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Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen

Drymen, By Loch Lomond, G63 0BQ, UK
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  • Private Car Park
    Private Car Park
  • Pets Allowed
    Pets Allowed
  • Leisure with pool
    Leisure with pool
  • WiFi (Public Spaces)
    WiFi (Public Spaces)
  • Gym
  • Golf in Local Area
    Golf in Local Area

With its new management team, the Buchanan Arms Hotel, has seen significant improvements in the guest experience. Buchanan Arms is a great base to explore the Loch Lomond area, located in the conservation village of Drymen.

Pamela LowReservations Supervisor,
Rooms & Facilities
Facilities: swipe to see more
  • Private Car Park
    Private Car Park
  • Pets Allowed
    Pets Allowed
  • Leisure with pool
    Leisure with pool
  • WiFi (Public Spaces)
    WiFi (Public Spaces)
  • Gym
  • Golf in Local Area
    Golf in Local Area

Number of Bedrooms: 52

Parking Spaces: 60

Steps into Hotel: 3

Check In Time: 3pm

Check Out Time: 11am

The Buchanan Arms Hotel in Drymen has been one of the main hotels in the Loch Lomond area for well over 100 years. A former coaching inn standing in the heart of the picturesque conservation village of Drymen. The Buchanan Arms Hotel really absorbs the ambience of the beautiful surrounding countryside and nearby Loch Lomond, which is 4 miles away.  There is whole host of things to see and do in this area. You can cruise on Loch Lomond, walk part of the West Highland Way or tour the Trossachs. It's a great area for cycling too. Glasgow and Stirling are only 30 minutes away. 

The Buchanan Arms 52 bedrooms  are individually decorated, and of late many rooms have been refurbished (2019). This contemporary comfort is very much in keeping with the styling of the hotel.

As you might expect of a hotel so blessed in its setting, fresh local produce is the speciality here at this Loch Lomond hotel. Menus offer an interesting choice of traditional Scottish mixed with a few International favourites. All are chosen and carefully prepared by the skilled team of chefs. The chefs also prepare special dishes daily.

Guests have free use of  Buchanan Arms extensive leisure facilities.  Or you can book a spa treatment in advance.

The Buchanan Arms Hotel in Drymen offers great late deals and special offers on short breaks throughout the year.



tick TV
tick Tea/Coffee
tick Iron/Board
tick Toiletries
tick Hairdryer
tick Telephone
tick Cots Supplied
tick Family Room for 5
tick Family Room for 3
tick Family Room for 4

All of the bedrooms at the Buchanan Arms Hotel have full ensuite amenities with baths and showers, complimentary toiletries, trouser press and hair dryer. There are also tea and coffee facilities in every room to make that relaxing “cuppa”.

Your windows to the world - not only will you have some great views across the local landscapes - but direct dial telephones and televisions can keep you in touch with the wider world should you choose.

The Buchanan Arms Hotel can arrange anything for you in your room, by prior request, from a lovely bottle of rose or sparkling champagne to enjoy on arrival, to chocolates and fresh flowers for the romantics.

The hotel also has the option to upgrade your room to the following (additional supplements charged)

Superior/Executive Room
Extra large rooms for additional space
Superior natural oak furniture and stylish soft furnishings
King or queen sized double bed
Large comfortable seating or sofa area

Master Room (On Request as there is only 2 of this room type)
In additional to the above:
Highest standard of furniture and soft furnishings
Extra large LCD televisions
Separate seating area
Some have chaise longues or leather suites
Super king-size beds 7.2 ft wide with feature headboards
Luxury bathrooms

Family Rooms
Rooms for Families at the Buchanan Arms Hotel have either a Double Bed or Twin Beds plus a Sofa Bed. If you are looking to book for 2 adults and 2 children, the children would be shareing the Sofa Bed.

Buchanan Arms Hotel can accommodate Families with 2 adults and 3 children however these rooms are limited so we advise to contact our reservations team prior to booking.

Bar & Restaurant

Be it an informal light meal in the Lounge or an evening meal in the Salmon Leap restaurant you can be assured of the best quality food and fine wines will be served by the Buchanan Arms Hotel. All this in relaxed surroundings with an unmistakable Scottish character and feel.

There is live entertainment in the hotel every Saturday night. 

Breakfast is served Mon - Fri 7.30am – 9.30am and Sat/Sun 8.00am - 10.00am
Lunch and snacks served 12noon – 6.00pm
Dinner is served 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Sample Dinner Menu

In the Buchanan Arms Hotel bar you can drown yourself in the extensive ‘whisky embassy’ and let the team take you on a liquid tour of Scotland. With over 40 malts to choose from, you are guaranteed not to be disappointed.

The warm and welcoming bar extends to the lounge and conservatory lounge. The lounges are beautifully light spacious, with large comfortable sofas. Sit down, relax and enjoy the soothing music and great laughs. Friendly hassle free service, a real welcome, keeps you together and serves great drinks.

It’s great too for a relaxing lunchtime beer or coffee and popular with students and local professionals alike.


tick Fitness Suite
tick Sauna
tick Steam Room
tick Relaxation Area
tick Indoor Heated Swimming Pool
tick Poolside Terrace
tick Spa Bath
tick Aerobics Suite
tick Squash Court

The Buchanan Club is one of the area's leading venues for a holistic lifestyle, providing both active and relaxing pursuits to help combat the stresses of modern life.  A full list of spa treatments is available at the Buchanan Arms and advise be booked in advance of your stay.

The Club is open daily from 7am to 10.00pm with the exception of a Saturday when it closes at 9.00pm. The recently refurbished facilities include:

Full changing facilities
14m pool
Spa pool
Squash courts
Steam room
Aerobics classes
Circuit classes
Yoga classes
Water aerobics

The club has excellent ladies and gents changing rooms with high-pressure showers, lockers and other facilities. They are furnished in a modern style to provide an invigorating atmosphere after a strenuous workout, ready to revitalise you before you return to the outside world. The club as well as other necessary toiletries provide for towels.

Whatever you choose to do, the fully trained staff is there to take care of you.

Location & Directions

Directions to Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen

From Glasgow centre (17 miles approx)
Take the signposts to Aberfoyle A81:

From Glasgow Airport (distance 25 miles)
Take the M8 to Glasgow, follow exit signs to Clyde Tunnel and then keep to the signs to Aberfoyle A81:

Then - At the Bearsden Cross round about take the A809 to Drymen, which is signposted from then onwards

Rush Hour Alternative - take the M8 to Greenock and follow signposts to Erskine Bridge. After crossing the bridge take the A82 to Loch Lomond. Close to reaching Loch Lomond follow the signs to Balloch, which will take you on the A811.

From Stirling (Distance 23 miles)
Follow signposts to Loch Lomond and A811:

From Edinburgh (Distance approx 55 miles)
Leave Edinburgh on the M9 to Stirling and take exit 10 following the tourist route signs to: Loch Lomond, this will take you to the A811:

Then - you find Drymen along this road, signposted after approximately 15 miles

Notice Board

Hotel Notice Board

The hotel is unable to accommodate guest who require rooms with disabled accessibility

Family Accommodation
Please note that the rates quoted do not include children. These will be applied on arrival at the hotel and are follows: Children 3 - 10 years : £10 per child per night BB, pay for all other meals as taken The only rooms suitable for families are the Superior Room with Sofa Bed or the Superior Family Room for 3. When booking for 3 adults the price quoted will only be for 2 people. The 3rd adult would be charged for at the hotel. Entertainment - Please be aware that the hotel bar usually hosts live music every Friday and Saturday. Pet friendly rooms are available for £10 per night.

Leisure & Spa Facilities
The leisure and spa are now run independently from the hotel where there is normally a charge to use this facility. We have managed to negotiate with the hotel so that myhotebreak customers will not need to pay this additional fee.

Things to See and Do
tick Walking
tick Fishing
tick Golf in Local Area
tick Wildlife Watching
tick Water Sports

Assault course to sailing on Loch Lomond, fishing, cycling and golf. It is great walking country too with the West Highland Way passing the hotel.

Drymen is also only approx 9 miles from Loch Lomond Shores, which is a gateway to Scotland’s first National Park. It is one of Scotland’s most spectacular visitor destinations, combining the beautiful environment with an outstanding mixture of leisure and shopping experiences overlooking the majesty of Loch Lomond at Balloch - making the Buchanan Arms Hotel great for leisure breaks. Here are a few to have a look at.

If you fancy a walk then there is a wonderful walk at Connic Hill, Balmaha. It is a hill walk on paths. It takes about an hour each way and the views over Loch Lomond is well worth the hike.  At the bottom, The Oak Tree Inn is a great place for a well earned drink and good pub grub.

Sweeneys Cruises

Climb Ben Lomond


Loch Lomond SeaPlanes

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