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Country Parks, Walks & Viewpoints in Stirling, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

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LOCH LOMOND

To the north of Glasgow is the beautiful Loch Lomond, largest lake in Britain and now central to the recently formed Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
 

Balloch Castle and country park, Loch Lomond - Photo: Alec Johnson

 

Maid of the Loch - www.maidoftheloch.co.uk

 

 

 

Maid of the Loch:

 

Balloch itself is the terminus of the railway from Glasgow and has always been a popular place to start boat trips on Loch Lomond. It is home to the paddle steamer "Maid of the Loch" which is currently being refurbished and it is hoped that it will eventually recommence sailing on the loch.

Launched in Coronation Year 1953 for service on Loch Lomond, Maid of the Loch is the last paddle steamer to be built in Britain, a direct descendant of the first loch paddle steamer of 1818.

 

The main A82 road north skirts the western shoreline but, if you want peace and tranquillity, you can find it by driving up the eastern shore via Drymen to Balmaha (where you can hire boats) and on to Rowardennan. This is a dead-end road so there is no through traffic and therefore very peaceful. There are places to stop on the shore where forests come right down to the waters edge. There are places where you can park by the Lochside, with picnic areas provided, and boats can be launched direct from the beach.

 

Within the loch there are many small islands, some inhabited and, not surprisingly, water-based activities such as boat fishing, water-skiing, and sailing are all very popular.

At the southern end of the loch is the town of Balloch and nearby Balloch Country Park. The park's visitor centre is in Balloch Castle, a mock-castle built in 1808 although there had previously been a castle here built in 1238 by the Earls of Lennox who later abandoned it in favour of a more secure stronghold on Inchmurrin Island in the loch. The country park consists of 200 acres of woodland, parkland and ornamental gardens with paths down to the shores of the loch and plenty of quiet picnic spots. The park has large numbers of rhododendrons and azaleas which make it particularly attractive in spring when they are in bloom.

 

Balloch itself is the terminus of the railway from Glasgow and has always been a popular place to start boat trips on Loch Lomond. It is home to the paddle steamer "Maid of the Loch" which is currently being refurbished and it is hoped that it will eventually recommence sailing on the loch.

 

Launched in Coronation Year 1953 for service on Loch Lomond, Maid of the Loch is the last paddle steamer to be built in Britain, a direct descendant of the first loch paddle steamer of 1818.

 

She was withdrawn from service in 1981 and suffered vandalism before being rescued by a conservation group in 1992. As the first stage in restoring her to service, she is now open to the public in a static role. More information: The Loch Lomond Steamship Co Ltd, The Pier, Balloch Tel: 01389 711865.
www.maidoftheloch.co.uk

 

The vessel provides an unusual and exceptional venue for private lunches and dinners, formal functions, weddings, conferences etc. and bookings are now being taken through www.canapes.co.uk

 

Follow the A83 northwards from Balloch and you skirt the western shoreline of Loch Lomond with many attractive views over the loch which is dominated by Ben Lomond. The road passes through several villages including Luss where the Scottish TV soap "High Road" was  filmed.


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