“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.