Plan Your TripThe Maid of the Loch
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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.

We also take Wedding & Events bookings, just have a look on our website and fill out an enquiry form! 

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

The ship is now closed for the winter season and will re-open April 2021. 

The ship is a large airy place and we’ve made huge efforts to make the ship a safe place to enjoy the wonderful surroundings of Loch Lomond. Arrangements for combating Covid are all in place.

Come on board and walk around The Maid, learn about her history and what her future plans are!

The Ship & Cafe will be open Wednesdays to Sunday 11am to 5pm, sometimes a little later. £3 entry charge for adults payable on the pier. Up to 3 children under 16yrs, per paying adult go free.

Season Ticket costs just £12 available in the cafe. This allows multiple visits to the ship and to our In Steam Days. Other events may have a separate charge.

We have lots of special In Steam Days, entry fee £5 per adults - see the details on the Events Page via our website - where you can share the excitement of the steam moving the huge pistons and turning the paddle wheels. The small extra charge on those days will help with the running costs of the engine.

The Historic Steam Slipway and Winch House will not reopen this year.

Donations encouraged of course when aboard the ship.

Located on Route Section(s)

  • 1 Helensburgh to Balloch
  • 2 Balloch to Strathblane

Categories

History/Heritage
Food and Drink Café

Facilities

Accessibility Guide
Free Wifi
Pet-friendly

Our Passport Offers

  • Stamping Station

Location

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

Latitude: 56.008651
Longitude: -4.591534