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Loch Lomond Shores

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Loch Lomond Shores is 25 miles northwest of Glasgow, at the south end of Loch Lomond, with a multi complex for shopping, cafes, restaurants, kids play, crazy golf, birds of prey centre, climb zone high in the trees, beach with many types of boats for hire including pedalos, and a large circular aquarium with a cafe at the top for great views over Loch Lomond. Shops List. Postcode: G83 8QL

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The image top is of the Slip where you can launch your Boat, Jet Ski or other.

The Paddle Steamer is the Maid of the Loch that entered service here in 1953.

The Paddle Steamer has been used as a Cafe since 2000, but is now being restored so it can be used for trips on the Loch once again. Large Image.

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Loch Lomond Shores website: lochlomondshores.com

Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer at Loch Lomond Shores G83 8QX

SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium G83 8QL

Tree Zone at Loch Lomond Shores G83 8QL

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre . G83 8QL

Loch Lomond Water Ski Club . G83 8QX

Sweeney Cruises at Balloch half of a mile south G83 8SS

Loch Lomond Waterbus with a stop at Loch Lomond Shores

Loch Lomond Pony Trekking 1 mile west G83 8QY

Loch Lomond Shores History:

The Pier at Loch Lomond Shores has been the main attraction on Loch Lomond since tourism escalated in the 1800s, with Steamers departing from the Pier.

Between 1818 and 1981, there were 22 Paddle Steamers operated on Loch Lomond.

1818 - the 60 ft wooden Paddle Steamer Marion is the first pleasure Steamer on Loch Lomond.

1836 - Paddle Steamer Loch Lomond entered service on Loch Lomond, the first metal Ship.

1850 - the Train link is opened between Glasgow and Balloch increasing tourist numbers.

1953 - the Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer enters service on Loch Lomond.

The Maid of the Loch was the last and largest Paddle Steamer on Loch Lomond. It had to be built in sections in Glasgow, taken to Balloch by Train, then built at Balloch.

1954 - Paddle Steamer Prince Edward is withdrawn from service.

1981 - the Maid of the Loch is withdrawn from service and laid up at Loch Lomond Shores.

Prince Edward & the Maid of the Loch were the last two paddle steamers on Loch Lomond.

1982 - MV Countess Fiona is the first of the diesel engine Ships to operate on Loch Lomond.

1989 - MV Countess Fiona is withdrawn from service on Loch Lomond.

Sweeney Cruises based at Balloch have since been the main operator of Motor Vessels for Cruises on Loch Lomond.

2000 - Maid of the Loch is restored to serve as a cafe / restaurant / party / wedding venue.

2002 - Loch Lomond Shores multi complex is completed.

2016 - funding is secured to restore the Maid of the Loch so it can again be used for Cruises, expected to take many years to complete.

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