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“Second stop on the West Highland Way”
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Drymen Camping
Oldham, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Second stop on the West Highland Way”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

I personally wouldn't stay here again. I decided my sleeping bag wasn't adequate to stay in a tent again so I payed £25 for a kacoon, believe me it wasn't worth it. Although comfortable, it had no heat and no light... The toilets weren't terrible which is a bonus. The shelter didn't really deliver either... I wouldn't stop here again!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Myself and a friend camped here for our first night walking the West Highland Way. The location was definitely interesting - right in the heart of farm land and next door to a horse paddock. This didn't bother us, however some people might not appreciate the smell or the noise of the cows during the night! If anyone has a fear of birds or dogs they may want to avoid this campsite as these lovely animals roam freely (keep your eye out, a sneaky hen had her beak in my bags!).

The campsite is a good mile and a bit outside Drymen where you can find pubs and hotels for a hot meal and a good drink.

The facillities provided were not brilliant, although I was glad that there was something at the end of the day. There are 2 shower blocks (one male and one female) and two seperate toilets in a converted barn. A poster in the shower cubical said the shower only worked on "eco" setting as the ".." setting was scalding. The eco setting was too cold so I turned the dial between the two settings and it was a perfect temperature!

There is also an outside water source in the form of a rusty sink and an extremely wobbly tap which sprays when turned on. We used the taps in the bathroom to use for cooking and to fill our camelbacks.

Overall, we had to qualms staying here as it was only for the one night although we thought the toilet/shower block could benefit from a lick of paint and the outside sink should be fixed!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2012

What a rotten way to start the West Highland Way adventure. Yes there is a couple of reasonable areas for a tent, but that is the last use of the word reasonable. On my recent visit, the one toilet in the Gents area was locked shut, of the two 'mixed' toilets one had no lock (how difficult is it to put a bolt on!!). I was told by a fellow camper that the ladies shower was next to useless and she had given up after being frozen and then scalded.
As for the indoor kitchen area, well even the nesting birds were looking a bit unhappy at the mess. Surely a daily wipe down and tidy up is not too much to ask - but then again, it obviously is.
Not worth £1 a night let alone £5. Felt so sorry for some international visitors who were starting out on the walk and who stayed the night - what must they have thought of Scottish standards.
Owners - get youselves up to Beinglas Farm campsite (amazing), or By the Way at Tyndrum (very well managed) or even Sallochy by Loch Lomondside (with it's composting toilets and outside sink - still miles ahead of Drymen Camping). If you can avoid staying then do - we noticed a campsite sign on a gatepost a couple of miles before Easter Drumquhassie Farm; you know what, it couldn't be worse.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Ashington, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Tipped up here by 2pm. No one around so retrieved my camping gear which had been transported to the location by Travel Lite (highly recommended) Small camping area and as was first on site had good choice of where to pitch. Ground a bit rough and sloping so decent bed roll is a must. Facilitys were basic and nesting swallows in food prep area resulted in droppings all over sink and tap. For £5 a NIGHT it served it's purpose. A good 1 1/2 miles into Dryman for a pint or two and good food in village pubs. If your camping you have no other choice as it is probably at least another 10 miles further to next camp site on The Way.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Prague, Czech Republic
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2012

This camp was our first stop on the WHW. We expected better space and facilities. At a cost of £ 10 (2 people and a tent) can get better accommodation, of course. Nevertheless, we got the basic service quality resonable for backpackers - Shelter for cooking, toilet and shower with hot water. Nothing more, nothing less. Places for tents are relatively few, in a gentle slope

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2011

first of all it took us ages to find, the postcode takes you to the village of drymen but the site isnt in drymen. The woman mentioned before was horrible she answered the door in her bath robe and was not welcoming at all . i had prebooked one of the camping pods after visiting their website as they looked very nice but i would n't have let my dog stay in it...
the door was hanging by one hinge and it was filthy. the facilities were in an old barn and looked very dirty. if you are back packing it may be ok but deffo not for a family.
you had to leave your vehicle around the corner and couldn't drive onto the site
many people have mentioned that you get what you pay for! but it was going to cost me £24 to stay there for me and my family the pod didnt have electricity and it is not child freindly we drove 10mins down the road and found a lovely site that only cost £26 a night including electric hook up, clean showers & toilets. Cleanliness and manners should be standard not an added bonus.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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glasgow
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52 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed at this campsite on the first night of our West Highland Way trip, and I really don't know where all the bad reviews are coming from! The facilities at the campsite were basic but adequate - what does anyone expect for £5 a night? Gavin who runs the campsite was charming, and the man & woman that run the nearby B&B were lovely- we got a great breakfast for £5 in there the next morning and the woman could not have been nicer. Perhaps people found her grumpy as they were bothering her about the campsite which isn't run by her? We spoke to some guys who had stayed in the wigwams at the campsite, and their only problem was that they were a bit warm through the night as the wigwam was heated! Don't be put off by the bad reviews - our stay was absolutely fine, and the breakfast set us up for the day nicely.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Drymen Camping
Address: Gartness Road | Easter Drumquhassle Farm, Drymen, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G63 0DN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Drymen
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Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Drymen
Number of rooms: 32
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Drymen Camping Scotland

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