In this guide we explore some excellent things to do in Drymen.
Drymen is a beautiful little village in Stirling, Central Scotland. It’s part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park – the oldest National Park in Scotland.
From here you can take in the stunning views of Dumgoyne to the East and of the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to the West.
There’s lots to cover so let’s jump right into all the great things to do in Drymen. This guide has all you need to know!
Top Things to Do in Drymen
There’s lots to things to do in Drymen, a conveniently located, charming village. You will especially love Drymen if you have a special place in your heart for the great outdoors.
There’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re not quite sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our list of the top things to do in Drymen below.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
This magnificent national park is one of the first two established by the Scottish Parliament in 2002.
Here you will find an abundance of wildlife and sensational scenery. The park offers many looming mountains and fresh clear lochs which you can explore and stop for a picture.
This park is the fourth largest in the British Isles, boasting 21 Munro’s and 20 Corbett’s.
If you love all things nature and want to get to the heart of central Scotland’s natural wonders, then make sure to explore here during your trip to Drymen.
The Devil’s Pulpit
Just a stone’s throw away from the calm little village of Dryden lies the Devil’s Pulpit. The otherworldly gorge offers a stunning location with a rather sinister reputation.
The name once referred specifically to the oddly shaped rock which sits above the surging red waters. Today most people recognised the whole of Finnish Gorge by this rather mysterious name.
This strange rock is said to be where the Devil would stand to address his followers.
Others cite it as the site of secret meetings. Even more know it as an execution block used by witches.
The whole place has an eerie vibe and the crimson waters make for an excellent photo opportunity.
It might because by sandstone – not by agents of the underworld – but it still looks pretty cool.
Descend the slippery Devil’s Steps into an ethereal, moss-covered rocky realm at your own peril.
Note: The walk down to the Devil’s Pulpit is very steep and the path can become quite muddy. Bring proper walking shoes with you. This probably isn’t suitable for anyone afraid of heights. The walk also suffers from ‘overexposure’ due to the popularity of the TV show Outlander. If there are no car parking spaces, save it for another day. DO NOT park on the grassy verge as this is extremely dangerous and selfish.
The River Endrick
History and modernity come together in Drymen.
The remains of a medieval motte can still be seen alongside the newer, modern bridge which carries the A811 across the River Endrick.
The River Endrick – or the Endrick water – spills into the Eastern End of Loch Lomond.
It is well worth taking the time to visit this lovely river for the views alone. Nature is abundant here, so be sure to take lots of pictures!
Hillwalkers will love this quick but stiff climb up to the top of the beautiful Conic Hill.
This 361m high hill is well-trodden and rewards its walkers with spectacular views.
To the South, see the mosaic of woodland and farms. Looking down from the summit you’ll see the glassy surface of Loch Lomond and its islands.
This is truly a no-pressure hike as well. From as early as a third of the way up the views begin to unfold, so no need to worry if you don’t reach the top.
View the route on Walkhighlands.
Walk Wild Scotland
Looking to take a walk amidst Scotland’s natural beauty, but not sure where to start? Wild Walk Scotland may be what you’re looking for.
They specialise in guided walking holiday, for groups up to eight people.
The guides are experienced, friendly and knowledgeable. Guides are well trained, capable of spotting wildlife and spinning a tale of the history of the landscape.
The tours are relaxed and versatile – suitable for absolutely everyone!
Portnellan Organic Farm
On the Southern shore of bonnie Loch Lomond sits the family-run, organic beef farm of Portnellan.
Over time the Scot-Park family have expanded, so they now offer lots of great activities!
Why not try your hand at glamping, or go on a speedboat tour. Make use of the kayak hire, paddle boat hire and boat moorings.
The tremendous locations give visitors’ breath-taking views of the loch and mountains.
If this sounds like your kind of thing, a visit here is highly recommended.
Lomondside Stud & Equestrian Centre
Just on the outskirts of Drymen is this wonderful Equestrian Centre, within the Buchanan Castle Estate.
Here they have the perfect locations for going off the beaten track for a hack, plus highly qualified tuition.
They offer a range of lessons for all levels and competitive prices.
So if you’re a horse lover visiting Dryden, make time for a visit to Lomondside Stud and Equestrian Centre.
TreeZone Loch Lomond
Only a 20-minute drive away from Drymen is this stellar aerial adventure course.
How about getting the very best view of Loch Lomond’s from a 65m zip line? Look out over the land while having fun up in the trees.
Lovers of adventure and adrenaline chasers will not want to miss out on this!
Great for stags and hens, corporate team building days out and, of course, perfect for a day out with the kids.
There are some age, height and weight restrictions so make sure to check that everyone in your party can participate.
Don’t miss out! It’s one of the most exhilarating things to do while visiting Drymen.
Drymen Red Bus – Day Tours
Looking to get an authentic experience of Scotland and have it organised for you? Then look no further.
There are lots of amazing things to do in Drymen, so having a bit of help to plan out where to go will be useful. After all, a personalised experience will see you get exactly what you want from your visit.
So what are you looking to see?
Beautiful landscapes and relics of Scotland’s proud history? How about guided walks, golf, secret places, local wildlife and whiskey sampling?
If that all sounds good to you then I recommend these flexible, well supported and wonderfully organised tours.
Who doesn’t love a spa day?
Loads of the great things to do in Drymen are focused on the epic natural landscape it enjoys. That’s all well and good, but sometimes you just need a bit of pampering.
Spa Persona benefits from fabulous views of Loch Lomond and is a tranquil and relaxing wellness experience.
Spend a calming afternoon enjoying any of their excellent treatments, therapies or packages.
Strathendrick Golf Club
Just a few minutes’ drive from Drymen sits Strathendrick Golf Club, where visitors are more than welcome.
Located inside of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, sensational views are a given. Top golfers know a lovely view makes for a good game.
This 9 hole undulating parkland course is both practical and beautiful. It is challenging, great value for money and immaculately maintained.
Come and challenge yourself to this amazing course while you take in the stunning sight of Ben Lomond and the picturesque Campsie Hills.
Calling all campers and glampers!
Drymen is such a pretty place to sleep under the stars. Luckily for everyone, here you’ll find facilities to suit both seasoned campers and comfort-loving glampers.
Bring your own tent along and set up in the campsite for a great price, or book ahead for groups of adults, scouts, schools etc.
For a more luxurious experience why not try out one of the two new Geopod’s arriving in 2020.
They each sleep two people, offering a double bed and access to a private outdoor picnic area. There’s also a fire pit due to arrive in March 2020!
Also available are two Kocoons which accommodate two people each, with single beds.
If this sounds like your kind of thing make sure to check availability and get booked – you’ll be glad you did.
Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium
If you’re looking for things to do in Drymen to keep the kids happy then definitely drop in here. This fantastic aquarium is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser the whole family will love.
Situated on the shores of Loch Lomond, they’re less than twenty minutes from Drymen.
Delve into this underwater wonderland with seven themed zones, including the Tropical Ocean Tunnel.
Get closer than ever before to the adorable friendly otter family and the beautiful Cow Nose Rays.
Gently touch the starfishes and other creatures that languish in the interactive rock pool.
There are informative talks, animal feeds, special events and plenty more!