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'The Maid of the Loch' Paddle Steamer

Door open days

1 September 2018 (10.00-16.00)

West Dunbartonshire

How to get there : Pier Road or Ben Lomond Way near Lomond Shores - Balloch Station. Loch Lomond's Paddle Steamer on Loch Lomond, at Balloch Pier.

Open to the public as a family-friendly historic visitor attraction and as a unique venue for events and functions. See the end of this page for things to do.

PS Maid of the Loch is the last of a long line of Loch Lomond steamers that began about 1816. She was built by A. & J. Inglis of Glasgow launched on Thursday 5 March 1953. She is a "knock down" ship: that is, after assembly at the shipyard she was dismantled, and shipped to the loch by rail to Balloch where her sections were reassembled on a purpose built slipway.

Her two-cylinder compound diagonal steam engine is less advanced than had become usual on steamers such as the P.S.Waverley, but was considered suitable for the limited area of operations.


The restored A listed Balloch Steam Slipway is capable of pulling the 555 gross ton Maid of the Loch out of the loch. Well worth a visit in its own right.


Then board the paddle steamer itself. You can wander the decks and admire the great paddles. There is continuous work on the boat, but depending on what is in hand on the day, you should be able to see the great engines. Then back up for a cup of tea.



Guided tours will be available all day aboard the ship.

Find the Teddy Crew.

Take up the Signal Challenge and other quizzes.

See the engines.

Roman Frontiers Exhibition - more about this interesting exhibition under "West Dunbartonshire Exhibitions" and under NEWS on this website. 


There will be interactive activities at the steam powered slipway.

See the steam slipway boiler making steam.

Blow the Whistle.

Stoke the Boiler.

Haul up the Cargo.







Key Information

Building Date: Ship 1953; slipway and winch house 1902

Saturday 1st September.

Visit the engine rooms of both the boat and the slipway winch room.

Where to find us

  • Drumkinnon Bay
  • Balloch Pier
  • Balloch
  • G83 8QX