Moving on from Balmaha the next village down ( 10 miles from lodge) is Drymen.

All the main roads through the Campsie Fells meet here and Drymen is an extremely popular visitor destination.

The village has a pretty little 18th century parish church and is the start of the Rob Roy Way, unofficial long distance footpath to Pitlochry, and the West Highland Way, reaching from Milngavie to Fort William.

Remarkably central, yet very much nestling in the stunning Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Being less than 30 minutes drive from Glasgow makes it a superb city getaway and weekend break destination.

There are 5 eating places in Drymen.

Drymen Inn :  01360660123

Clachan Inn :  01360660824

Winnock Hotel :  01360660245

Buchannan Arms Hotel :  01360660588

Skoosh Café :  01360661212

The Buchannan arms hotel also has a swimming pool and leisure club       which you can enjoy by purchasing a daily membership – at £9.00 per adult and £5.00 per child. Family memberships also available.

Their recently refurbished facilities include:

  • 14 x 8m heated swimming pool
  • Spa bath
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Fitness studio with a full programme of classes
  • Squash court (limited times only, equipment not included)
  • Gym with  cardio-vascular and resistance equipment
  • Personal fitness planning and one-to-one training
  • Modern changing rooms with high-pressure showers
  • Modern Pool bistro area with drinks and snacks served all day

If you prefer to take thinks easy you can relax in the Haven spa where you can choose from various treatments .

If you are more adventurous you can try  Action Adventure Activities

at Gartmore, for Archery, Abseiling, Off road driving, Kayaking, Pistol Shooting  Family Activities etc.

There are many other activities nearby a few of which are listed below :