Balloch is a pituresque town located on the south edge of the shores of Loch Lomond. Balloch is taken from the gaelic ‘bealach’ which translates as mountain pass. This is likely to be in reference to the River Leven providing a pass between Loch Lomond and the Sea.
Balloch is historically famous for being an important gateway for boats entering Loch Lomond during the 1800’s. It is where the River Leven exits the loch before taking its short journey to the River Clyde at Dumbarton. At Balloch Pier you will find many vessels for use on Loch Lomond, such as Sweeney’s Cruises, which has been operating on Loch Lomond for over 120 years. You will also find an 80 year old paddle steamer, The Maid of the Loch, at Balloch Pier which is the last of her kind to be built in Britain and is on the UK Designated Vessels List which recognizes vessels of historical importance and substantial heritage merit with regional and local significance
Balloch also hosts an annual folk festival during the month of July each year at the Moss O’ Balloch Park in the centre of Balloch. Why not come along and sample the traditional Scottish Ceilidh atmosphere?
Balloch has its own railway which connects to Glasgow as well as bus links to Glasgow, Drymen, Balmaha and West Loch Lomond.
The Loch Lomond Shores shopping complex is a must visit with its extensive attractions to suit everyone including the world famous Jenners store, many quality Places to Eat and lots of events to suit everyone, including a weekly farmers market.
Also on site is the Loch Lomond Aquarium where you will find many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep blue sea. Prepare astonishing close up views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats. This magical attraction located at Loch Lomond Shores takes visitors on a journey from highland stream, via the depths of the loch, to the North Sea and onward to the Caribbean.
Another feature of Balloch is the Balloch Castle Country Park, a mansion house open to the public with 200 acres of woodland, parks and ornamental gardens.
Today, Balloch is also the Gateway Town to The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which has its headquarters in the town and is responsible for planning and development within the National Park.
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