A short hop from Glasgow, this accessible pinnacle is an absolute blast.
Over 30,000 people make the summit annually, which is, on average, just over 80 people a day, every day of the year — and that means that finding a day where you can get a clear run from the top, on a bike, is almost impossible. That’s why we got up at 5am hoping to have the place to ourselves.
Dawn Raid Dos and Don’ts
- Stick to the path. Much of the mountain’s habitat here is protected.
- Check forecasts daily. An average between BBC Weather, Metcheck, Met Office and MWIS produces the most accurate results.
- Take spare tubes. The path has numerous water bars and is predominantly bedrock.
- Visit the Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha for coffee/tea and food afterwards.
- Take care on the summit. The edges are precipitous to say the least.
- Keep your eyes southwest — that’s where the weather comes from. You’ll be able to see it coming from miles away.
- Be afraid to call it off. Reaching the summit in cloud or rain is dangerous, and it isn’t the same anyway.
- Forget a camera.
- Forget a spare thermal/down/primaloft layer and hat. Mountain summits are cold before dawn.
- Plan on camping unless it’s in an official campsite. The rules are enforced with fines.
- Pronounce Drymen as it’s spelled.