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A vast 200-acre country park on the southern tip of Loch Lomond in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. It features nature trails, guided walks, a walled garden, and picnic lawns with views of the Loch.

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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

0.22km from Balloch Park

Loch Lomond is the largest loch in all of Great Britain as measured by surface area.The loch is surrounded by many hills and also it is known for containing many islands, including Inchmurrin, the largest freshwater island in the British Isles. The total volume of Loch Lomond is 2.6 km3, making it the second largest lake in Great Britain, after Loch Ness, by water volume.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority

A beautiful national park in Scotland centred on Loch Lomond and the hills and glens of the Trossachs, along with several other ranges of hills. It was the first of the two national parks established by the Scottish Parliament in 2002. The park extends to cover much of the western part of the southern highlands, lying to the north of the Glasgow conurbation, and contains many mountains and lochs.

Maid of The Loch

Maid of The Loch

0.9km from Balloch Park

PS Maid of the Loch is the last paddle steamer built in the United Kingdom. It has operated on Loch Lomond for 29 years and as of 2021 is being restored at Balloch pier. It is open to the public every day Easter to October, and weekends only through the winter. She has a new livery of red, white and black, the funnel now red with a black top.

Balloch Castle & Country Park

Balloch Castle & Country Park

0.95km from Balloch Park

Balloch Castle Country Park lies on the southeast shores of Loch Lomond, on the northern edge of Balloch, 20 miles north of Glasgow. First recognised as a country park in 1980, it was originally developed in the early 19th century. Both the park and Balloch Castle were built by John Buchanan. Although the house has been periodically used for visitor facilities and council offices, it is now included on the Buildings at Risk Register. Balloch Castle is a category A listed building.

Balloch Castle

Balloch Castle

0.98km from Balloch Park

A majestic 19th century mansion house built for John Buchanan of Ardoch. The castle and estate are situated at the southern end of Loch Lomond, within the old Earldom of the Lennox; and the lands were held by the Earls of Lennox from the 11th century to 1652. The estate was designated as a country park in 1980, and since 2002 has been part of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

1.12km from Balloch Park

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is home to over thirty Birds of Prey and Owls, representing twenty-six species including all 5 British Owls. Birds of all sizes, the Little Owl, Kestrels, Buzzards, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles, including “Orla”, our Golden Eagle. The site is a relaxing venue to learn & escape every day life.

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West Dunbartonshire Council

West Dunbartonshire is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland. The area lies to the west of the City of Glasgow and contains many of Glasgow's commuter towns and villages. West Dunbartonshire also borders Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Stirling.

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