Maid of the Loch
The Maid of the Loch by the world famous Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, at Balloch Pier, is the last paddle steamer built in Britain and the last in a long line of paddle steamers on the loch, dating back to 1818. In 2004, she officially became an historic ship, being placed on the UK "Designated Vessels List" which recognises vessels of "substantial heritage merit with regional and local significance."
The Maid is open to the public as an Historic Visitor Attraction and has a 2 Star Visitor Attraction award from VisitScotland under their quality assurance scheme. She is a totally unique venue for events and functions.
We will again have a Tea Room on board serving freshly made sandwiches, hot paninis, toasties, and fabulous home baking. Relax with a cup of freshly made coffee with a choice of several varieties. The Tea Room will also sell a range of souvenirs for the charity, and these will be on display on the ship.
There is plenty car parking adjacent, and limited access for the less abled. Admission is free. Donations are most welcome and helps the upkeep of the Maid.
The Steam Slipway is a 1902 heritage attraction, rebuilt in 2006 with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund. See here for our "In Steam" dates and see the steam engine in operation; try the interactive displays; or watch the audio visuals describe how the slipway pulls the Maid out of the water. Or blow our steam whistle!
Loch Lomond Steamship Company is a charity registered in Scotland (No. SC024062). All Directors and volunteers give of their time free. It has no paid staff.
Maid Opening Times
Access to the ship is via sloping wheelchair-accessible gangways. The top and main decks are only accessible via stairs.
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- Builder: A. & J. Inglis of Pointhouse, Glasgow
- Launched: 5th March 1953
- In service: 25th May 1953
- Withdrawn: 31 August 1981
- Length: 191 feet (58.2m)
- Breadth: 28.1 feet (8.6m)
- Draught: 4 feet 8 inches (1.42m)
- Tonnage: 555 grt
- Passenger capacity: 1,000
- Engine: Compound diagonal steam by Rankin & Blackmore Ltd. of Greenock