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* '''First Glasgow''' operate
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* '''First Glasgow''' operate the from Glasgow City Centre to Balloch. Journey time can vary greatly between two to three hours .
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Scottish Citylink''', [http://www.citylink.co.uk/] operate several services a day that run along the A82 , Which bypasses Balloch. The walk from the A82 is about 10 or 15 minutes and caution is advised while crossing the road. |+|
* '''[http://www.citylink.co.uk/ ]operate several services a day the A82. The walk from the A82 is about 10 or 15 minutescaution is advised while crossing the road.
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Revision as of 13:48, 15 April 2018
Balloch is a town in Scotland located on the southern edge of Loch Lomond.
- Two trains per hour run from Glasgow Queen Street station. Note that on Sundays the service runs from Glasgow Central instead. Journey time is approximately 50 minutes.
- First Glasgow operate the number 1 bus from Glasgow City Centre to Balloch. Note that the bus does not run from Buchanan Bus Station, but can be boarded to the south of St. Enoch subway station, and also on Jamaica Street (next to Central Station). Journey time can vary greatly between two to three hours depending on the time of day.
- Citylink operate several services a day from Glasgow to Campbeltown, Oban, Fort William and Skye, and stop at a bus stop just north of the Balloch Roundabout on the A82. The walk from the A82 into Balloch is about 10 or 15 minutes; caution is advised while crossing the road.
- Balloch is easily accessible by car. The easiest route is via the A82, making a right turn at the Stoneymollan roundabout. Travel time by car is on average between 30 and 40 minutes.
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.
- The Loch Lomond Aquarium, (just off the A82 at Balloch, follow signs for Balloch and Loch Lomond Shores, just 20 minutes from Glasgow, it is within Loch Lomond Shores), ☎ 0871 423 2110, . from 10am. Many strange, beautiful and facinating creatures of the deep. Astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats. from £4.
- Loch Lomond gift house, Balloch Road (On the main street. A two minute walk down Balloch Road from the Bus Terminal, and a five minute walk up Balloch Road from the train station. Located diagonally across from Balloch park's main gated entrance.), ☎ 01389-753437, . Mon thru Sat 10am till 5.30 Sun 12pm till 5pm, Later opening hours in July and August. Stockists of quality Scottish Souvenirs, Jewellery, and Clan Gifts Beautiful Jewellery, Gifts, Cards and Wrap for every occasion. Sgian dubhs, kilt pins, sporrans, Kilt Socks, Cufflinks, and Quaichs.
There are several places to eat out in Balloch.
- Corries offer a large menu and have friendly staff.
- The Anchorage is next to the train station. With friendly staff and both indoor and outdoor seating, it is the ideal place for afternoon tea.
- Jenners Cafe at Loch Lomond Shores. Popular but quite expensive. You may need to wait in line for some time.
- Thortons Cafe at Loch Lomond Shores is perfect for chocoholics!
- The Maid of the Loch serves standard fare, but is a very nice setting.
Scottish and Traditional Fayre
- The Tullie is arguably one of Balloch's most popular places to eat. It has a varied menu and large portions although is slightly pricey.
- The Balloch House offers more in the way of seafood and fish dishes along with some 'pub grub'
- The Kilted Skirlie at Loch Lomond Shores has a varied menu offering many Scottish favourites, and although slightly pricey it has a lovely view looking towards Ben Lomond.
- The Stables is in neighbouring Jamestown. Although slightly expensive, the Stables has a large menu and offers very good food. (Delicious Battered Haddock w chips for 8.95, 2013)
- Raffles at the Lomond Park Hotel is slightly cheaper than most other Balloch restaurants. However the quality of food can be inconsistent.
- Palombos of Balloch have recently opened a Fish restaurant adjacent to their award winning Chip shop.