The Square, Drymen
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Drymen (//; from Scottish Gaelic: Druiminn [ˈt̪ɾɯmɪɲ]) is a village in Stirling district in central Scotland. Drymen lies to the west of the Campsie Fells and enjoys views to Dumgoyne on the east and to Loch Lomond on the west. The Queen Elizabeth Forest reaches down to the village edge, and the whole area is part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (the first National Park in Scotland). The population at the 2011 census was 820.
It is often used as an overnight stop for hikers on the West Highland Way, and forms the western end of the Rob Roy Way. There are a couple of pubs and a walkers' shop. The Clachan pub claims to be the oldest pub in Scotland and to have a connection with the family of Rob Roy.
Despite the growth in the numbers of villagers commuting to Glasgow to work, there remains an agricultural tradition in the area. Every year, in early summer, an agricultural show is held in the fields around the Endrick Water.
The Scottish family name Drummond is derived from the Scottish Gaelic form of the village's name.
One mile from Drymen is the ruins of the country house Buchanan Castle, owned by the Duke of Montrose, which was also used as a hospital in World War II which housed Nazi senior officer Rudolf Hess. At one time the estate was also home to the seat of Clan Graham.
- Billy Connolly
- James Liddell, father of Eric Liddell, Olympic champion sprinter and subject of Chariots of Fire
- The Rev Scott J Brown CBE, former Chaplain of the Fleet, Royal Navy, bought a house in the village in 2012.
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