Loch Lomond is a freshwater Scottish loch, lying on the Highland Boundary Fault. It is the largest loch (lake) in Great Britain. The loch contains many islands, including Inchmurrin, the largest fresh-water island in the British Isles, although the loch itself is smaller than many Irish loughs.
Balloch is on the shores of Loch Lomond, easily accessible from Glasgow. Balloch sits in the south-west corner of Loch Lomond, on road and rail routes from Glasgow, so it is a popular place to visit.
Loch Lomond Shores is a commercial development housing retail outlets and the National Park Gateway Centre, where you can learn all about the famous loch and its surrounds. The restored paddle steamer, The Maid of the Loch, is in residence here.
Arrived at Lomond Park Hotel at 12:30, and wandering around the Balloch Village.
The National Park Gateway Centre
Beautifully situated, The Gateway Centre has stunning views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding area. It comprises of Cafe on the Loch, a Childrens Play Area, and a superb Gift Shop.
Cafe on the Loch serves delicious homemade food, including soup, sandwiches and home baking. The is an ice cream parlour serving Mackies famous ice cream, sundaes and milkshakes. With seating available both inside or outside on our balcony which sits over the lagoon, Cafe on the Loch has a truly unique feel to it.
The Maid of the Loch; Loch Lomond’s Paddle Steamer, is now open every weekend and entry is free. There is a tea-room on-board serving lovely coffee and cakes from 11am every Saturday and Sunday. Come Aboard! and see her magnificent steam engines and paddles; there are model ship displays and local history exhibits.
I love the Lake Lomond, Balloch village and Lomond Park Hotel. The hotel charges are low and the staff are friendly. The locals of the bar was bright and was kind. But they were noisy until midnight.
We sang the song “o’ Loch Lomond” that night.
By yon bonnie banks
And by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright
On Loch Lomond
Oh we twa ha’e pass’d
Sae mony blithesome days,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks
O’ Loch Lomond.
Oh ye’ll tak’ the high road
And I’ll tak’ the low road,
An’ I’ll be in Scotland before ye’,
But wae is my heart
Until we meet again
On the Bonnie, bonnie banks
O’ Loch Lomond.