Come Aboard the Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond's Paddle Steamer. Tea room & souvenirs on board. Visitor displays and DVD shows; children's activities; majestic steam engine. Available for hire. Balloch Steam Slipway "In Steam" summer weekends.
Welcome to the Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond's Paddle Steamer. A two star visitor attraction moored at Balloch Pier, the Maid has a tea room for teas, coffees, and soft drinks; hot and cold snacks; and delicious home baking. Treat yourself to a coffee & cake while watching the boating activities around the ship and the ever-changing scenery of the "Bonnie Banks". There is plenty to do and see on board. A visitor facility tells the story of how this 555 ton paddle steamer got to Loch Lomond; there are audio displays; free children's quiz, soft toy trail, and "Fun With Flags" drawing activity. Come aboard and see the progress of restoration at work with our volunteers. And if you have some spare time, why not join the "crew"?
Maid of the Loch was built in 1953 and is a registered historic ship. All directors and volunteers give their time for free - there is no paid staff. The Maid is owned by a charity whose main aim is to return her to steam operation again. In August 2015, the charity was successful in getting support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, so professional experts are being engaged to produce a technical specification of what works will be necessary to get her sailing again. HLF have also promised £3.8 million towards the total cost, and the charity needs to raise a further £1.7 million to make it happen. Your support will be greatly appreciated to get this grand old lady sailing again.
Also visit the Balloch Steam Slipway, a Grade A listed building which was restored to full working condition in 2006. At the "In Steam" days throughout the summer, learn how a small steam boiler and engine can pull the Maid out of the water. Have a go at operating the steam whistle - kids just love it! Free entry; full access for the less-abled; car parking close by. Full details on the website at www.maidoftheloch.org