Maid of the Loch Opens for New Season
Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond’s Paddle Steamer, based at Balloch, opens again for the season on Friday 14 April.
Admission is free, and there is parking close by.
A new feature this year is that there will be a new “Café on the Maid” and “Lomond Restaurant” on board, serving hot meals.
Restaurateur Tanweer Sadiq, said: “I am looking forward to working with, and supporting, the charity. I will be offering a range of locally produced starters, main courses, and desserts, and plan to attract lots of new customers and groups bookings”.
The historic steamship will open from Friday 14 April, from 10am to 5pm every day, until mid-October 2017.
Full details on the Maid of the Loch website at www.maidoftheloch.org
- Maid of the Loch has been owned by a charity, the Loch Lomond Steamship Company, since 1996. All of its Directors and volunteers give their time for free.
- The Maid was built in 1953 in Glasgow, disassembled, taken to Balloch by rail, rebuilt on the bonnie banks, and launched on 5th March. She was withdrawn from service in 1981, suffered neglect and vandalism until rescued by LLSC. Since 2000, she has been open as a visitor attraction at Balloch Pier.
- In August 2015, a £5.5 million application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the Maid to steam operation was successful. HLF have promised to give £3.8 million if the charity can raise £1.7 million.