Plan Your TripThe Maid of the Loch

The Maid is the very last paddle steamer to be built in Britain, and is the UK’s only remaining example of an ‘Up an Doon’ Vessel - A ship that’s been built twice!

The Maid is a magnificent example of Clyde-built ship engineering with a stunning art deco inspired interior. Already a much-loved feature on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, she attracts thousands of visitors every year and, over the last 20 years, a loyal band of volunteers has focused every available hour on her conservation. With your support we hope to safely steer the Maid to a new phase of her life, relaunching her as a fully operational paddle steamer.

How To Get Here
Glasgow to Balloch

By Train

A regular train service operated by ScotRail runs from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Balloch Station every day of the week. The Pier is a 10 minute walk from the station. 

By Bus

Buses run from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station to Balloch Bus Station every day of the week.

By Car

The A82 can be taken from Glasgow directly to Balloch. At the Stoneymollan roundabout, turn right onto the A811, then follow the signs for Loch Lomond Shores. Once inside the Loch Lomond Shores complex, follow the signs for Maid of the Loch. All Maid visitors will be able to access limited parking on the pier approaches or around the teardrop after passing through the National Park staffed traffic control on the access road. Please take care while parking. Parking is also available at the Loch Lomond end of Pier Road which is just a 150 metre walk to the ship. There is also parking at Loch Lomond Shores.

By Cycle

The Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycle Way runs from Glasgow to Balloch.

Opening Hours

With the uncertainty of COVID we have decided to take this opportunity to take the ship out of the water as soon as the new carriage has been completed. This will allow us to complete a survey and repairs as required to the hull. This means we will not be able to welcome you to the ship at the pier for the rest of 2021.

All is not lost! We do hope to have some events on the pier and those of you who hold a season ticket we have extended these to include 2022. More information will become available over the coming weeks and we apologies if this is disappointing but in the long run it means we get closer to getting the Maid sailing again!

We will be putting up some new merchandise on our website in the coming weeks so make sure to check it out as this is another way you can continue to support us. Money received from merchandise goes striaght back into the ship. 

Located on Route Section(s)

  • 1 Helensburgh to Balloch
  • 2 Balloch to Strathblane


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Loch Lomond Steamship Company, The Pier,, Pier Road,
Balloch G83 8QX

Latitude: 56.008651
Longitude: -4.591534