Difference between revisions of "Balloch"
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Balloch is a town in Scotland.
Balloch village itself is small enough to get around on foot. The Loch Lomond Shores complex is about 15 minutes walk from the train station, however there are bus services running between Loch Lomond Shores and Balloch bus station.
Loch Lomond Shores,  is Balloch's newest visitor attraction. Situated on the edge of Loch Lomond the complex comprises a shopping mall which has a variety of shops (inlcuding the prestigious Jenners department store), along with cafes and a restaurant. Lomond shores also has the National Park Gateway centre - an informative tourist information office, a woodland path with several pieces of modern art on show, seasonal amusements, children's play park and most recently Loch Lomond Aquarium.
The Maid of the Loch,  is a paddlesteamer currently undergoing a full restoration. The boat is open to the public for most of the year. There is a small shop onboard operated by the Paddlesteamer Preservation Society. There is also a cafe. The Maid of the Loch can be booked for private functions including weddings, so it may be closed at those times. Near to the Maide of the Loch is the Duncan Mills Slipway used as launching base for jet skis and power boats. A new attraction is the Steam Slipway complex.
Balloch Castle Country Park was once a private estate set on almost 200 acres of land. Today it is a public park and a venue for a variety of events from the annual Dragon Boat race to music festivals attracting tens of thousands of revellers. The centrepiece of the park is Balloch Castle which is currently closed to the public. The park also has a few formal gardens including the Walled Garden, and the Chinese Garden adjacent to the castle.
Sweeney's Cruises  operate from Balloch and the jetty at the Maid of the Loch. Less than a minute from the train station, Sweeney's offer one and two hour cruises, along with a sunset cruise. Cruises are mainly onboard the Astina and the Silver Marlin, however some may operate on the smaller Lomond Duchess, Lomond Sunrise and Glen Falloch.
The Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is situated a mile north of Balloch in Ballochmyle. Adjacent to a garden centre, it offers a home to variety of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls. There are buses every two hours, but a taxi should cost about £4.
Can You Experience Loch Lomond  offer a variety of outdoor sports such as canoeing and mountain biking.
There are several places to eat out in Balloch.
Scottish and Traditional Fayre