Drymen Camping

UK Scotland Central Scotland Stirlingshire

  • Dogs welcome
Prime base for exploring the West Highland Way, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

The sense of relief is writ large on the faces of the campers plotting up at Drymen Camping, grateful as they are for a scenic setting to pitch up for the night. For you see, this Stirlingshire spot is virtually an obligatory stopping point for walkers on the epic West Highland Way. Running directly past the campsite, the West Highland Way is Scotland’s most famous long-distance walk. You can usually tell which way walkers have come, as those heading north from Glasgow will be nursing just a few first-day blisters and twinges, while those staggering in from the north will have a catalogue of aches and pains after trekking all the way from Fort William.

The tranquil site is spread across a grassy, tree-dotted field, with expansive views of the rolling fields surrounding. The site itself offers a few basic creature comforts – there’s a facilities block with hot, walk-in showers and proper loos, while a communal shelter doubles as a place to prepare food and wash your dishes. For guests who’d rather forego pitching-up tents, the quartet of glamping pods – a pair of kocoons and geopods each sleeping up to two guests – are the natural choice for those wanting to walk the West Highland Way unencumbered by all the kit and caboodle.

Walkers and cyclists are truly spoiled for choice here. The campsite lies directly on the West Highland Way and National Cycle Route 7 (that’s the John O’Groats to Land’s End stretch), while the Rob Roy Way and John Muir Way are both eminently reachable from site. And even for those not enthused by long walks, a quick stroll on the WHW is practically compulsory round these parts. An easy option is to trek just a mile north up the road to the small town of Drymen, where a sprinkling of welcoming pubs brighten up the main square.

The campsite also lies within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park – 720 square miles of spectacular burns, corbetts, lochans and munros to explore. If you haven’t had your fill of natural wonders, seek out Garadhban Forest or the Pots of Gartness where you can watch salmon leaping upstream. Or you may recognise the nearby Devil’s Pulpit – a rocky limestone outcrop protruding from the blood waters of Finnich Glen said to be a where Old Nick addressed his minions – from TV’s Outlander.

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Facilities

Facilities block with hot walk-in showers and toilets. There’s a small communal sheltered area where campers can prepare food and wash dishes. Free mobile charging point provided. Picnic benches available throughout the site. Campfires are not permitted in the main campsite but off-ground BBQs are allowed – BBQ stands can be provided if required. Geopod guests are provided with a private firepit, sheltered picnic bench and camping chairs.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers and well-behaved dogs on leads – yes. A small number of campervans are permitted in the car park (no electric hook-up or water provided).

Nearby

Drymen Camping lies within the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park (01389 722600). There are countless scenic walks suit all ages and abilities. If it rains, the Loch Lomond Shores complex (01389 751031) is filled with shops and eateries, plus Sea Life Loch Lomond (01389 721500). The campsite is located directly on the West Highland Way and is generally considered the first night’s stop on the route (all WHW baggage transfer companies deliver and pick-up from the campsite). The Rob Roy Way also starts from Drymen and the campsite lies beside the cycle route of the John Muir Way and National Cycle Route 7 – the latter forms part of the iconic Lands End to John O’Groats route. If you’re travelling by campervan, the campsite provides a decent base for the onward journey to the Isle of Skye or the North Coast 500. For whisky lovers, Glengoyne Distillery (01360 550254) is 10 mins away by car and Glasgow is less than an hour away.

Food & Drink

The historic Clachan Inn (01360 660824) in Drymen, dating back to 1734, is just less than 2 miles away and serves up reliable pub grub and an enviable array of Scottish whiskies. Just 5 mins drive away, The Drymen Inn (01360 660123) boasts hearty fayre and popular live music and quiz nights. The Winnock Hotel (01360 660245) specialises in sophisticated interpretations of the best local produce such as king scallops and cullen skink. The Salmon Leap Restaurant at The Buchanan Arms Hotel (01360 660588) is – despite its name – the place to go for a steak. In Killearn The Old Mill (01360 550068) is a popular choice with its own kitchen garden and an atmospheric yurt for candlelit dining, while the award-winning Three Sisters Bake (0333 344 7344) is famous for cakes. For a family-friendly option, look no further than The Beach Tree (01360 550297) in Dumgoyne. Kids eat for free and there’s a petting zoo home to friendly Shetland ponies, pygmy goats and a whole menagerie of furry friends.

Opening Times

April – end of October. 

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Accommodation

30 grass tents pitches plus 2 kocoons & 2 geopods (each sleeping up to 2 guests)

Kocoons

Quirky Sleeps 2 2 Available
The Kocoons can sleep two people in single beds with pillows but please bring bedding with you. We have hot walk-in showers as well as a communal sheltered area so you can prepare food and wash dishes.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 30 Available
Guests staying at our site have free use of our facilities such as toilets and shower block with hot walk-in showers. We have also built a communal sheltered area so you can prepare food and wash dishes.

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Location

Contact Drymen Camping, Gartness Road, Drymen, By Loch Lomond, Stirlingshire G63 0DN

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Getting There

The campsite is a 30-minute drive from Stirling. Take the A811 west for 20 miles and then look out for a turning towards Gartness. The site is along the old Gartness Road and is signposted.

There is no direct public transport to the site, though trains run from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch Railway Station from where you can connect with the 309, run buy Garelochead Minibuses & Coaches (01436 810200) to Drymen village square.

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