Loch Lomond paddle steamer 'springs' open in time for Easter
Maid of the Loch, the Balloch-based paddle steamer will re-open for the first time this year by inviting families on-board for an Easter Egg Hunt with a difference.
The iconic attraction will push the boat out this weekend (Friday 30 March – Sunday 1 April), as it welcomes scavengers to take part in a child-friendly quiz on the popular steamship. With a distinctly nautical theme, the hunt will take families on a journey through history as they search for answers amongst key features of the ship, including the wheelhouse, the gangway and the engine room in the heart of the vessel, where families can see the original cranks and pistons used to power the vast paddle wheels.
John Beveridge, Director of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming families back on-board this Easter, and to officially re-open the ship for the season ahead.
“After the success of last year’s hunt, we decided to bring it back alongside the much-loved Teddy Trail, where instead of simply playing hide and seek with the eggs, our guided family hunt will give children a chance to practice following directions and problem solve. With three different levels on deck for children to explore coupled with the stunning backdrop of Loch Lomond, I can’t think of a better location to be with the family this Easter. “It’s been a very exciting few months for the Maid with some significant milestones achieved, and it’s looking very likely that next Easter we will be inviting families to join us in preparation for our first sail on our bonnie banks.”
The campaign to restore the Maid and return her back to a fully operational steamship was boosted earlier this week with the announcement of a £950,000 Scottish Government grant, taking the Maid’s restoration project closer to its final £5.5 million goal.
The Easter Egg Hunt will cost £3 and will take place from Friday 30 March to Sunday 1 April.
The steamship will also now be open from 10am to 5pm every day until mid-October. Full details can be found at www.maidoftheloch.org