Lying at the southern end of
Loch Lomond, this pretty village is a place of
boats and boat trips and across the water is
Inchmurrin, the largest of Lomond’s romantic
islands. A stone’s throw from here is The Balloch
Castle Country Park with a 19th century
castellated mansion, built by financier John
Buchanan, surrounded by 200 acres of gardens. Loch
Lomond’s main tourist office is in the centre of
Balloch 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.