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“Commercial Pollution”
Review of Loch Lomond Shores

Loch Lomond Shores
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Balloch
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Loch Lomond Shores is a stunning visitor destination set on the southern tip of Loch Lomond. With views up the Loch to Ben Lomond, the scenery is amazing. Come for the day and visit our lovely shops, our great Aquarium, Bird of Prey Centre, Aerial Adventure Course, Adventure Golf and have lunch or refreshments in one of our eateries, or simply let the kids enjoy our playpark whilst you sit back and relax. If you want to get even more active then you can hire bikes, boats, canoes, Segways, quadricycles or just sit back on a loch cruise or waterbus and let someone else do the hard work.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Commercial Pollution”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

I visited Loch Lomond many times...years ago,before the concrete monstrosity was erected to the glory of profit and consumerism. It was a breathtakingly beautiful natural scene. Why don't idiots who want "retail therapy" just stay in their grimy concrete jungles....instead of creating a demand for commercialism that blights some of the loveliest places on earth?It is ignorance and human pollution of the worst kind...and should never have been allowed on Loch Lomond.

Visited August 2012
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Loch_Lomond_Shores, Manager at Loch Lomond Shores, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Thank you very much for your comment. I'm sorry you feel this way about the design of Loch Lomond Shores. We are located near the town of Balloch on the more populated southern tip of the loch, widely regarded as a gateway to 720 square miles of wilderness in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Obviously architecture is a matter of taste and opinion but we would like to reassure you that environmental considerations were at the forefront of the project. The architects of the various buildings on site incorporated the principles of sustainability appropriate for the National Park. In particular, the Drumkinnon Tower and the Gateway Centre have won awards and attracted praise and commendation from the world of architecture and beyond. If you are interested, more details about the general approach taken are available here: http://www.glasgowarchitecture.co.uk/lomond_shores.htm
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Hamburg, Germany
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“Nice walk and plenty of shops and stalls”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

When we were there, the sun was shining and there were plenty of stalls serving food from different countries. There is a play area for children and nice views across the loch. There is also plenty of parking. This was a bank holiday weekend, so although it was busy, we still found a parking space.

Visited May 2013
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Loch_Lomond_Shores, Manager at Loch Lomond Shores, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Loch Lomond Shores. The continental market is always a great time to visit us as you can sample fine food from every corner of Europe. Thank you for visiting and we do hope to see you again in the future.
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Greenock, United Kingdom
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“Nice place to spend a sunny afternoon”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a visitor attraction come mini shopping centre at the south end of Loch Lomond,20 minutes drive from the M8.

This is a place we often visit, sometimes for an afternoon out, other times just to visit the shops.

There are a number of things to see and do, from the sea life centre which focusses on species from the loch, canoeing or paddle boating out on the water or just sitting having a coffee on the open terrace watching the view.

The shops inside the centre are mostly a little higher class than most high street offerings, the largest of these being a Jenners department store. There are some very nice items on offer but the price tag reflects the surroundings, definitely worth it for some of the unusual items you won't find locally.

There is a large Hawkshead outdoor clothing store, a shoe shop and fancy goods/gifts shop to name a few.

The shopping unit is not that big but the quality is certainly not in question.

Food and drink are available from at least 3 locations with one being a restaurant upstairs with a view over the loch.

There are frequent farmers and continental markets with lots of stall holders coming from all over the place, great if you are looking for some dry cured Ayrshire ham or a zebra burger straight off the grill!

If you are planning a trip up Loch Lomond or if you fancy a nice shopping experience this is somewhere you should definitely visit.

Visited May 2013
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Loch_Lomond_Shores, Manager at Loch Lomond Shores, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at Loch Lomond Shores and everything that it has to offer. We do hope you return again in the near future.
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Perth, United Kingdom
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“On a lovely day, stunning”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Visited on a lovely warm sunny day and the place was a buzz with all sorts of folk milling around.
The inside stores are ok more suited to the over 50's ( only thing that catered for under was oasis and then it only had a few rails)
On the day we visited there were a good number of stalls outside careering for every taste in food and a coffee stall. The smells were fantastic
The other things like the steam boat and engine room were good to see and the wee walk we took round the loch was also nice, think the weather had a lot to do with this.

Visited May 2013
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Loch_Lomond_Shores, Manager at Loch Lomond Shores, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed the Continental Market and that you visited the fabulous Maid of the Loch paddle steamer. We do hope to see you again in the future and thanks again for visiting Loch Lomond Shores.
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Something For Everyone”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

My second visit and just as enjoyable as the 1st. Time your Sunday right and there's a good food/farmers market in full swing. Good views of PS Maid of The Loch moored nearby when sat taking refreshments in Jenners cafe. Good range of shops for edibles, clothing and Scottish nic nacks. Huge parking area and by far the biggest disabled parking area I've seen to date.

Visited May 2013
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Loch_Lomond_Shores, Manager at Loch Lomond Shores, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
Wow, a lovely review for others to see thanks. The Maid of the Loch is just awesome, the volunteers work tirelessly to get her back up running and you can pop on to visit at no charge.
Here is to your 3rd, 4th and many more visits.
Thanks for taking the time to review Loch Lomond Shores.
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