Take a gentle and unhurried look at nature and bygone years from aboard the Maid of the Loch. Moored at Balloch Pier, the Maid of the Loch is the last and largest of a succession of paddle steamers that have plied the Loch since 1818.
Ongoing Major Renovation
The Maid of the Loch was rescued from near dereliction in 1992 and is now the subject of an ongoing and major renovation project carried out by volunteers. Their plan is to fix her up and give her a new lease of life for the next 50 years.
The Maid of the Loch is magnificent and truly fascinating to explore; there are even live steam sessions to watch! In its day this fine example could carry 1000 passengers. It measures 58m long and 8m and weighs a massive 555 tonnes!
Enjoy a meal or a snack on board on the main deck at the bow of the ship and visit the Local History Facility and Souvenir Shop in the forward deck saloon to find out about the Loch’s maritime heritage through fascinating slide and video presentations.
The Balloch Steam Slipway
The Balloch Steam Slipway built in 1902 has also been the subject of reparations and is a great example of late-Victorian engineering. This slipway hauled boats out of the water for maintenance and repair. It does have restricted opening times so be sure to check these before you set out for the day.
Highlight of the Day
Taking in the stunning views of Ben Lomond from the decks of the Maid of the Loch.
Nearest train station : Balloch
Car parking : Ample
Website : www.maidoftheloch.com