Balloch Steam Slipway

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Balloch Steam Slipway
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Maid of the Loch is the paddle steamer that present is slipped on the new carriage way as she undergoes essential repairs. This year she will not open to the public unless attendees are joining our hard hat tours. We do however hope to welcome visitors to the slipway where they can view her repair progress. We also have open steam weekends until the end of the season and we have a new visitor museum and shop cabin. Check our website for current detail. She was launched in 1953 and sailed till 1981 and steadily rotted till volunteers of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company took over and became a registered charity HELP US IN OUR AIM TO GET THE MAID SAILING AGAIN. WE HAVE MANY "SUPPORTERS" WHO HELP TOWARDS THE MAID'S RESTORATION. THE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION IS JUST £25 single or £40 for two people. See website for full details. WE HAVE RAISED - AND INVESTED - £2.6M IN THE MAID AND INFRASTRUCTURE SINCE 1996. NOW WE NEED ANOTHER £4M TO MAKE HER OPERATIONAL.
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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand2,074 contributions
Couples
It was interesting to see the winch gear that was designed to pull paddle steamers, like the Maid of the Loch, out of the Loch. Although this fell out of use in 1989, it was restored and opened again in 2006. The volunteers who run the enterprise are friendly and are very keen to raise the funds to renovate the Maid of the Loch to a working standard. Such old engineering marvels are worthwhile to visit.
Written July 9, 2022
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Roger G
Glasgow, UK2,488 contributions
Couples
Opened in 1902 this Grade A Listed steam powered slipway serviced paddle steamers and other passenger ships until around 1992 when it was abandoned. It underwent restoration and in 2006 it was fully returned to steam power and the PS Maid of the Loch was pulled onto the slipway for maintenance work to be carried out.

The Balloch Steam Slipway is open from June to September at weekends with steam power operational on advertised days. The slipway has a small shop and a number of fun and educational activities such as the steam siren that you can operate for a small donation.

An excellent booklet describes the history of the slipway and the Loch Lomond steamers and a number of displays highlight the restoration efforts and the industrial archaeology significance of the site.
Written September 25, 2016
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nobby69010
Aylesford, UK162 contributions
A visit here during our coach tour with Lochs and Glens - interesting and enjoyable stunning scenery and a rainbow to top it off
Written August 12, 2019
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GGGang
Preston, UK768 contributions
Family
The slip way is located on Lomond shores, so is a convenient stop if exploring the shores or en route to the maid of the loch. (All of which I have reviewed separately).

I have to be honest and say it's not really my thing, but the husband found it quite interesting. So I would say it depends upon the interests of your party whether this is worth a stop for you. We stopped briefly and then carried on exploring.

My kids never believe people actually read my reviews, so if this was helpful please give me your vote. It's always nice to prove them wrong occasionally
Written August 23, 2017
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Carole S
Beckenham, UK23 contributions
Couples
We went to visit the Maid of the Loch just as storm Ali hit! We had walked the path from Balloch in the pouring rain to see The Maid of the Loch and were nicely surprised to see she was open for a visit. We had a reslly lovely tour of the boat and were having a lovely cup of tea and cake when the storm hit. We could see it arrive over the Loch. It was scary but thrilling at the same time. Everything was blowing around but we felt very safe. Hopefully she made it to the slipway on the day she was due. While there we visited the other buildings.

Written October 3, 2018
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Nell
Kinross, IA22 contributions
Couples
An amazing visit so interesting the volunteers are passionate and share their knowledge happily . Children and parents enjoy working the engine .
Written February 11, 2018
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HJ1673
Sheffield, UK11 contributions
Family
Popped in to see the work that has been completed and my son blew the whistle , not a huge attraction but free and worth 10 min of your time
Written June 4, 2017
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Allan R
Cumbernauld, UK50 contributions
Family
A must visit for anyone with an interest in engineering. A superb example of a steam driven winch which enables large vessels to be removed from the Loch for maintenance purposes
Written June 29, 2019
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Richard J
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Couples
We went to view the Maid of the Loch but noticed this building on the way. The very welcoming volunteers opened up for us, even though it was midweek, showed us around and even put on a video for us. Really interesting. Well worth a visit if you are in Ballock whether you are going to see the Maid or not. It does complete the story of the Maid.
Written June 23, 2019
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stuart w
Airdrie, UK9,478 contributions
Friends
Small place but with a nice story to tell and always good to show machines and engineering. Plenty of parking and free admission
Written March 7, 2018
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  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM