Balloch is at the Southern entrance of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, but is the most urban of the communities in the park. The national park has no entrance fees, and if you are passing through the only evidence of the park that you may see are a few road signs.
- Two trains per hour run to Balloch (BHC) 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 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 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.
- 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 from Glasgow.
Balloch village 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.
By bike: a cycle path runs from Balloch along bypassed loops of road and purpose-built track along the west bank of the loch to Luss and Tarbet, 17 miles in all. It's level going and suitable also for hikers, wheelchairs and horses.
The Maid of the LochA paddle steamer that is undergoing a full restoration, The Maid is open to the public for most of the year. There is a small shop onboard operated by the Paddle Steamer 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 Maid 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 ParkThe park was once a private estate set on almost 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 closed to the public. It was built in the early 20th century to replace the old castle located further down the hill, and only served as a manor house. The park also has a few formal gardens including the Walled Garden, and the Chinese Garden adjacent to the castle.
Sweeney's CruisesSweeney's offer one and two hour cruises, along with a sunset cruise. Cruises are mainly on board the Astina and the Silver Marlin, however some may operate on the smaller Lomond Duchess, Lomond Sunrise and Glen Falloch.
Can You Experience Loch Lomondaddress: The Beach, Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, G83 8QLOutdoor sports such as canoeing and mountain biking.
Loch Lomond Bird of Prey CentreHome to variety of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls.
Loch Lomond AquariumMany strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats.
- Loch Lomond Highland Games are held at Moss o Balloch Park, west bank of the river. They're usually on the second Saturday in July, however the next is on Sat 18 July 2020.
- Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival: the main event is in September, with the next on 7-8 Sept 2019. There's also a similar Spring event, with the next probably 4-5 April 2020 but tbc.
Loch Lomond ShoresSituated on the edge of Loch Lomond the complex comprises a shopping mall which has a variety of shops (including the prestigious Jenners department store), along with cafes and a restaurant. Lomond shores also a woodland path with several pieces of modern art on show, seasonal amusements, children's play park and Sea Life Loch Lomond Aquarium.
Lomond Galleriesaddress: Alexandria Main Street G83 0UGSmall shopping centre with a slightly tired selection of discount shops, but in an interesting building, the former Argyll Motor Works. This ornate sandstone factory was built in 1906 as the largest car factory in Europe at the time, but the company declined soon after the factory opened. It then became a torpedo factory, followed by an electronics factory, then was empty for a long period before the shopping centre opened in 1997.
There are several places to eat out in Balloch.
Corriesphone: +44 1389 753552address: 50 Balloch RoadA large menu and friendly staff.
Loch Lomond ShoresThis shopping centre has The Kilted Skirlie Restaurant for traditional Scottish sit down meals, the popular but expensive Café Zest at Jenners, Queen of the Loch Hotel & Restaurant for pub food, Lomond Pirates Play Zone & Cafe and Caffé at the Shores for cakes and sandwiches
The Maid of the LochCafé on the paddle steamer (see above). Serves standard fare, but is a very nice setting.
Scottish and traditional
phone: +44 1389 752052address: Balloch Road, G83 8SWOne of Balloch's most popular places to eat. It has a varied menu and large portions although is slightly pricey.
phone: +44 1389 752579address: Balloch Road, G83 8LQOffers more in the way of seafood and fish dishes along with some 'pub grub'.
address: Loch Lomond Shores, G83 8QLA varied menu offering many Scottish favourites, and although slightly pricey it has a lovely view looking towards Ben Lomond.
address: Carrochan RoadIn neighbouring Jamestown. Although expensive, the Stables has a large menu and offers very good food.
address: 40 Balloch Road, G83 8LEA fish restaurant adjacent to the chip shop.
address: Balloch Road, G83 8SSItalian food.
phone: +44 1389 755873address: Luss Road, G83 8QWChinese food.
phone: +44 1389 721077address: 100 Balloch RoadIndian food.
phone: +44 13 89 75 03 09address: 60 Balloch Road, Loch Lomond G83 8LE
phone: +44 845 11 26 006address: Balloch Road
phone: +44 1389 752456address: Gowanlea, Drymen RoadWalkers and cyclists welcome.
phone: +44 1389 752459address: Upper Stoneymollan RoadWalkers and cyclists welcome.
phone: +44 1250 878 123address: Old Luss RoadSite for caravans and motorhomes (not tents).
phone: +44 1389 755565address: G83 8QZScottish baronial mansion on the banks of Loch Lomond, with an 18-hole championship golf course and a spa. The resort has four restaurants: the Cameron Grill serving local beef and salmon, the lochside Boat House with seafood from Loch Fyne and the relaxed Claret Jug in the golf clubhouse. The hotel was extensively damaged by fire in December 2017, and will be closed until autumn 2019, but the Boat House and Claret Jug restaurants remain open.