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Transport / Maritime

Balloch Steam Slipway

Inside the winchouse
Inside the winchouse

Original winchhouse and slipway, built 1902. Audio visual & interactive displays. See website for “in steam” days. Next to paddle steamer 'Maid of the Loch'. Free entry.


  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access


Loch Lomond Steamship Co.


The Pier Pier Road Balloch Dunbartonshire G83 8QX

  • 01389 711 865
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  • View website

Open days

Easter weekend. Sat-Sun Jun-Sep 1200-1630.


By Rail: Balloch / 0.50 miles

Built to haul the loch steamers out of the water for repair/ overhaul. A wooden carriage sits on bogies consisting of 260 wheels, and this is lowered into or pulled out of the water by a steam engine via a three-gear winch.

“In Steam” days are held throughout the summer with the LLSC volunteer engineers on hand to answer questions and explain how it all works.

The winchhouse has several interactive and static displays, and an audio visual display showing how the winch works, and the Maid of the Loch being taken out of the water for the first time.

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