Welcome to the Drymen and District Local History Society's website. Set up a bookmark and watch our developments!

Drymen is a small village in the west of Scotland forming the gateway to east Loch Lomond. Our Society was established on 7 October 1982 amid dark predictions from sceptical local worthies that it would not last! However, we are still here, with a good membership, and our programme for winter programme for 2014/15 is arranged. Details of the programme can be found by following the "Winter Programme" link.

We invite those of you within reach to join us at our meetings in the coming season on the fourth Thursday of each month in Drymen Village Hall. Meetings are open to non-members (at a cost of £2.00 per meeting) but we hope you will want to join the Society and get in free. Subscription is £5.00 for a full year starting in September. A map showing the location of the Village Hall can be obtained by clicking here. Do return to our site after looking at the map!

The aims and activities of the Society include :-

  1. Organising a regular series of winter lectures on topics of historical interest with particular emphasis on the Drymen area.
  2. The collection of historical material including books, maps and photographs relating to Drymen and the immediate area, to be kept in Drymen Library in a special collection.
  3. To carry out research on topics relevant to the history of Drymen and district and to prepare reports to be included in the above collection.
  4. To undertake an oral history programme based on interviewing older members of the community.
  5. The long term aim of publishing a booklet on local history.

In most recent years we have organised summer trips to sites of historical interest in the area. In 2002 we visited a number of the local Brochs led by Irwin Campbell whose practical knowledge of dry stone construction was invaluable. In 2003 we visited a number of abandoned settlements on Forest Enterprise land recently revealed by tree felling work. Our 2004 trip looked at much older history - the last ice age in the area and the associated classic geomorphology interpreted for us by David Evans. In 2006 Irwin Campbell was again be our guide when we visited Scotland's newest Broch in Strathyre. Irwin, who was the inspiration behind the project, explained the methods he used to construct the part Broch. The 2007 trip was to the Crannog Centre at Loch Tay. In addition to seeing the crannog reconstruction we had a facinating talk on the archaeology of Loch Tay crannogs and demonstrations of various iron age skills. In 2008 we had a conducted tour round our local distillery at Dumgoyne, the most southerly highland malt distillery. 2010 saw us visit Quarrier's Village as a follow up to Anna Magnusson's talk on the subject in November 2009. A large group visited Stirling Castle in June 2011 to see the newly restored Royal Apartments and the tapestry workshop.

An archive has been established in Drymen library and is continually expanding and we now have a comprehensive index which is available in the library or by following this link. Contents include a number of papers prepared by members in accordance with point 3 above. The Society is willing to assist others in historical research work related to the Drymen district (time permitting!!) and in particular in giving access to the archive material where practicable.

In 2000 the Society produced "A Millennium Account of Drymen & District". A series of 11 papers by a number of different authors on various aspects of the history of Drymen and the surrounding district. The book, running to over 160 pages in A4 format with a card cover, is available for £9 from committee members or from Drymen Library. More details are available on the "Millennium Project" page.

New Papers

As a continuation of the Millennium Project the Society intended to publish further papers on new subjects. Eight such papers have now been produced. Details of all are available on the "Millennium Project" page.

The papers are available from the Drymen Library (or from the Society) at a cost of £2 to £4 per copy.