Balloch lies at the south end of Loch Lomond where the River Leven exits the loch before you take its quick journey to the River Clyde at Dumbarton. Title comes from the Gaelic "bealach" which means that, oddly to start with picture, mountain pass. Some have actually interpreted this as an illustration the River Leven was fordable right here, but it appears much more likely that it is the River's purpose in supplying a "pass" for boats between Loch Lomond and the ocean.
These days's Balloch is efficiently a north expansion of their even more industrial neighbour Alexandria. The core of the city lies slightly south associated with the coast of Loch Lomond, but this by no means diminishes the potency of the web link between town and loch.
It is many highly demonstrated by a walk across the bridge that crosses the River Leven inside city. From right here you can view the massive numbers of tiny vessels berthed at Balloch for usage on Loch Lomond.
Plus some regarding the vessels are not so small. Balloch could be the primary base of Sweeney's Cruises. This household run business has been running ships on Loch Lomond for more than 120 years. Today they have a fleet of traveler vessels, including Astina, the largest passenger vessel on Loch Lomond and the Silver Marlin (both shown in header picture), as well as the Lomond Duchess in addition to Glen Falloch. They are useful for daily cruises and private charter over summer and winter and possess both bathroom and full club facilities on board.
Balloch became an important portal to Loch Lomond through the 1800s, whenever numerous steamers operated in the loch. In 1850 the railway achieved Balloch, and carried on straight to a station built alongside the newly completed Balloch Pier from the loch.
Today the railway prevents in Balloch it self, as well as an occasion in the 1970s and 1980s the demise of conventional steamer solutions recommended that Balloch could possibly change its straight back regarding lochside area completely. Thankfully this never ever quite took place. The last steamer in-service on Loch Lomond, the Maid associated with Loch, which was kept to rot at Balloch Pier in 1981, was restored in order to become a static destination throughout the 1990s, and also the eventual aim is send it back to program on the loch.
The resurgence associated with lochside area proceeded when, in 2002, the Loch Lomond Shores development close to the coast of Loch Lomond opened its doors with a range of shopping and other tourist attractions, like the National Park Gateway Centre.
The Maid associated with Loch at Balloch Pier
Tourist Suggestions Centre