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Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer

  • About
  • Facilities

The Maid of the Loch, by the world famous Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, at Balloch Pier, is the last paddle steamer built in Britain and the last in a long line of paddle steamers on the loch, dating back to 1818.

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 - explore everything that the locale has on offer at nearby Loch Lomond Shores, including the aquarium, sandy beaches, BBQ and picnic areas, bike hire, boat trips, fun fair, woodland walks and plenty of Loch Lomond shopping.

The Maid is free to visit. Easter Opening Hours 2016: Cafe open daily 11am - 5pm, Fri 25 March - Monday 28 March.

  • Our Cafe offers hot and cold snacks, home-made soup, teas, coffees and delicious home baking the forward deck saloon.
  • Hire us as a unique Loch Lomond venue available for events, dinners, functions with a variety of excellent bar/dining options.

Call us for venue and visit enquiries on 01389 711865 or email 

Opening Times 2016

The Maid of the Loch will be open from 11.00 am until 5.00 pm on the following dates:

Easter Weekend

25 - 28 March

Easter School Holidays

2 - 17 April

open every weekend following this until the Summer Holidays

Bank Holiday Mondays in May

2 May and 30 May

Summer Holidays (open every day and weekend until October Holidays)

25 June - 4 September

October Holidays

8 - 16 October

How to Get Here

By Train: A regular train service operated by ScotRail runs from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Balloch Station every day of the week. The Pier is a short walk from the station. For details of train times click here.

By Bus: Buses run from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station to Balloch Bus Station every day of the week. Timetable information here.

By Car: The A82 can be taken from Glasgow directly to Balloch. At the Stoneymollin roundabout, turn right onto the A811, then follow the signs for Loch Lomond Shores where there is ample car parking. The Maid of the Loch is a short walk from the Loch Lomond Shores complex.

By Bicycle: The Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycle Way runs from Glasgow to Balloch. Sustrans leaflet detailing its route here.


Contact & Booking

Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer
Loch Lomond Steamship Company
The Pier, Pier Road, Balloch
G83 8QX

T: 01389 711865
email enquiries
visit website



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