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BEST WESTERN Buchanan Arms Hotel & Spa

22 Main Street, Drymen, Loch Lomond, G63 0BQ

Ratings & Awards

3 stars Hotels that are inspected by the AA for their level of service and facilities are reflected in the number of stars awarded.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (80 spaces)
  • Fishing
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Indoor Pool
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • WIFI
  • No Lift
  • 24hr service
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

Get in touch

08445 76 76 76
*local rate

near the BEST WESTERN Buchanan Arms Hotel & Spa, Drymen

Balloch (Loch Lomond) Highland Games

Held on the banks of Loch Lomond at Balloch Castle Country Park - one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland - the Balloch Loch Lomond Highland Games offer a slice of Highland life.

Available : Jul 2010 (annual)

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Escape the city to enjoy fresh air at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The 350km boundary encloses beautiful Scottish countryside - lochs, rivers, forests and dramatic hills - criss-crossed by footpaths, bridle paths and cycle tracks.

Available : Daily

Barclays Scottish Open

Beautiful Loch Lomond is the perfect stage for the world-class golfers who compete at the Scottish Open. Regarded as good preparation for the British Open, it attracts leading players on the European Tour and a host of US stars.

Available : Jul 2011 (annual)


Glasgow's Coloursfest has gained a loyal following and the event now fills the Braehead International Arena. Fifty DJs spinning tunes in six different arenas keep a crowd of 10,000 dancing until the wee small hours.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Braehead Shopping Centre

Braehead Shopping Centre is part of the largest privately funded waterside regeneration project in Scotland. It features a vast IKEA shopping complex as well as a shopping centre with all the high street favourites, plus restaurants and an entertainment complex.

Available : Daily

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are a haven of peace and tranquillity in the busy West End of Glasgow. The national collection of begonias resides here, as does Kibble Palace, a Victorian glasshouse filled with towering ferns and orchids.

Available : Daily

Starry Starry Night

For unique buys, vintage clothing store Starry Starry Night can be found in Glasgow's West End. Beaded gowns and 1920s dresses hang on the rails beside dinner suits and glamorous feather boas.

Available : Daily

Oran Mor

In a converted church at the top of Byres Road in the West End of Glasgow, Oran Mor offers a warm Scottish welcome. There's a selection of 250 malts in the Whisky Bar, and a celestial ceiling mural by artist and writer Alasdair Gray.

Available : Daily

Glasgow Warriors Rugby Season - Magners League

Rugby Union side Glasgow Warriors welcome Magners League teams to Firhill Stadium Stadium for the 2011/2012 season. Matches are generally played on Friday evenings - please visit the club's website for full details of all fixtures.

Available : Sep 2012 - May 2013; Fri, Sat, and Sun only (annual)

Ubiquitous Chip

This is the place to go for high-end dining in Glasgow's West End. The Ubiquitous Chip was at the forefront of serving locally sourced ingredients in the 1970s. Aberdeen Angus beef fillet, Haggis and stovies (a rustic Scots stew with meat and potatoes) all feature on the menu. Book a table in the courtyard garden, and finish with a drink in the Wee Pub.

Available : Daily


This Belgian bar is set in a former stable block down the cobbled mews of Ashton Lane in the West End. Named after singer Jacques Brel, it serves beers and mussels to a cool crowd, with live music in the conservatory.

Available : Daily

Two Fat Ladies

Two Fat Ladies (named after the bingo call for 88) squeezes between Byres Road and the Western Infirmary in the West End of Glasgow. The driftwood frontage, with ironwork fish scales announces that this is a seafood restaurant, although there are some meat dishes on offer. Well-heeled diners sample Ullapool smoked salmon and diver-caught scallops.

Available : Daily

Mackintosh House

Now part of the Hunterian Art Gallery, attached to Glasgow University, the Mackintosh House is a faithful reconstruction - with much from the original house - of the home at 78 Southpark Avenue (originally 6 Florentine Terrace) that Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald made for themselves between 1906 and 1914.

Available : Daily; not Sun

Hunterian Art Gallery

The Hunterian Art Gallery - the art collection wing of the wider William Hunter bequest to the University of Glasgow - is housed a short walk from the main museum, on the opposite side of University Avenue. Famous for its bequests of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and Charles Rennie Macintosh (1868-1928), it also has fine collections of Scottish Colourists as well as local artists, collectively known as the Glasgow Boys. The Museum is reopening in May 2007 after extensive renovations. However, the Art Gallery, Mackintosh House and Zoology Museum are all still open as usual.

Available : Daily; not Sun

Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum is Scotland's oldest museum. Its collections include Asante weights from Nigeria, coins, tokens and medals from Incan to Greek, Roman, Renaissance and Scottish sources, rare Scottish dinosaur fossils from Skye and collections of Egyptian and Roman antiquities.

Available : Daily; not Sun

The Left Bank

In the West End of Glasgow, the laid-back Left Bank serves the trendy local crowd with everything from hangover-busting breakfasts to main courses with Eastern influences. Think garlic masala fried fish, and aubergine boorani with chickpeas. Diners see all that's going on in the open-plan bar and kitchen.

Available : Daily

Timorous Beasties

The surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers from Timorous Beasties in the West End of Glasgow are eye-popping. The trend-setting designs from Glasgow School of Art graduates have been described as "William Morris on acid".

Available : Daily; not Sun

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

In Glasgow's West End, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is the biggest in Scotland. There's a vast natural history section, permanent exhibitions of the works of Glasgow designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and works by the Scottish Colourists.

Available : Daily

Mother India's Café

The tapas-style food on offer at Mother India's Cafe in the West End has an authentic home-cooked feel. The nan bread is pillow soft and the methi keema mutter deliciously fresh. Tables can't be booked and the queues often stretch out into the street. Nip in just before closing if you don't want to wait.

Available : Daily

Glasgow Mela

The O2 Glasgow Mela celebrates the city's multiculturalism with a day of music and dance from the Indian sub-continent. Set in beautiful Kelvingrove Park this is a lively and colourful day out, regardless of the Scottish weather.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

The Candle Store

Every colour and scent imaginable is available at The Candle Store in the South Side of Glasgow. From the company which supplied all the candles for Madonna's Scottish wedding, choose from travel-size tins to votives and chunky table settings. Look out for the bargain corner.

Available : Daily; not Sun

The Tall Ship at Riverside

The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour in the West End is a working lesson in the city's shipping history. Step back in time as you explore onboard, learning about how ships were run and trade conducted in the 19th century.

Available : Daily

Tenement House

The Tenement House in Glasgow's city centre is a step back in time. See how Glaswegians lived in the city at the turn of the 19th century, with gas lamps, box beds and coal fires. Photographs and memorabilia are also on display.

Available : Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)

Nice 'n' Sleazy

Don't be put off by the name. Nice'n'Sleazy is an intimate setting in Glasgow's city centre where new punk, indie and rock bands showcase their talents. The bar is open till 3am and there are frequent acoustic sessions.

Available : Daily


Garage is a lively mainstream venue in Glasgow's city centre. Popular with a chart-loving young crowd, it has huge dancefloors and occasionally features live bands. Request nights and weekend hootenannies are especially busy.

Available : Daily

The Willow Tea Rooms

The Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street are the only original Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed tea rooms still existing in Glasgow. Make sure you get a seat in the Room De Luxe, the original seating area.

Available : Daily

Sma' Shot Cottages

Paisley was a boom town during the 19th century, when scarves, shawls and ties with Paisley patterns were woven by workers who lived in cottages just like Sma' Shot.

Available : Apr - Sep 2013; Wed and Sat only (annual)

The Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is on a tour of 30 different countries, presenting award-winning films with topics ranging from remote landscapes to daredevil action sports. Catch it at the Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow for some jaw-dropping and thought-provoking features.

Available : Jan 2014 (annual)

Irn Bru Carnival

Every Christmas Glasgow's SECC is transformed into an indoor fairground of rollercoasters, dodgems and arcade games for the Irn Bru Carnival. Lasting from Christmas into the New Year, it makes a great festive day out for all the family.

Available : Dec 2013 - Jan 2014 (annual)

Country Living Magazine's Christmas Fair

Pick up some unique presents while avoiding the chaos of the high street at Country Living Magazine's Christmas Fair. You'll find top designers, food and drink producers, card creators and decoration makers all selling their festive wares at Glasgow's SECC.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

BBC Good Food Show Scotland

The BBC Good Food Show Scotland returns to Glasgow's SECC. Top masterchefs such as Antony Worrall Thompson bring a touch of celebrity to proceedings, to offer tips for cooking first-timers or seasoned practitioners.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

Holiday and Travel Show

The Holiday and Travel Show at Glasgow's SECC promises to meet all your travel needs. Grab holiday bargains, discuss vacation ideas with experts and wander round the stalls exhibiting an A-Z of worldwide destinations, from the Azores to Zambia.

Available : Feb 2013 (annual)

The Waverley

First launched in 1947, The Waverley sails from Glasgow Science Centre down the Clyde coast. One of the world's last sea-going paddle steamers, she continues to take passengers at a stately pace as far as the Isle of Arran.

Available : Jun - Aug 2013 (annual)

Mackintosh Trail

Glasgow School of Art in the city centre is the starting point for a tour of the work of Art Nouveau architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The tour takes in 12 attractions, including the elegantly baronial Hill House in its manicured gardens.

Available : Daily

Centre for Contemporary Arts

The Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow's city centre is a high-tech space which showcases experimental performing arts events. Expect innovative film shorts and Scottish folk music. The upstairs bar is lively in the evenings.

Available : Daily; not Mon or Sun

Document - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

First held in 2003 and known each year by its latest iteration (hence 2011, the ninth festival, is known as Document 9), Glasgow's International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival promotes both homegrown and international cinema. Screenings take place at the CGA Glasgow.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

Geoffrey (Tailor) Kiltmakers

At Geoffrey (Tailor) Kiltmakers in Glasgow's city centre there are racks of traditional styles to choose from. But, the big attraction is the striking own-brand 21st-century tartans and kilts in leather and tweeds.

Available : Daily

Glasgow Science Centre

At the Clyde-side Glasgow Science Centre, visitors explore four floors of hands-on exhibits, including the planetarium, climate change theatre and IMAX cinema. Get sucked into a tornado in the FUNdamentals gallery, and climb the 100-metre Glasgow Tower for city views.

Available : Daily

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

Aye Write!, Glasgow's Book Festival at beautiful Mitchell Library, is relatively youthful (having only started in 2006), but already rivals its neighbour Edinburgh with an impressive range of international authors. Home-grown talent is also strongly represented with lively debate guaranteed.

Available : Mar 2013 (annual)

Fratelli Sarti

Book ahead to get a seat in Fratelli Sarti's tiny basement bistro in Glasgow's Bath Street - it's always packed. Pizzas and pastas on the menu have been popular with Glaswegians for years. The minestrone soup is a meal on its own and the wine list well worth taking time to explore.

Available : Daily

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BEST WESTERN Buchanan Arms Hotel & Spa
22 Main Street
Loch Lomond
G63 0BQ
Sat nav postcode:G63 0BQ

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08443 876112

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01360 660588

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