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ordnance survey map of the Croftamie-Drymen cycle route

Croftamie – Gartocharn – Drymen

This slightly longer route takes in beautiful views of the hills all around us: the Arrochar Alps, Conic Hill, Ben Lomond and the Campsies.

Type Cycling
Distance24km / 15 miles
Time2 hours approx. plus breaks
TerrainMostly side roads and cycle tracks; short sections of main road and trail.

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Path description

  • The route starts and finishes at the Buchanan Monument in Killearn
  • Directions can be followed in reverse order, if preferred.
  • Photos are courtesy of Kay Roxby
  1. Section 1. 

    Depart from the Monument (*1) in the Balfron direction and take the first left down Station Road. Around the bend turn right into Gartness Road (signposted ‘Killearn Cemetery’) at Spittal Cottage (*2). Continue down past the Cemetery, the Green Cemetery and the Curling Pond at Drumore. Carefully cross the A81 main road and proceed through Gartness, joining the route of the West Highland Way and up the hill the other side. 

  2. Section 2.

    At approx. 4km, at Dalnair Farm (*3) the West Highland Way separates from the John Muir Way – both are on National Cycle Network Route 7 – take the left fork on the cycle track to Croftamie. At Croftamie, next to the old Drymen Station, cross the A809 main road and continue on Route 7. When the cycle track meets the next road turn right and at Tullycross (*4) take the left fork, still following Route 7 and the John Muir Way.

  3. Section 3.

    After 9km, at Finnery Cottage, (*5) Route 7 and the John Muir Way turn sharp left; leave them at this point, continuing straight on with Duncryne, ‘The Dumpling’, ahead of you. After only 100m turn right and descend down past Blackford Farm, with lovely views of Conic Hill and Ben Lomond. At 11.5km reach the A811 to Balloch (*6).  Turn right and – taking care on the busy main road – after 800km turn off to the left through large stone gates (marked ‘Residents only’) (*7).

  4. Section 4.

    Proceed along the trail for 1km and cross the metal bridge over Endrick Water and continue to the back of Buchanan Castle Golf Club. On reaching the Golf Club buildings (approx. 15km) turn right through the car park. At the entrance to the Golf Club turn right again, signposted ‘Drymen and the Main Road’. [At the next junction – optional minor detour to view the ruins of Buchanan Castle.] After 16.25km, on the outskirts of the Buchanan Castle Estate, take a left turn (*8) re-joining the Route 7 cycle path, up the hill past the Lomondside Stud and Equestrian Centre. 

  5. Section 5.

    When the path descends steeply to meet Main Street in Drymen (*9) turn left up past the Buchanan Arms. In the village centre, turn right onto the Gartness Road; proceed up the slope, across the by-pass and towards Gartness, still on Route 7; rejoining the West Highland Way after a few hundred metres. Continue up past the dis-used quarry on the right with glorious views of the Campsies to the left. After 20km leave Route 7, back at Dalnair Farm, and continue on to Gartness and Killearn (24 km; 15 miles).