Historic Steamship

Maid of the Loch

Built on the Clyde in 1953 then disassembled and taken by railway for re-assembly at Balloch, Maid of the Loch is the last major paddle steamer to be built in Britain.

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Steam Slipway

Balloch Steam Slipway

Build in 1902 and used until 1989, this Grade A listed building houses a working steam engine capable of pulling the 555 ton Maid of the Loch out of the water.

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Events & Functions

Maid of the Loch is situated in the spectacular setting of Loch Lomond. A superb venue for events and functions, including dinner parties, buffets and wedding receptions.

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Historic Steamship

Steam Slipway

Welcome

Welcome to the website for the historic steamship Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond's Paddle Steamer. Visit her on the world famous Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, at Balloch Pier.

Maid of the Loch is open to the public as a family-friendly historic visitor attraction and as a totally unique venue for events and functions.

The restored Grade A listed Balloch Steam Slipway is capable of pulling the 555 gross ton Maid of the Loch out of the loch. Regular "In Steam" days allow the steam engine and gearing system to be seen in operation.

The Maid and Balloch Steam Slipway are loving cared for by the Loch Lomond Steamship Company, a charity based in Scotland. All staff are unpaid volunteers.

Latest News

  • Music on the Maid (3)

    As part of our Music on the Maid series, the Lomond Folk Club, which has been established in Balloch for many years, will be performing on the Maid...

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  • Wanted: Capital Appeal Director

    Do you have the fundraising skills to sail this magnificent ship into a new era? Capital Appeal Director Based Central Scotland c. £48,000 This is a unique opportunity...

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  • Maid’s New Arrivals

    Maid of the Loch is delighted to announce the arrival, by Mr & Mrs Swan, of six cygnets, on 11th May. Pen (the name of a female swan)...

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Forthcoming Events

  • Jimmie MacGregor’s Gathering

    Maid of the LochBallochAs part of our "Music on the Maid" programme, Scottish folk singer, Jimmie MacGregor, will be performing his gathering of "Songs, Stories and Famous Folk" on board the historic Maid of the Loch paddle steamer.

  • Loch Lomond Sound System

    Maid of the LochBallochThe Maid of the Loch will, once again, be hosting the Loch Lomond Sound System on Saturday 20 August 2016. This means the ship will be closed all day to the public.

  • Great Scottish Swim

    Maid of the LochBallochOnce again, the Great Scottish Swim is returning to Loch Lomond and the Maid of the Loch will be hosting swimmers and guests. This means there will be some restrictions on access to the ship during the event.

  • Great Scottish Swim

    Maid of the LochBallochOnce again, the Great Scottish Swim is returning to Loch Lomond and the Maid of the Loch will be hosting swimmers and guests. This means there will be some restrictions on access to the ship during the event.

  • Lomond Folk Club

    Maid of the LochBallochThe Lomond Folk Club will be performing on the Maid of the Loch on Saturday 3 September 2016. Doors open at 7.30 pm with performances starting at 8.00 pm. The evening will end at midnight.

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