Balloch is a town at the south of Loch Lomond and is well served by trains and busses. It also has the Lomond Shores visitor centre. Being a large town it also has all facilities you would expect such as supermarket, shops, hotels, garages and more. Astoundingly you are only 20 minutes from the city of Glasgow and yet with the views north from Balloch you could imagine you are in the heart of the highlands.
Shores was designed with access in mind and there is easy access
to all levels for the disabled or the infirm.
Within the Lomond Shores complex there are a variety of shops and also the Drumkinnon tower which its architect designed to look a little like a circular medieval castle. Within this you will find a variety of displays and exhibitions. You will also find cafe's a bar and a giant screen cinema.
The town has in recent years been transformed by the Lomond Shores centre and various improvements to the town. There are many activities to choose from, mountain biking, canoeing, power boat trips, walking not to mention the frequent organised events which take place here throughout the summer months and at other times. Although the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is generally un-crowded, that is not always the case for the Lomond Shores centre, however if you are entering the park from the south then you will find a trip to Lomond Shores and this area rewarding, especially for families.
The Maid of the loch, a paddle steamer is now permanently berthed at the loch-side, it is hoped that she will resume here trips along the loch after restoration, as she was for a long time left to rot until recent years. Being a paddle steamer her current predicament does not stop enthusiasts from visiting her berth to get a better look and take photographs.
Although at present you may not be able to take a trip up the loch in a paddle steamer there are plenty of boat trips that can be taken from here. It should be remembered that Loch Lomond has Britain's largest freshwater surface area (71km sq.) and so there is a lot of loch to see. Where better to appreciate the bonny banks than from a cruise boat.
Drymen in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland