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We decided to head out of Glasgow for a day trip to Loch Lomond. ScotRail provide a service from Glasgow Queen Street station to Balloch which takes about 50 minutes and as we were travelling ‘off-peak’ the kids went for free.
Balloch is a small town at the southern end of Loch Lomond and acts as a center of tourism for the Loch itself. Balloch has a Sea Life Centre, a Castle and Country Park and Shopping Centre (with a summer Funfair). It provides the boarding point for cruises on the Loch itself, which was the main reason for our visit.
On arrival we took a short walk through a wood to the shores of Loch Lomond where the last paddle steamer built in Britain, the Maid of the Loch, now sits a serving tea to its visitors. The children had fun throwing stones into the loch and playing in a nearby sand playground. It was then time to walk back into town for our 2 hour cruise on the Loch with Sweeney’s Cruises.
Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch which is 24 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest point. It lies on the Highland Boundary Fault which was clearly visible from our boat. The cruise only scratched the surface of the area, taking us up the west of the loch to the village of Luss before turning around and heading back to Balloch. There is informative commentary along the way and a bar on the lower desk should you require refreshments.
It was a nice way to relax for a couple of hours taking in the scenery around the loch, however given our limitation of a day I think the kids would have been better entertained on the 1 hour cruise which would have allowed us more time to explore the town of Balloch.
The area around Loch Lomond definitely deserves more than a day of our time and if we return we will consider a much longer time to explore the beautiful area.