The Campsies

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http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/drymen/drymen/Journeying south from Loch Lomondside on the A82, take a rewarding diversion into Dumbarton town centre to visit the Denny Tank Museum and DUMBARTON CASTLE with its superb views up and down the River Clyde, rejoining the A82 afterwards as if heading toward Glasgow city centre.

After passing exits for the Erskine Bridge, look for the A810 soon after on the left, signposted to Duntocher, Bearsden and Milngavie. Continue on the A810 until Bearsden where you will be looking for the A81, signposted to the picturesque villages of BLANEFIELD, KILLEARN and BALFRON.
En route, one should plan to enjoy a visit to MUGDOCK COUNTRY PARK followed by GLENGOYNE DISTILLERY. (In spring or autumn, it is also worth an excursion to POTS OF GARTNESS to watch the salmon leap). From MUGDOCK COUNTRY PARK, one might also take the A891 and B822 to Culcreuch Castle (now a Hotel & Country Park) situated in the village of FINTRY in the heart of the Campsies. Continuing on the B822 brings the traveller to the A811 for a scenic return to Loch Lomond (views across the Forth valley to the hills of the Highland Fault Line) to DRYMEN and Balloch.

East Loch Lomond

From the A82, follow signs for Balloch and the A811. Continue on the A811, passing through the village of Gartocharn, to a T junction just before the curved stone bridge over the ENDRICK WATER. A left turn at the junction, following the A811, and a second left turn soon after the road curves upward brings the traveller to the attractive village of Drymen. From here, one can take the B837 to BALMAHA and east Loch Lomond. This road continues on a single track which winds its way along the scenic east shore of the Loch to ROWARDENNAN where you can then climb BEN LOMOND!

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