Moored on the shores of Loch Lomond the Maid of the Loch and the surrounding area offers a great day out for all the family. In addition to the main attractions - the historic ship and the steam slipway - come and explore everything that the locale has on offer, including a sea life aquarium, sandy beaches, BBQ and picnic areas, bike hire, boat trips, fun fair, woodland walks and plenty of retail therapy opportunities.
Admire the fine views of Ben Lomond from three different levels of decks on the Maid of the Loch historic steamship.
Learn from displays about how the Maid was transported in parts from Glasgow and assembled on the slipway before entering service. Read about our plans for getting the Maid sailing again and for developing the pier.
Nestled in the heart of the ship is the engine room. See the giant cranks and pistons used to power the enormous paddle wheels.
Explore the other accommodation on the ship. Function rooms may be hired for private functions and events.
For those of you who are keen walkers why not try the Three Lochs Way Route which starts at Balloch? More information on this can be found at https://threelochsway.co.uk/the-route/balloch-helensburgh/
Another wonderful trail is The John Muir Way. It stretches 134 miles running between Helensburgh in the west through to Dunbar on the east coast. It’s not for the faint hearted as it will take you 9-11 days to walk and about half that by bike. If you would like information just click on the link; https://johnmuirway.org/
The Balloch Steam Slipway is a 1902 heritage attraction, rebuilt in 2006 with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Winch House with it’s operational steam boiler will be open over the Easter weekend from Friday 19th April until Monday 22nd April. It will open every weekend from 1st June until 29th September 2019. See the steam engine and gearing system in operation; try the interactive displays; or watch the audio visuals describe how the slipway pulls the Maid out of the water.
The steam is usually up to pressure by 12 noon.
Or blow our steam whistle!
Visit the Tearoom for a variety of hot and cold snacks, home-made soup, teas, coffees, ice cream and huge variety of delicious freshly baked cakes. Gluten free Victoria Sponge and chocolate brownies also available.
Special afternoon teas, birthdays and other celebration teas can be booked in advance on 07495700425.
During special events aboard the ship our bar is also open.
Buy a souvenir or two of your visit! A selection of exclusive Maid of the Loch branded souvenirs are on sale in the Tearoom and the steam slipway winch house. You can preview a selection of souvenirs on offer.
Bring along the kids for a day of fun! Complete a challenge and collect one of our lovely Maid badges or special certificate. A small charge applies for these activities.
Maid of the Loch Flag Challenge
What is the hidden message flying high above the Maid? Work it out and gain a special certificate! Check out the Flag Challenge >
Loch Lomond Shores, overlooking the Maid of the Loch, is one of Scotland’s most spectacular visitor destinations, combining the beautiful setting of Loch Lomond with a mixture of leisure and shopping experiences. For more information visit the Loch Lomond Shores website