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Balloch is a town in Scotland.

Get in

By Train

  • 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.

By Bus

  • First Glasgow operate two services, the 204 and the 215 from Glasgow City Centre to Balloch. Journey time can vary greatly between two to three hours.
  • Scottish Citylink, [2] 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.

By car

  • 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.

Get around

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, [3] 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, [4] 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 [5] 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 [6]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 [7] offer a variety of outdoor sports such as canoeing and mountain biking.

  • The Loch Lomond Aquarium, (Loch Lomond Aquarium is just off the A82 at Balloch. Follow signs for Balloch and Loch Lomond Shores. Just 20 minutes from Glasgow. Loch Lomond Aquarium is situated within Loch Lomond Shores - home of the National Park Gateway Centre, shopping mall and tourist information office. Balloch station is only 5 minutes away.), 0871 423 2110, [1]. from 10am. Welcome to the magical marine world of The Loch Lomond Aquarium. We will introduce you to many strange, beautiful and facinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats. ****SAVE MONEY BY BOOKING ONLINE FROM WEBSITE**** from £4.



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 expensive, the Stables has a large menu and offers very good food.
  • 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.


  • La Scarpetta
  • Cucina


  • The Princess Rose


  • The Golden Star




  • Loch Lomond Youth Hostel, Situated about a mile North of Balloch on the A82 near Duck Bay Marina, 0870 004 1136. The hostel could be an attraction itself, as it is an impressive country house. £12.50-14.00/5.00-12.00 (Adult/Child). Situated about a mile from Balloch. Opened March-October. SYHA information and booking


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