloch, both of which have railway stations connected to Glasgow.
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