Small village on east shore of Loch Lomond and close to Drymen on the Drymen to Balloch road (A811)

The small village lies close to the shore of Loch Lomond and under the hill known locally as the Kilmarnock Dumpling for its distinctive shape.

Each year, the village is the home of a Convention of the Two by Twos religious sect (also known as "Cooneyites", though they claim no name). The name comes from the itinerant ministers who always work in pairs. Hundreds of evangelical "Truthers" make their way there, staying in nearby homes or on site. Followers come from around the UK, Ireland and further afield to attend. The four day long Convention is the last remaining in Scotland for this sect. The two Conventions held here consist of three, 2 – 2.5 hour meetings per day, interspersed with breaks for meals and socialising. The Conventions last from Saturday morning until Tuesday evening. In order to accommodate the numbers desiring to attend, one Convention is held in beginning of May, with a second being held usually the following week. The main worker or minister responsible at the site is Martin Sykes. 

The village was scandalised in 2009 by the Little America property scam where a property developer, Gordon Mackenzie was selling plots of land to gullible americans at a cost of £30,000 even though the land had no real value as farming land and would be unlikely to receive planning permission.

 

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