One thing is certain, there’s no excuse to get bored when you are staying at Green Shadows – there is simply so much to see and do. Being right in the heart of the Loch Lomond National Park, you can enjoy the many great walks in the area including the West Highland Way and Rob Roy Walk. Ben Lomond, Conic Hill and The Cobbler are all close by. If you are a golfer, there are many fine courses within a very short drive. Fishing is available at Loch Lomond and The Lake of Montieth and there are also some fine lochs and rivers to try for salmon or trout. Cycles can be hired in the village and you can enjoy many of the fine cycle tracks crisscrossing the National Park. Horse riding is available on our doorstep here at Buchanan and clay pigeon shooting can also be arranged nearby. You can also take in the glorious scenery of Loch Lomond by taking the post boat from Balmaha boatyard. There is also plenty to occupy those who prefer more sedate pastimes. There are nearby distilleries – Glengoyne Distillery is only 3 miles away – where you can see how malt whisky is made and maybe enjoy a taste? Castles and lochs are all within easy reach of our house, including Buchanan Castle and Balloch Castle. Stirling Castle is also only 30 minutes away.
“The Hill House” museum, devoted to Charles Rennie Mackintosh is also close by, where you can appreciate one of Scotlands best-known architects. In the village of Drymen itself, you’ll discover a range of great pubs (including Scotland’s oldest, The Clachan established in 1734) and restaurants, art galleries and craft shops as well as the local general stores and post office. Or if retail therapy is your thing, take the short 35 minute trip to Glasgow (famous as the UK’s second shopping city – only London can beat it) for fabulous designer shops and malls. A BIT ABOUT BUCHANAN CASTLE Buchanan Castle was built by the 4th Duke of Montrose after the original. Buchanan House was destroyed by fire in 1852. The Duke commissioned William Burn to design a new home on higher ground. The castle was completed in 1855. After the death of the 5th Duke of Montrose in 1925, the Castle was sold to the Grahams. It was used as a hotel for a short time in the 1930s and was used as a military hospital during the second world war. It’s probably best known for having Rudolph Hess as a patient who was treated there for injuries sustained while parachuting into Scotland. It’s now a protected ruin lying amid the sedate grandeur of the secluded Buchanan.